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Death Duel of the Mantis


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  • Actors: Fei Lung; Ging Shun Mau
  • Writers: Lui Kai Shen
  • Producers: Lam Hueng
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JP63M4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,186 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Death Duel of the Mantis" on IMDb

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A Kung-Fu master trains a young man who is out for revenge applying his acrobatic and animal-style kung fu moves.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scifihorrorfan on September 22, 2003
Format: DVD
This is a very engaging movie. The story itself is alright. It's about an orphan named Xiao Hai, played by Ting Wa-Chung, who is raised by a crime boss played by Lung Fei, and begins to learn the Chicken fist when he falls for a girl who is a mantis fist expert, played by Kam Yin-Fei.
The reason to get this film is the fight coreography. While it kind of looks undercranked, it's not obvious, unlike some of those Alexander Lo Rei 'Ninja' films during the 80's. And the treat is watching Kam Yin-Fei. She is AWESOME. Not only does she have a lot of power, reminiscent of Michelle Yeoh's on-screen fighting, but she's also very acrobatic. She does as many flips and leg sweeps as the lead character Xiao. Xiao is not a very sympathetic character, but he is a great on-screen fighter and verry acrobatic. He does multiple flips in one spot, not unlike Li Yi Min in some of his films. Lung Fei is also great, but there is some body doubling when his character does some flips.
The downside of this DVD is the picture quality. It is full screen and looks like it was taken from a VHS source. I also had a problem with the sound effects during the fight scenes, but I think that was more a fault of the original makers of the films. Some of the body blows, for instance, had the same sound effect as the 'slap' sound made when one guy blocks a hit with his arms. You realize how important proper sound effects are to making a fight work in a kung fu film.
The special features are interesting, but nothing special. Gordon Liu's interview isn't very enlightening.
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By Kevin Oats on March 19, 2014
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One of the best movies I've watched. I'm a huge Kung Fu movie fan and I watch them all the time and have since I was a kid with my brother and cousins.
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This was a solid kung fu movie. At first, the slapstick scenes were annoying me, but as the plot unfolded, I cared what was happening. That's not always the case with this genre... sometimes the story is just filler between fight scenes. And this one had some amazing ones. There were slow parts, but the revelations about some of the character relationships towards the end really make it interesting. As another reviewer mentioned, the choreography is soooo good in this. Kam Yin-Fei, and Ting Wa-Chung are so cool to watch fight vs, and side-by-side. I especially liked Kam Yin-Fei, as she's like a lightning fast robot, and super cute. I love the hilarious dubbing and the awkward cuts in these movies. This one has some good ones, but it's not completely riddled with them.

Overall, great for anyone who finds all the quirkiness of 70's and 80's kung fu productions endearing, and wants to see one with a little more plot substance than most. I only gave it four stars for some of the slow parts and a bit of the ol' unfunny intentional humor. I seem never to laugh at the parts that are intentionally funny, though. See it!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By morgoth on April 6, 2007
Format: DVD
This is just another ordinary kung fu flick. It starts out interesting with a young orphan who has been raised by gangsters. The leader of the gang is Lung Fei and after the kid learns his chicken style, he is now the gang's top henchman. After meeting a mantis master who has a score to settle with Lung Fei, the young man has to decide whether or not to remain a gangster. He loves the mantis teacher's daughter, but he also loves Lung Fei as a father figure.

The story itself is pretty boring, but Lung Fei shows to be a good actor. The main star's love interest is not a good actress, but she has some very good fighting skills. The plot definitely had potential, and while the movie is not too cheesy, the story just isn't done very well.

The reason to get this movie is for Lung Fei. This is definitely one of his best performances and while the chicken style is usually used comically, Lung Fei doesn't play around!

The star of the movie is not bad. His acting is beyond awful but he is not a bad fighter and his acrobatics are the only reason he is worth watching.

Not a good movie, but not bad for die hard fans of the genre.

2.5/5

DVD from Videoasia has very bad picture quality, but it's still watchable, for me at least. The DVD works, at least Videoasia got that part right on this release. If you are new to Videoasia movies, then always expect the worst.
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