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Heroes of the East (1978)

Zhong hua zhang fu (original title)
A Chinese man (Liu) marries a Japanese woman through an arranged marriage and manages to insult all of her Japanese martial arts family by issuing a challenge to her that is misinterpreted ... See full summary »

Director:

Chia-Liang Liu

Writer:

Kuang Ni
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chia-Hui Liu ... Ho Tao
Yuka Mizuno Yuka Mizuno ... Yumiko Koda
Yasuaki Kurata ... Takeno, Japanese ninjutsu expert (as Kurata Yasuaki)
Naozo Kato Naozo Kato ... Dojo Grandmaster
Tsutomu Harada Tsutomu Harada ... Japanese Kendo expert (as Riki Harada)
Yujiro Sumi Yujiro Sumi ... Karate expert
Hayato Ryuzaki Hayato Ryuzaki ... Nunchaku expert
Nobuo Yana Nobuo Yana ... Japanese spear expert
Yasutaka Nakazaki Yasutaka Nakazaki ... Japanese Sai expert
Hitoshi Ômae Hitoshi Ômae ... Japanese judo expert
Chia-Liang Liu ... Drunken Master Su (Guest star)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lung Chan
Ming-Wai Chan ... (as Ming-Wei Chen)
Kang-Yeh Cheng ... Chow Kan
Chok Chow Cheung
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Storyline

A Chinese man (Liu) marries a Japanese woman through an arranged marriage and manages to insult all of her Japanese martial arts family by issuing a challenge to her that is misinterpreted by the others. He must then prove how good Chinese Kung Fu really is through a series of duels with the seven Japanese martial artists who come to meet the challenge. Written by Anonymous

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Action | Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | Japanese

Release Date:

November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heroes of the East See more »

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Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When the Japanese fighters arrive in Hong Kong they walk past, possible arrive on, the Norwegian ship MS Halldis. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK VHS release is cut by over 5 minutes for a '15' rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sparrow of Shaolin (2017) See more »

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better in Chinese
25 July 2008 | by gjhongSee all my reviews

I read somewhere that the producers tried hard to come up with a story that viewers outside Hong Kong would enjoy because Gordon Liu had fans in China and Japan thanks to his Shaolin monk movies. "Heroes of the East" was the result. Gordon Liu was in Montreal for the Fantasia Film Festival so local organizers and sponsors got him to come to Toronto to say hello after the show.

I noticed something watching the Chinese version that slipped by me when I watched the English dub years ago - only the Ninja Master and Ah To's wife could speak Chinese! I guess that was necessary for the sake of the story so our hero couldn't tell the other Japanese masters that everything was a big misunderstanding and there was no reason for them to fight.

I have good feelings about this movie because the story held together so well. Nobody was portrayed as a villain and everything was resolved happily with our hero accepting the friendship of the Kendo Master.


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