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Duel To The Death (1983) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Norman Tsui (Actor) | Damian Lau (Actor) | Flora Cheung (Actor) | Ching Siu Tung (Action Director, Director)
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Director Ching Siu Tung (A Chinese Ghost Story) got his first shot in the director's chair with Duel to the Death, an over-the-top martial arts saga that's considered a classic of the genre! China and Japan have been battling in a secret war for centuries, and every ten years, the best swordsmen from both countries meet for a duel to decide the winner of that war. Bo Ching Wan (Damian Lau) is China's current candidate, a Shaolin disciple who doubts the necessity of such conflict, but is willing to serve his nation nonetheless. His mirror is Kada Hashimoto (Norman Tsui), a Japanese swordsman eager for battle, who desires to bring glory not only to Japan but to his own unwritten legend. The two swordsmen are set to collide in a fateful duel, with the winner claiming supremacy for his home country! But first, they must contend with martial arts clan politics, hidden intrigue, possible betrayal, and ninjas. Lots and lots of ninjas.

Duel to the Death gleefully dispenses over-the-top martial arts to go along with its solid genre plot, and Ching Siu Tung choreographs exciting, deliriously creative action scenes that can thrill audiences even decades later. Energy, speed, excessive swordplay, and more than a little zaniness are the hallmarks of Duel to the Death, a flying kung-fu extravaganza that most definitely qualifies as Hong Kong Cinema!

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Product Title: Duel To The Death (1983) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 生死決 (1983) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 生死决 (1983) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Duel To The Death (1983) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Duel To The Death (1983) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Norman Tsui (Actor) | Damian Lau (Actor) | Flora Cheung (Actor) | Eddy Ko (Actor) | Yeung Chak Lam (Actor) | Chang Chung (Actor) | Casanova Wong (Actor) | Quan Yong Wen (Actor) | Man Chuen | David Lai 徐少強 (Actor) | 劉松仁 (Actor) | 張天愛 (Actor) | 高雄 (Actor) | 楊澤霖 (Actor) | 張沖 (Actor) | 卡薩伐 (Actor) | 權永文 (Actor) | 文雋 | 黎大煒 徐少强 (Actor) | 刘松仁 (Actor) | 张天爱 (Actor) | 高雄 (Actor) | 杨泽霖 (Actor) | 张冲 (Actor) | 卡萨伐 (Actor) | 权永文 (Actor) | 文隽 | 黎大炜 徐少強(チョイ・シウキョン) (Actor) | 劉松仁(ダミアン・ラウ) (Actor) | 張天愛(チョン・ティンオイ) (Actor) | 高雄(エディー・コー) (Actor) | 楊澤霖(ヨン・チャクラム) (Actor) | 張沖 (Actor) | Casanova Wong (Actor) | Quan Yong Wen (Actor) | 文雋(マンフレッド・ウォン) | David Lai Norman Tsui (Actor) | Damian Lau (Actor) | Flora Cheung (Actor) | Eddy Ko (Actor) | Yeung Chak Lam (Actor) | Chang Chung (Actor) | Casanova Wong (Actor) | Quan Yong Wen (Actor) | Man Chuen | David Lai
Director: Ching Siu Tung 程小東 程小东 程小東 (チン・シウトン) 정소동
Action Director: Ching Siu Tung 程小東 程小东 程小東 (チン・シウトン) 정소동
Producer: Kong Lung | Raymond Chow 江龍 | 鄒文懷 江龙 | 邹文怀 Kong Lung | 鄒文懷(レイモンド・チョウ) Kong Lung | Raymond Chow
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2021-03-22
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 87 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1100516126

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* 特別收錄 (13 mins):
- 預告片
- English Interview With Flora Cheung

監製 鄒文懷
策劃 薛志雄
編劇 江 龍、文 雋、黎大煒
音樂 黎小田

《奇緣》導演 / 武術指導
導演 / 武術指導 程小東

徐少強 劉松仁 張天愛

張 冲 高 雄 楊澤霖 權永文 卡薩伐

首批附送 原裝電影海報咭 (乙張),數量有限,送完即止﹗

中、日十年一次之劍術決鬥乃武林盛事,日本派出柳生族新陰派高手宮本一郎(徐少強 飾)決戰中國素有劍聖之稱的青年劍客步青雲(劉松仁 飾)。當二人如期赴夏侯山莊決戰時,驚覺夏侯少莊主勝男(張天愛 飾)乃二人早前遇見女扮男裝之少俠。勝男情傾青雲,卻被父親夏侯淵責難。淵為使夏侯世家再復昔日威名,不惜勾結日本人,加害中原武林人士。青雲本欲救回眾人後離去,但宮本一郎堅決一戰,以完成自己的抱負和師父的遺志。最終二人決戰於懸崖邊……

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Professional Review of "Duel To The Death (1983) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

August 21, 2006

This professional review refers to Duel To The Death (Joy Sales Version) (Hong Kong Version)
Duel to the Death is another Hong Kong classic which has been remastered and re-released by Joy Sales, complete with extras including newly edited trailers and interviews. The original film was one of the last of the great, Shaw Brothers-style martial arts epics and came out back in 1982, marking the debut of Ching Siu Tung, who went on to direct Chinese Ghost Story for producer Tsui Hark. It has long been regarded as a classic of its kind amongst fans and is an archetypal example of the genre, complete with battling Shaolin monks, hordes of devious ninjas, and a plot packed with righteous heroes, devious villains, and dastardly betrayals, all wrapped up with a dizzying array of over-the-top fight scenes.

