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Fatal Needles vs. Fatal Fists
Fatal Needles vs Fatal Fists
Actors: Ping Chang, Yi Chang, Chin Hai Chen, Fu Hung Cheng, Tien-chi Cheng
Director: Tso Nam Lee
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2002     1hr 33min

When a skilled fighter accidentally kills his own brother during an attempt to catch a ruthless bandit he retreats from the martial arts world. But when the bandit challenges him to another fight he must battle the opponen...  more »


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Actors: Ping Chang, Yi Chang, Chin Hai Chen, Fu Hung Cheng, Tien-chi Cheng
Director: Tso Nam Lee
Creator: Hsin Yi Chang
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Martial Arts, Hong Kong Action, Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Tai Seng
Format: DVD - Color - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/22/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/1983
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1983
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Cantonese
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Karen S. (BoysMom) from BURLESON, TX
Reviewed on 11/28/2009...
Good story and it is well worth your time giving the audio commentary by Ric Meyers, Hong Kong film expert, and Bobby Samuels, martial artist, a listen. The commentary discusses the careers of the actors in the movie, symbolic meanings, interesting trivia.

Movie Reviews

Not a bad movie at all!
Minister Dixon | 08/26/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Pretty okay movie - I must say! The plot was there and pretty easy to follow. The fighting scenes - not bad at all. There's always a white haired villan in most Kung Fu movies you have to get rid off. Well, this is one of these movies. The last fighting scene could have been much longer though. Come on, you know the last fighting scene is the climax of it all and it has to summarize everything. Overall, I've seen a lot worst. See my other reviews. Perhaps you'll know which ones not to waste your time on."
Above-average kung fu film with good performance by Wong Tao
Brian Camp | Bronx, NY | 01/01/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"FATAL NEEDLES VS. FATAL FISTS (1980) is a worthy effort that marks the fourth collaboration between star Wong Tao and Taiwan-based director Lee Tso Nam, who'd previously teamed for THE HOT, THE COOL AND THE VICIOUS, EAGLE'S CLAW and CHALLENGE OF DEATH. It has fewer fight scenes than usual, but compensates with a stronger storyline and a much more intense performance from Wong Tao. The plotline may seem familiar to western fans since it takes the standard formula of the gunfighter hanging up his guns until he's inevitably provoked back into action and transposes it to the kung fu genre. Here Wong plays a constable who'd caused the death of his partner in a battle with the notorious Four Devils and, after wandering the countryside drunkenly, takes up a new identity and a new job in a faraway town. He is so committed to nonviolence that he allows himself to be beaten and stabbed and derided as a coward when he refuses to stand up to a group of bandits taking over the town to ensure the security of their opium route. Only one new friend sticks by him through thick and thin and when that friend is brutally beaten, only then does our hero intervene. The chief villain is played by Chang Yi, also the villain in EAGLE'S CLAW and CHALLENGE OF DEATH, among many other kung fu films of the era. Chang uses the needles of the title in a clever acupuncture-style kung fu maneuver that hero Wong finds tough to beat. Chang's chief henchman is another great kung fu opponent, Tommy Lee (aka Kam Ming), who also directed the fights for this film. Overall, this may not be as consistently imaginative and exciting as the star-director team's earlier collaborations, but it still offers enough good scenes to please even the most jaded kung fu buffs."