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  • Actors: Ti Lung, Mai Tak-lo, Liu Hsueh-hua and Tang Chia
  • Directors: Tang Chia
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: 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: Navarre Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ELXSOO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,162 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Tang Chia is considered one of the greatest kung-fu choreographers ever. He directed three movies on his own and his last, is not only his greatest, but one of the greatest ever. Ti Lung, in one of his finest performances, stars Tieh Chiao-san, head of the Ten Kwangtung Tigers, who falls victim to opium, the drug which crippled China. The tragedies and drama that ensue are as stunning as the kung-fu, created by a superlative team of six martial artists. It leads to a truly unforgettable climax, as a trembling Tieh, still weak from going cold turkey, must face the gangsters who have ruined his town while he was addicted. A legitimate masterpiece and one of the finest, most effecting martial arts movies Shaw Brothers ever produced. Also starring Chen Kuan-Tai (Heroes Two) and Phillip Ko Fei (Enter the Dragon).

Customer Reviews

Had on vhs,now in dvd.
Evelio
The picture quality in blu ray is excellent, especially considering the age of the movie.
monkuboy
Great fighting Sceens and a real drama too.
David Waweru

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ted J. Nemeth on August 17, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
This film has been difficult to find in the past. Not exactly a lost classic, certainly not obscure -given the cast, but I am certainly grateful to Celestial and Jade Tiger for making this fine print available. I have been waiting for someone to transfer some of these classics on to Blu Ray. Celestial bought the rights to DVD release the entire Shaw filmography and the have done a great job. Films that have been available only as awful VHS prints were digitally remastered lovingly, way beyond what I thoght possible.
That said- this has not been mastered from an original film print but instead is an upscaled DVD, mastered as a Blu Ray disc. Anime fans have been getting this shaft for a while, now it looks like martial arts movie fans are the latest victims.
Don't get me wrong, this is a beautiful print, like most Celestial prints, it is not however true HD.
The sound on this disc is poor, I have Celestial DVD's with far better sound quality, I am not sure what the issue was with the audio.
Shaw Brothers fans will have to wait with their fingers crossed hoping someone will be willing to put the effort Celestial did with DVD for true HD Shaw titles.
This disc comes included with a beautiful liner notes booklet, filled with great photos and information.

Movie- 5 Stars
Print- 4 Stars
Audio- 2 Stars
Extras- 4 Stars (beautifl liner notes, interviews etc.)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By monkuboy VINE VOICE on June 23, 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
If you are looking for a lot of martial arts action that is well choreographed, it's worth spending the money to get this relatively inexpensive blu ray. I'd never heard of this movie until I read the review on bluray.com and since the price was so reasonable on Amazon, I decided to buy it.

The plot is predictable and laughingly melodramatic - my wife and I sat there cracking up at the cheesy acting - but the fight scenes are very well executed. And there are plenty of fight scenes, starting up at the slightest provocation.

The picture quality in blu ray is excellent, especially considering the age of the movie. Sound quality is okay, about as good as you can expect. The sound effects of things like swords clinking against each other are pretty repetitive, just the same effect used over and over no matter what part of the swords hit each other.

If you want a good martial arts action flick and aren't looking for something deep, plus you want good picture quality, this movie would be a good choice.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Scott on March 30, 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Excellent film from Shaw Brother.
Fantastic quality on Blu-ray,it looks better than many top Hollywood films.

Ti Lung is magnificent as the hero, great fight sequences.

The standard DVD also is top quality.

Beautifully coloured and in 2.35 CinemaScope(ShawScope)

Recommended Highly
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By Paul Scott on April 8, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought the Bluray version and it is superb quality in 2.35 Widescreen.

Great story,very well Produced
Highly Recommended.

I understand the DVD is from the same superb master.
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Format: DVD
Anti-drug martial arts movie with a bit more plot and a bit less action than average (but not a lot less action). Nice change from the usual Hong Kong Cinema fare.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Waweru on July 2, 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A true Shaw Brother's Classic. Great fighting Sceens and a real drama too. The film shows the ugly truth of drug addition. The Kung Fu Master who thinks his casual use of Opium is harmless. Soon learns the folly of his actions. As he first looses some of his student to the drug and then himself. In the end he tries to redeem himself, fight off the druglords that control it, and honor his fallen students.
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