The film focuses on the latest in a series of secret duels between China and Japan fought by the countries' top fighters, in this case Bo Ching Wan (Damian Lau, later in the likes of Wu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain and Kada Hashimoto (Norman Tsui, who was previously in classics such as Flying Guillotine and later went on to star in the immortal 36th Chamber of Shaolin). As the fight draws near, it becomes clear that there is some skullduggery lurking behind the scenes, and the two men very slowly realise that far more may be at stake.

The plot itself is basically generic stuff, though is pleasingly familiar and contains all the themes which fans know and love, presented in cavalier manner which neatly sidesteps the need for too much logic. There is heroic posturing a-plenty, coupled with some philosophical musings on the nature of the warrior's life and the value of honour, needless to say, all of which is complemented by a good number of slapstick comedy scenes and the usual gimmick of having a character who is quite blatantly female (played by actress Flora Cheung), despite half the cast determinedly referring to her as a young man. The Japanese villains are suitably underhanded, though it has to be said that their schemes only work due to the fact that neither of the two protagonists are the sharpest of swords. Still, all of this makes for perfect entertainment in the time-honoured form, and although the ending itself is never in much doubt, the near-hysteria of the proceedings means that there are at least a few surprises along the way.

The action scenes come thick and fast, and are impressively imaginative and frequently bloody, enough so to remain thrilling after more than two decades, putting many po-faced modern martial arts films to shame. Some of those involving the ninjas are wonderfully crazed, with plenty of bizarre magic powers on show, including one standout scene in which they attack en masse riding a fleet of kites, and another in which for no discernable reason they combine to form a giant. Ching Siu Tung's direction and choreography are excellent, giving a sense of fluidity lacking in similar films, and he wisely never allows things to slow down. Indeed, there is never a dull moment, which is probably the film's greatest strength, and it manages to include more action and energy than in a dozen lesser efforts put together.

Like the director's later works, the film is surprisingly beautiful, with lavish sets and great use of the surrounding countryside, making for atmospheric viewing, and there are a number of breathtaking moments amongst the bloodshed. Ching has a real eye for detail, giving the film a look which, if not actually historically accurate, is certainly evocative. The new DVD release makes the most of this, coming with vastly improved picture and sound quality that give the film a new lease of life, a fact which marks it as a worthy purchase not only for genre fans, but for anyone looking for a wild slice of typically Hong Kong martial arts mayhem.

by James Mudge -

November 8, 2005

This professional review refers to Duel To The Death
A pulped-out, martial arts fantasy found in the bargain bin of a sweaty, Shanghai book dealer's basement, this is serious surrealist territory. Ching Siu-tung (A Chinese Ghost Story) directed this ode to brain-baffling martial action, fascinated with the structures of power and the near-sexual dueling between fathers and daughters. In Ching's world, surreal doesn't just mean funny pictures, it means amputation, disfigurement, imprisonment, decapitation, piercing, impalement, and exploding torsos used to illustrate his instinctive Foucaultian concerns. This isn't a movie, but a deconstructivist manifesto.

China and Japan clash in a duel (to the death!) that occurs every ten years. The Chinese swordsman, Po Ching-wan (Norman Chu), is a well-balanced guy trained at Shaolin who has a bit of the arrogant jerk bubbling away under his surface. Japan's Hashimoto (Damian Lau) is a grim fellow whose joie de vive has been crushed out of him by rigorous training. The youngest swordsmen ever to duel, they both know that the fight ends with one of them dead, and the other a murderer, and they struggle to find a way out of this zero sum equation. The old guys aren't making it easy for them as elderly traitors inflamed with nationalist venom begin rubbing out the competition with a band of super ninjas.

If Eisenstein only had three days to live and wanted to put his subconscious on film, it would look a lot like a Ching Siu-tung movie. Cuisinart constructivism forces the viewer to rely on instinct in order to follow the subliminally fast editing, and the frames resemble dreams on film, thick with layers of spinning, flying figures. Ninjas appear and disappear, grow to giant size, and clog the skies with battle kites. The simple plot keeps the kaleidoscopic events from devolving into incomprehension, and the three passionate young warriors (Norman Chu, Damian Lau and Flora Cheung) opposing the tyrannical dictates of nation, family and tradition as they try to hack a non-violent world out of the chaos keeps you focused.

Subconscious moviemaking at its deepest and most sustaining, Duel to the Death is a classic of the genre. It deals with the interiorisation of suppression, the internalized gaze of power which produces self-destructive, masochistic madness, and weaves a Foucaultian critique of hierarchy. It also deals with a naked lady ninja bursting up out of the sand and planting her foot in the middle of a Shaolin monk's face.

by Grady Hendrix

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Customer Review of "Duel To The Death (1983) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (2)


March 3, 2005

This customer review refers to Duel To The Death
Good movie Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I'm a white guy, so I hardly watch chinese movies. But one of my Asian Brother brought this movie and showed it to me. So I watched it. Before I knew it I was hooked. I think this is a pretty good martial arts movie. It got great fighting, in both Japanese and Chinese style.
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November 4, 2003

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One of the best Martial Art movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is one of the Chinese martial art movies that I think has not only great action but great depth also.

It does an excellent job of showing the different life concept of the Chinese and the Japanese world.
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