Hand Of Death (1976)

7/10 - Absolutely amazing!
Reviewed by Simon on 09 February 2002

Just kidding :(

With this being Jackie Chan's first credited role, Sammo Hung doing choreography and John Woo directing you'd expect this to be something special, but in fact it's just a pretty standard old school flick. My chronology of old school isn't good enough to know if it was ahead of its time for 1975, but there is nothing obvious in it that hints at the future careers of those involved. Jackie is barely recognisable here - in fact I'm still not completely sure that he was the character I thought he was. You can catch a few glimpses of Yuen Biao as a stuntman if you're so inclined.

Not a bad old school movie - pretty standard Shaolin fighters team together to overthrow an evil Manchu lord type plot, with lots of fight scenes. Just nothing particularly special. Although being able to see it widescreen & subtitled is a nice treat I guess.

Cast

Tan Tao-Liang
James Tien
Jackie Chan
Sammo Hung
John Woo
Wilson Tong
Yuen Biao
Yuen Wah

Crew

Director
John Woo
Action Director
Sammo Hung
Production Company
Golden Harvest
Paragon Films Ltd.
Writer
John Woo
Editor
Peter Cheung Yiu-Chung
Soundtrack
Joseph Koo Ka-Fai