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Kiss of Death (2008)

Chen Ping , Lo Lieh , Ho Meng-Hua  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Chen Ping, Lo Lieh, Chen Ching, Chan Shen, Chiang Tao
  • Directors: Ho Meng-Hua
  • Writers: Chiu Kang-Chen
  • Producers: Runme Shaw
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019M7KS8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kiss of Death" on IMDb

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In one of the most savage stories of retribution ever filmed, a tough and beautiful factory girl is attacked by a gang of thugs. Learning that she only has a limited time to live due to a contracted disease, she vows to kill the men responsible, thanks to the training of a retired martial arts master with the skills necessary to wipe out an entire criminal army! Filled with jaw-dropping action sequences and wild twists, this swinging `70s exploitation classic was a strong inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill and is one of Hong Kong's most outrageous cult classics, now available on DVD for the first time!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some fun exploitation! September 5, 2008
By morgoth
Format:DVD
Chan Ping works in a factory, and after work one day she gets jumped by a bunch of guys (including Fan Mei Sheng, Kong Do and Chan Shen). They really have their way with her, and she is left with a sexual disease. She is haunted by her memories and wants to take revenge. She meets Lo Lieh who plays a brothel owner with a limp, and she convinces him to teach her how to fight so she can take revenge.

This is an odd movie. The director seems to be getting every underskirt shot he can capture. And there is one really weird scene where Chan Ping goes to see a gynecologist and the guy is a total sicko. The movie is well done, but I found it even more fun because of all the exploitation. There's plenty of nudity, and there's also plenty of violence. The fights are pretty good for 1973. Lo Lieh looks great, though nobody else really gets to shine. The final 8 minutes or so is where it gets really crazy. They don't focus on showing blood and guts splattering everywhere, but the violence is still pretty graphic. Highly recommended for fans of Shaw Brothers exploitation movies.

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The Image DVD has great picture quality. It has the original language, and also an English dub. Image has been using English dubs on their releases a lot lately, and I am very thankful for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Vietnam Rose": don't let this happen to YOU! February 18, 2010
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There was more to the Shaw Brothers studio than the martial arts movies seen by Americans in the '70s-'80s. A run-down of Shaw's complete motion picture output will show they also released dramas, romances, musicals, horror, comedies and exploitation for Aisan audiences, too; "The Kiss Of Death" (directed by Ho Meng-Hua) falls into the latter category. True, some martial arts fighting is found here, but it does not take up the WHOLE scenario. This is a REVENGE picture in the "Death Wish" vein with more than a few twists.

One night, a woman factory worker (Chen Ping, in her first Shaw film) is gang-raped on her way home from work, contracts an STD (the aforementioned "Vietnam Rose"), and decides to get back at all the perpetrators before the disease claims her life. She learns how to be on the offensive from her new employer--and eventual lover--a club owner (Lo Lieh) and a fellow employee (Hui Siu-Hung).

As most exploitation films go, one may guess at how this will all turn out without having seen even a few flickers, but I say that's not necessarily so; the viewer will be entertained, regardless (no spoilers)! While there is a plot, the story is applied in such broad brushstrokes, it's up to the actors (to be precise, the ones who are the "heroes") to fill in the gaps with emotions that explain the motivations of the characters; the movie goes relatively quick, so details are scarce.

The Mandarin dub (with subtitles) works better than the English dub, but BOTH still have laughable moments of dialogue, which means it fits in well with other exploitation movies of the '70s!
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