The Deadly Duo

1971 [CHINESE]

Action / Drama

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 57%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 548

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Bolo Yeung as The river dragon of jin
720p.BLU
750.12 MB
1280*544
Chinese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 21 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 7 / 10

Brawling, bloody action from beginning to end

THE DEADLY DUO is another splendid production made by director Chang Cheh with stars Ti Lung and David Chiang for the Shaw Brothers studio. Cheh, Lung and Chiang teamed up for over a dozen of these films and rather incredibly most of them turn out to be good if not fantastic, and THE DEADLY DUO carries on that tradition.

Things open in a jaw-dropping fashion with some brutal execution scenes and a mass fight between a group of rescuer heroes and the massed forces of evil. The heroes are Sung fighters here while the bad guys are Mongols typically wearing animal pelts. The story gets a little bogged down by telling major action scenes in flashback where I think they would have worked better played out in a linear fashion, but this is only a minor complaint. At around the halfway point of this short film, the main plot becomes clear: the heroes have to infiltrate a fortress to rescue a kidnapped Sung prince. The only man who can aid them is David Chiang, a fighter famed for his light frame.

What follows is a bloody and brutal fight in which mass brawling violence occupies most of the running time. Cheh gleefully directs the gory mayhem and the resultant film feels like a comic book at times, especially with the 'five element' henchmen including Tree Man, Mole Man, and the great Bolo Yeung playing the shaven-headed River Dragon! Lung and Chiang bounce off each other well as the heroes and the excellent supporting cast features Chen Sing, Ku Feng and Stanley Fung (best known for playing Rawhide in the LUCKY STARS films) as villains. It's a real treat for Shaw fans.

Reviewed by sockii 7 / 10

Classic Shaw Brothers film

This is a good old-fashioned kung fu movie, featuring the always entertaining pairing of Shaw Brothers stars David Chiang and Ti Lung. While it may not show the polish and lightning-fast kung fu of later martial arts movies, this one has a simple but engaging storyline and enough action to keep the viewer watching.

Reviewed by planktonrules 8 / 10

It starts slow but is mega-cool.

This Shaw Brothers film is exceptional. It's so good because it's jam-packed full of insanely fast and high quality fighting--fighting which features wonderful choreography and actors with great skill. In addition, unlike many Chinese sword epics, this one features LOTS of different weapons and styles--even cymbals of death and a grappling hook on a chain!! It's also good because unlike some martial arts films, the DVD is wonderful--with both Chinese language and two different English language tracks. So, for purists out there that had dubbing, it's a treat to be able to turn off the English--thought the dubbing, by the way, is surprisingly BETTER than the rather lackluster subtitles! And, there are two DIFFERENT dubbed tracks (I prefer the 2nd one). The film, however, is at first rather bad because story and character development seem almost unimportant until about a third of the way into the movie. If you want a story about people and want to see acting, then this film is not for you--it's almost completely frenetic action. And when it does slow down, a bit, it still is not one of the more character-driven stories I've seen!

My wife is not a martial arts film fan, but she usually can tune out my pictures. However, she begged me to watch this by myself later since it was making her (and our dog) frantic just hearing it!! Once I went to the exercise room and popped the DVD back into a different player, I was happy I didn't just give up on it. The story, while never great, got a lot better. And I was really impressed by the action--David Chiang, in particular, was great.

As far as setting for this story goes, understanding it will help if you read up on this part of history--and the film WON'T help you to understand this! But, here goes...the Jin (also called Jinn) captured the northern part of China and captured the Emperor, his father (who had previously abdicated) and the Crown Prince. Eventually, the Prince was somehow rescued--and went south to continue the Sung Dynasty in the southern portion of China. This movie is about some heroes who gave their lives to save the Prince. You will NOT understand all this based on the prologue--which seems to assume you are Chinese and know Chinese history.

Hsiao Pin-fu (called 'Little Bat' in the subtitles) has been sent by his master to find his old friend from their martial arts school because the Master was saddened that his student had given in to evil. When Hsiao Pin-fu arrives, he learns that indeed his old friend is a crook--and soon another nice-guy (Pao Kung Tien) is there because this crook knows about the kidnapping and how to find the Prince. The baddies are killed and Pao and Hsiao join forces. LOTS of killing and excitement ensues--along with a finale where Hsiao loses about 75 gallons of blood and STILL manages to keep on fighting!! While it starts slow, if you are a fan of the genre you must see this film. It's great--exceptionally well made and cool throughout.

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