Shaolin Hand Lock
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From the director who gave Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung early breaks in film, Ho Meng-hua teams up with Mr. Kung-fu hero, David Chiang, in a funky, over the top, martial arts chiller based upon a secret kung-fu technique that is also the film's English title, Shaolin Hand Lock. Fans and non-fans of the genre will elate to again see Chiang match fists with Shaw Brothers’ number one villain, Lo Lieh.
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The Shaw Brothers have created over a thousand films and with several having been aired on US television and some being released on video, "The 14 Amazons" gets its release on DVD courtesy of Celestial Pictures and FUNimation Entertainment via their Hong Kong Connection line featuring original masters of the original film and both the Mandarin and English dub dialogue.
In 1978, the film "Shi Zi So Hou Shou" (Shaolin Hand Lock) was released in theaters and would feature action star David Chiang (who is currently regarded as a Kung Fu legend/icon).
The film revolves around brother Li Cheng-Ying (played by David Chiang) and his sister Meng Ping (played by Chan Ping) who are trained at their father's martial arts school. Li Cheng's father Li Bai (played by Dick Wei) is the creator and master of the Shaolin Hand Lock which he teaches to his son. But because the move leaves open a vulnerable spot, his father gives him his armored vest to protect him from battle.
As Cheng-Ying and his sister go out for grocery shopping, an old acquaintance visits Li Bai but immediately, goes under the attack and tells him that someone has hired to kill him.Read more ›
When I think Shaw Bros movies, I think OLD SCHOOL kung fu. This film was a more modernized. All the settings looked to be in the late 70's to early 80's. I prefer the movies where you see the Manchu vs. the Han. The Shaolin Handlock technique seemed rather linear. There wasn't much to it. Most movies have multiple moves within a form...this style, not so much.
One positive I will give this movie, besides starring David Chang, is how the main character had to adapt to finish off the bad guy.
Overall, I give it 3 stars. It's one of those DVDs I'll pop in a few months from now, but it isn't one I'd watch over and over and over again.
I own the Funimation / Celestial dvd version of the film, with extremely good widescreen picture quality (16:9), and English subtitles with Mandarin AND English language tracks. 89 minutes. The DVD gets a 4.5 out of 5 (Celestial is the top kung fu content releaser, period). Directed by Ho Meng Hua (Ho Meng-hua). 1978 aka Shaolin Handlock
I'd give the film a 3.5 out of 5, but the quality of the dvd bumps it to a 4 out of 5. Good film worth checking out, but there are plenty other greats out there (Ninja in the Dragon's Den, Five Elements Ninjas, 36th Chamber, Eternal Conflict, Knockabout, etc.).
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this was one of my mom and I favorite movies we use to watch a lot of late night movies together.Published on October 2, 2013 by Chevelle Hinton
Good movie with decent martial arts. History accurate for the fact the rear naked choke is a Shaolin Technique. So yeah, Jujitsu came from Kung Fu. Read morePublished on January 23, 2012 by Unknown Warrior