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Hot, Cool and Vicious (1980)

Tao-liang Tan , Don Wong , Tso Nam Lee  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tao-liang Tan, Don Wong, Ming Chin, Chia-Lin Sun, Su-jin Yeo
  • Directors: Tso Nam Lee
  • Writers: Hsin Yi Chang
  • Producers: George Wang
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tai Seng
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2000
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y7EI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,104 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hot, Cool and Vicious" on IMDb

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-mounted kung fu film in the style of a western November 25, 2001
THE HOT, THE COOL AND THE VICIOUS (1976) has a much more complicated plotline than the average kung fu movie and boasts some intriguing touches not often found in the genre. Packed with incident, it's a skillful blend of police drama and western as it focuses on a small town security chief (and Northern Leg expert) and his efforts to arrest the son of the town boss, all while keeping an eye on a notorious killer (and Southern Fist fighter) who's arrived in town on a mystery mission. Eventually the town boss's partner in crime, the albino Mr. Lung, returns for the inevitable showdown.
Captain Lu, the Northern Leg expert, is played by Tan Tao Liang. The Southern Fist fighter is played by Wong Tao. After initial antagonism, the two team up to combat town boss Yuen (George Wang) and the blond-tressed Mr. Lung (played by the film's fight choreographer Tommy Lee). Also in the cast are three striking actresses, one of whom (Sun Chia Lin) plays a woman seeking revenge on Captain Lu and attacks him with weapons at various points.
The film's dizzying narrative is interspersed with fast and frequent kung fu bouts, one of which takes place in a deserted ghost town. Tan demonstrates his amazing leg power with satisfying regularity. Wong Tao fights well but also has dark matinee idol looks, sort of in the mold of Hollywood golden era swashbuckling star Tyrone Power. His character is something of a womanizer, a rare quirk for a kung fu hero. The film's stars and director (Lee Tso Nam) reunited for the similarly styled CHALLENGE OF DEATH (1978).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By morgoth
At least my world would be a much better place. The guy's choreography is up there with anybody ever. He was certainly top 10. And just like a lot of others, he would star in the movies himself. Lee tso-nan's creation of Tommy's hunchback fighter is so weird and wonderful. Not the best 2 on 1 fight ever like the dvd case says, but AWESOME for it's time.

I have to agree with beckyboy saying that the fights are great as is the story. But the picture is anythign but. Full screened which sucks casue with tan tao's legs flying every which way, you need it widescreeend. Picture quality for the tai seng version is not remastered but still very watchable.

So I don't want to give away the story cause it is oh so good. Revenge will take place but a with a real storyline. The voice dubbing of Tommy's hunchback ghost like character is classic and also look out for Phillip Ko getting beat down by dorian tan over and over.

A few minutes longer than your average kugn fu tale but Lee Tso Nan shows to be the top independent kung fu maker ever in my opinion over Joseph Kuo by his ability to tell a good story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Talk about a kicking movie April 29, 2007
Tan Tao Liang - no wonder he's nicknamed Flash Legs. Jeez, this guy can hold a leg up in the air and kick repeatedly, without putting it down, just like a boxer uses his jab. Really, you just have to see this guy. The other guys are okay, but this is Tan's movie. The choreography isn't bad, there's no ridiculous Chinese humor, and the dubbing works - what more could you want? Okay, by today's standards, there's no spectacular flying kicks (or flying at all - no wires), the fights are slower paced, and the villain is drawn so over the top he's quite laughable, but if your thing's kicking martial arts, this is a movie that'll have you hitting your pause and replay buttons.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old "Skool " Kung Fu!! June 10, 2006
To give this flick anything less than 4 stars,,,that would only make me another follower,,,which apparently is the trend on Amazon. If the first guy (reviewer) started off with 2 or 3 stars,,,others tend to follow that trend,,,,,,,,,,,,NOT ME,,,,I WRITE IT AS I SEE IT PERIOD,,cuz I know my old school kung fu!!

This flick has a great plot, amazing fights scenes and the dvd transfer chrystal. Having said that to give this flick anything less than 4 stars would be a gross dis-service. Tan tao Liang performed brilliantly in this,,,,trust me,,take a chance and check it out,,,you will walk away nothing less than satisfied!! You could put that in your pipe and smoke it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great plot and execellent fight scenes September 20, 2001
By daniel
This movie probably has the best plot i've seen for a old school
kung fu movie. There is a great opening fight scene and there is just enough fights in the movie and the main villian tommy lee is cool as mutha and his voice is just scary. Don't listen to any bad reviews just buy it you will be thanking me, at a price of 15 dollars you can't go wrong this. Needs to be in every kung fu fans libary. The only complaint is it could have had a little more fighting in it but thats just nitpicking so get it now.
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