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Death Duel (1977)

San shao ye de jian (original title)
The Third Master (Erh Tung Sheng, aka Derek Yee, in the role that launched his career) is considered to be the greatest sword master of the day. His displays of skill and strength bring ... See full summary »

Director:

Yuen Chor (as Chu Yuan)

Writers:

Yuen Chor, Lung Ku (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tung-Shing Yee ... Third Master Hsieh Hsiao-feng, Ah Chi
On-On Yu ... Hsiao Li (as Candy Yu)
Ping Chen ... Lady Mu-yung Chiu-ti
Yun Ling ... Yen Shih-san
David Chiang ... Mu-yung Chien-lung
Lung Ti ... Hero Fu Hung Hsueh
Lieh Lo ... Hero Huang Ting
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fei Ai ... Yu Mien Brother 1
Shen Chan ... Leader of Black Society
Shih-Ou Chang
Szu-Chia Chen ... Roadside Damsel
Tien Lung Chen
Yi-Hsiung Chi
Chuen Chiang
Szu-Ying Chien
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The Third Master (Erh Tung Sheng, aka Derek Yee, in the role that launched his career) is considered to be the greatest sword master of the day. His displays of skill and strength bring armies of challengers to his door, seeking the title for themselves. Not to be defeated, the Third Master fights evil, saves damsels in distress, and duels rival swordsmen to the death. Written by Ananymous

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Drama | Action

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

7 July 1977 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Duel See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Scholar: Confucius said, When Tao prevails in the realm, then campaigns are all initiated by the emperor. When the Tao declines in the realm, then campaigns are initiated by the nobles.
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A film where Hearts and Souls are on the line
17 August 2019 | by joelnova93See all my reviews

It's always a treasure to find a martial arts film adapted from a novel, because for once the story and dialogue are extremely solid and taken care of in advance, freeing up the producers to focus on what we really showed up to see: High flying, fast cutting, Martial Arts action.

And the action in DEATH DUEL is almost non-stop, as Derek Yee (Tung-Shing Yee), playing the former Champion of the Swordplay World now renounced and resigned as the "Hopeless Ah Chi" struggles to carve out a quiet life as a wanderer as old rivals turn up to claim the fame of defeating him.

And by God, Derek Yee, probably has his best ever performance here. You truly feel Ah Chi's distress, and this film required a strong lead for such an emotional narrative direction.

Likewise, the film seems very much intent on keeping things dark. A lot of the scenes take place at night, and there's even a fight where two characters are deliberately knocked into ceiling lanterns just to darken the room. Maybe there is a symbolism here, or a contrast that is supposed to highlight when the characters are finally out in the sun, or in the sunset. Interesting to observe.

The world in DEATH DUEL, the way of the wandering swordsman, and the pursuit of fame within the martial arts world, it's all brutal, and it's one where you don't really want to imagine being a part of. But no matter, you enjoy and still watch because it really feels like true hearts and souls are on the line. That is what a good martial arts movie, a dramatic story itself, should set out to be.

Score: 10/10


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