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Hong Kong martial arts Kung fu Chinese docks syndicate drug dealers vow of non-violence redemption coward

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Seen on: 11/15/2020

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Freedom Strikes a Blow (1973)

Directed by Ta Huang

Action | Drama

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Overview

A martial arts fighter, haunted by his past, takes a job as a dock worker in a small village. His vow never to fight again is tested by the cruel owner of the pier.

Rated PG | Length 90 minutes

Actors

Jackie Chan | Corey Yuen | Bolo Yeung | Yuen Biao | Stephen Tung Wai | Michael Chan | Yeh Fang | Chung Fat | Yuen Bun | Huang Chung-Hsin | Leung Tin | Chiang Fan | John Cheung Ng-Long | Lee Tin-Ying | Lam Saan

Viewing Notes

AKA CHINESE HERCULES and one half of a Blu-ray drive-in double feature from Dark Force Entertainment (yeah, not the best company to be buying shit from). This is an unrestored, dubbed widescreen print like you’d have seen back in the 1970s when it was first released, complete with scratches and other damage, sound dropouts and focus issues which, strangely enough, probably made the experience more fun.

I’d still like to see a restored print of this even though the actual movie isn’t all that great. By the time the hero finally redeems himself, you kinda want him to get his angsty, cowardly ass beaten. Still Bolo Yeung is always fun to watch as a mostly non-talkative henchman and he gets plenty of fight time in this.

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