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Countdown to Kung Fu (Shao Lin men) (Hand of Death) (Strike of Death) (1976)

Countdown to Kung Fu (Shao Lin men) (Hand of Death) (Strike of Death) (1976)

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The Chinese Manchus were a northern tribal people who conquered the country and formed the last Imperial dynasty. Most Chinese considered the Manchus to be foreigners. Many patriotic Chinese formed themselves into secret groups and sought martial-arts training at the anti-Imperial Shaolin temple. In this movie, Shih, a former student at the Shaolin temple who has defected to the Manchus, leads in the effort to suppress that temple and the martial arts which came from it. The abbot of that temple is forced to hunt down the renegade monk Shih. He finds unexpected allies on the road. The film was directed by Wu Yu Sen, who later became better known to Western audiences as John Woo.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Art House & International
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Studio:
Golden Harvest Company

Cast

Jackie Chan
as Tan Feng
James Tien
as Shih Shao-Feng
Tan Tao Liang
as Yun Fei
Yang Wei
as The Wanderer
John Woo
as Scholar Cheng
Lingfeng Shangguan
as Autumn Moon
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[img]http://martialmoviestars.free.fr/Sammo%20Hung/Hand%20Of%20Death.jpg[/img] [size=5]This is a pre 1986 John Woo film. He wrote it and directed it. Hand of Death has a good plot. This is a realy slow moving film action wise. The charactors are very well thought out and planned and the story is realy good but it is a kong fu movie with a lot of acton sceens. It's not meant to be a film just on the basis of plot and story. The action sceens are a staple of what this film is as a period martial arts film. Believe me I love movies with that are period films that aren't martal arts films in hong kong but they don't need to be based on the sole idea of reveange. They are sopposed to be a certan way. I finaly got used to this film and I do like it. But there is no reason why the action sceens should be this slow paced Samo Hung is tha acton director after all. I think that John Woo must have wanted the acton sceens this slow paced but for what reason I do not know. Even the stars of the movie in "count down in kung fu" also called head of death by golden harvest in the original english dub. Tao-liang Tan was the lead and I have seen him do crazy insane stunts but in this movie it was very slow and tame. See it for youself! To you it may be good it may not![/size]

Jonathan Huth
Jonathan Huth
½

This is not a Jackie Chan film, Dorian Tan is the star, but Chan gives one of his best (most serious) early performances. The martial arts action is above average under the direction of Sammo Hung. Dorian Tan uses his trademark high kicks very effectively as the "Northern eighteen styles kicks" along with some "Southern five styles boxing." Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan provide excellent martial arts performances as well. James Tien is not the greatest martial artist on the Jade screen but does an acceptable job. Some of the early fights are a bit slow and seem over choreographed but the final showdowns featuring Chan, Tan and Hung are very good.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

In comparison to other films in the 'martial arts cinema' genre, this one stands out as superior, with character development, decent cinematography, and a used, but good, plot. The fight scenes are moderate, but nothing memorable.

Ramsey Anderson
Ramsey Anderson

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