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Three students have recently returned to China after studying Hapkido in Korea. After setting up their own school, they run into trouble with the local Japanese school. They attempt to keep the peace until events force them to fight back.

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Awesome movie! --Risingsunproductions.net

Fantastic! --Fightingspirit.com

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Product Details

  • Actors: Angela Mao
  • Directors: Feng Huang
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Bonzai Media Corp. RSP
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W641W0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,969 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In my opinion this flick should be credited with TOP honors for world-wide kung fu-proliferation, alongside classics like "King Boxer" and, of course, Bruce Lee's "The Chinese Connection", all from the same year. This combines the former's fight-frequency and plot-feasibility with the latter's top-notch fight-quality! If you like 70s kung fu, you CANNOT go wrong with this film!

Angela Mao ("Broken Oath") plays Yu Ying, a Chinese girl studying Hapkido in Japan-occupied Korea with her two brothers, Fan Wei (Action director Sammo Hung, "Knockabout") and Kao Chung (Carter Wong, "Story of the Dragon"). After beating up a group of Japanese bullies, their master (Hapkido ultra-Grandmaster Ji Han Jae) urges the trio to return to Japan-occupied China and open up a dojo, spreading the art as a means of self-discipline and resistance to tyranny, though with a strong emphasis on tolerance. They agree and head home, little dreaming that the Japanese Black Bear Karate school will threaten their peace, patience and, possibly, their lives.

Yeah, the plot is fairly formulaic but the fights are WAY ahead of their time! Not only are the near-constant altercations fast but there are some groovy, legitimate Hapkido moves shown, particularly from Grandmaster Ji in the film's early moments AND in the form of a rare good-guy appearance from the always-impressive Whang In Shik ("Young Master"), standing-by for an early sparring session and one full-on bash later on! The Japanese master (Yamane Turuo, "Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance") also gets to show some sweet Karate maneuvers! I should probably mention that our 3 leads are not too bad either!
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Although it was fun watching this movie and seeing the young Angela Mao after all these years this product was a let-down for me based on what I was expecting due to the other reviews that I read here prior to purchase. I guess my standards are higher or I received a different DVD than the one's that got 3 stars or above in the other reviews. My DVD looked like it was copied from a 2nd or 3rd generation VHS tape. Picture quality throughout ranged from fair to poor and in many places there was static and lines in the picture. If that was the only thing wrong I would have been ok with it as I have collected many older videos that are so-so for their nostalgic value. The worst thing about this DVD is that its copied from a pan and scan version that has been re-centered and enlarged so anything that isnt in the exact center of the picture is cut off and cannot be seen. For example...when the credits roll at the beginning you can only see a part of a name or a credit. Throughout the film there are many scenes where two or more people are out of frame to the right or left (or both) of the picture then you might see half a face, part of a leg, or a sudden fist come flying in to frame not knowing who it belongs to. The Box says that this DVD is "digitally remastered and restored". Don't believe it. This is a rip-off. NOT RECOMMENDED
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Great action, great fight scenes, skillful actors. The plots tend to always be the same (avenging a murdered master, rescuing a kidnapped girl, challenging a drug lord, etc….). But I watch them for the great choreographed fight scenes.
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The video quality and sound are very good for an early 70's low budget Hong Kong kung fu film. The fight scenes are well choreographed, and the story is well paced. Bruce Lee fans will quickly notice the similarities between this picture, and The Chinese Connection, as both were produced by Raymond Chow (Bruce's long time business partner), and were made in the same style. I loved this "blast from the past".
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I'm not the best person to review this film, since I'm not its intended audience. My taste in martial arts movies is several years more recent than this 1972 production. But you know what? - I'm impressed nonetheless. "Hapkido" is a simple, questionably-proportioned fightfest that will push the buttons of Hong Kong action fans from this period who value hand-to-hand brawls over weapons and wirework...and mine, too.

The story: Three young Chinese masters of hapkido - played by Angela Mao (When Taekwondo Strikes), Carter Wong (Shaolin Traitorous), and Sammo Hung (Magnificent Butcher) - return to China from their tutelage in Korea to open schools of their own, but are quickly caught up in deadly trouble with a Japanese martial arts school run amuck over the local population.

There really isn't more to the plot than that. The occupation of Korea and Manchuria by Japan plays heavily into the plot, giving the film a very nationalistic slant: the Japanese occupiers are all racist troublemakers, and only the equally racist (but justified!) Chinese masters can stop them from abusing the defenseless population. The period setting of the film keeps this in perspective, but there's no denying that the movie's story is simplistic. Similarly, there's little nuance when it comes to the acting, and absolutely no ambiguity between good guys and villains, but this has its own retro charm - fans of ham drama will be rolling.
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