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During the Ming Dynasty in China, King Jing entered in an agreement with Imperial Eunuch Pei to increase his power and influence in southern China with the ultimate goal being to usurp the ... See full summary »

Director:

Chun Hsieh

Writer:

Cheh Chang
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuang Chiao ... Wen Shu-chen
Lily Ho ... Lin Hong-yu
Ching Lee ... Sister Yu Chin-erh (as Li Ching)
Lei Cheng
Liang Hua Liu ... Yu Wu-min, carpenter's wife
Cliff Lok ... Wen Lung (as Tung Chin)
Lily Li ... Maid Hsin Yen
Hung Lieh Chen ... Li Chi
Ying Lee ... Royal inspector Liu Ti-an
Ti Tang Ti Tang ... Abbott Ming Kung
Yi Feng
Yunzhong Li ... District magistrate Wang (as Yun-Chung Li)
Wu Ma
Mei Sheng Fan
Shun Tien Shun Tien
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During the Ming Dynasty in China, King Jing entered in an agreement with Imperial Eunuch Pei to increase his power and influence in southern China with the ultimate goal being to usurp the power of the Emperor. To this end King Jing has enlisted the aid of the bandit Minkong and his men along with Governor Wang of the southern province of Haimin.

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Action | Adventure

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

18 May 1966 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Knight of Knights See more »

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Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Not quite opera not quite golden
27 February 2019 | by ckormos1See all my reviews

Fellows in black invade a temple. A monk appears and the men call him out as a criminal and they fight. The opening fight is a bloody brawl. They do not hold back on the blood and amputations. The men are lead deeper into the monastery and picked off or fall into traps one at a time. Only one escapes. He lives long enough to tell Wen Suchen about the dirty deeds and then dies. The monks have imprisoned ladies to serve them. A student arrives to study there and they allow him in. It is Wen Suchen. Shaw Brothers cinematographers used a camera technique to darken the image to give the appearance of night during daylight. This technique always looked fake to me and only served to make the video hard to see. True I have only seen these moives on wide screen television so maybe it looked acceptable in theatres but I doubt it. The fights are standard fare for 1966, a time when actors were actors and only stunt men had any martial arts skills. That means mostly brawling sword fights where the actor raises his sword, the stunt men hit it, he waves his sword and stunt men fly off in every direction, and there is a cut every two or three moves. The hero putting on a face mask also is effective. This movie has more of the look of a Chinese opera rather than a martial arts movie from the golden age of 1967 to 1984. (1966<1967, duh!) For that fan I can only recommend it because it is Shaw Brothers. I have watched all these movies in chronological order and it was quite a learning experience to see the development in filming, fighting, and acting. My copy is the Celestial release DVD and the video and subtitles are excellent.


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