Death Duel of Kung Fu (1979)

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Reviewed by Simon on 2001-10-21

Old school affair set against a backdrop of Ching/Ming conflict, where two great fighters end up in a duel. One (Wong Tao) is a nationalist who wants to fight for his country against oppression, whilst the other (John Liu) is a more happy-go-lucky chap who is more interested in a test of skills. The picture is also brightened by an incredibly attractive young lady who serves to increase friction in the scenario.

It's a fairly interesting old-school piece, with some fairly good fight sequences. John Liu does some fantastic footwork and has good screen presence, though Wong Tao disappoints in charisma and in the very silly "pointy finger fist", which is really just a recipe for broken fingers no matter how good your kung fu is. Not a great movie, but worth seeing for John Liu's kicks and the nameless young lady's general appearance.

The Tai Seng DVD is a shabby transfer from an Ocean Shores master, full frame, dubbed and with lots of noise, but not bad image quality in itself.