Stroke of Death (1979) 720p YIFY Movie

Stroke of Death (1979)

Ching, a small-time crook, is sent to prison. There he meets a one-eyed master who has been sentenced to death. Shortly before he is executed, he gives Ching a wooden keepsake, half of which is missing, and cryptically tells him he must search for the other half, for then he will understand. Shortly thereafter Ching breaks out of prison with another inmate and goes in quest of the missing piece to discover its secret. However, he is not the only one after it. A gang leader who also wants the piece is now on Ching's tracks. Also, the inmate with which Ching originally escaped now seems to be popping up everywhere. What secret lies behind the wooden puzzle?

IMDB: 6.21 Likes

  • Genre: Action | Drama
  • Quality: 720p
  • Size: 859.14M
  • Resolution: 1280*542 / 23.976 fpsfps
  • Language: chi 2.0  
  • Run Time: 89
  • IMDB Rating: 6.2/10 
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The Synopsis for Stroke of Death (1979) 720p

Ching, a small-time crook, is sent to prison. There he meets a one-eyed master who has been sentenced to death. Shortly before he is executed, he gives Ching a wooden keepsake, half of which is missing, and cryptically tells him he must search for the other half, for then he will understand. Shortly thereafter Ching breaks out of prison with another inmate and goes in quest of the missing piece to discover its secret. However, he is not the only one after it. A gang leader who also wants the piece is now on Ching's tracks. Also, the inmate with which Ching originally escaped now seems to be popping up everywhere. What secret lies behind the wooden puzzle?


The Director and Players for Stroke of Death (1979) 720p

[Director]Mar Lo
[Director]Siu-Tung Ching
[Role:]Feng Kuan
[Role:]Chiu-Sing Hau


The Reviews for Stroke of Death (1979) 720p


80 minutes of kung fu - 10 minutes of plotReviewed byChungMoVote: 7/10

Are you ready for endless action with the thinnest of plots? No? OK that's warning enough. You want to see extremely talented martial artists and acrobats fight each other? Yes? This is the right film. Sloppily directed by second tier Shaw Bros. director Lo Mar, this film is carried by the fight choreographer and the actors.

The plot? Imprisoned brash young martial artist and fellow prisoner, who is a student of a "Gibbon Fist" master just executed, escape and search for the lost Gibbon Fist Kung Fu manual while being chased by the son of the deceased master's greatest enemy, a pole fighting master. That's it, no dramatic filler, no lengthy explanations, just fighting.

The martial arts are truly impressive. The people involved really made an effort for the most part. The story is really a series of set pieces that barely relate to each other. Two big scenes are completely pointless except for the martial art and acrobatic skills on display. This film is one of the few places to see action choreographer Siu-Tung Ching on camera showing what he knows. Not the most photogenic guy but he can move. Director Lo Mar seems to have quit the business soon after this film and it's a good thing. His sense of editing is some of the worst I've seen in HK films. If not for the talents of the actors and to a lesser degree the cameraman, this film would have been trash.

Recommended for fight fans. Need a story and some character interaction? Not here.

Enjoyable kung fu classic!Reviewed byMovie-MisfitVote: 6/10

Unlike the the back of this DVD, which looks like it was written by a 4 year old, Monkey Kung Fu is a typically late 1970's kung fu comedy that offers plenty of kung fu fighting, training and some chuckles along the way!

Hot on the heels of Jackie Chan's kug fu classics Snake In The Eagles Shadow and Fearless Hyena, this fast moving flick stars Chan Muk Chuen as the comedic star who can't stay out of trouble. He eventually bumps into a kung fu master, played by Sun Jung Chi, during a fight that results in him being took on as a student - albeit a very annoying one.

Fight choreographer and co-star Chi gets the majority of fight scenes in the film, playing a barber who refuses to pay his protection money to Chang Yi and his thugs. One of those thugs is played by a young Eddie Ko who gets to throw a few kicks more than usual. One stand out fight comes right after Sun Jing Chi defeats Ko, as he then faces off against Chang Yi in a great display of monkey versus snake. Its pretty much end battle stuff, but happily fits in half way through which shows how much kung fu this wee flick has going on.

Ironically, in saying that, Shaw Brothers star Yuen Hwa struts his way through the film in an almost comedic fashion, as if playing a farce of his usual top-fighter self and avoiding as much fighting as he can...

After his initial defeat, Chang Yi trains hard in his snake fist in a bid to beat the monkey master. This includes using a strange wooden device that can only be described as a wooden treadmill, to help him run faster. Its around the same time (just before the hour mark), that lead star Chan Muk Chuen gets to let loose a bit more in a tea house fight. I haven't seen much with him as an actor, but in this role, I find him very hard to enjoy. He gets on as if he has special needs mixed with an unhealthy dose of ADHD! As good as his kung fu is, I'm just glad more of the attention is on his master, Sun Jung Chi. Once the monkey training kicks in properly with him though, he delivers some incredible shapes and moves that he quickly puts into use and starts to tone down the childishness.

Even with the bad video-quality print of the Vengeance release, it can't be ignored that Monkey Kung Fu is absolutely packed with kung fu action. I'd say a good hour of the film is training and fighting scenes which never tires! The final fight scene is worth the price of admission alone!

Overall: Packed full of fight scenes, Monkey Kung Fu is a bizarre experience but definitely one to watch.

Fast paced and entertainingReviewed bywandering-starVote: 7/10

Ching is an cocky, under-achieving crook that ends up in prison, where he meets an old man who schools him in a prison kung fu duel. However the old man is sufficiently impressed with Ching as to give him half of a wooden amulet. The other half is possessed by a fellow inmate, and the two go off on a rollicking kung fu adventure to find an ancient scroll.

Monkey Kung Fu delivers fast paced action in a variety of backdrops - courtyards, mountain meadows, and tea houses where the furniture is predictably, and satisfyingly, reduced to firewood. And the brothel full of kung fu prostitutes was pretty fun. While most of the comedy is cheesy, there are so good one-liners ("Are you tired yet"? "No, I have a date with your sister tonight!"), and it keeps the movie light and entertaining.

The fight choreography starts off not too good in my opinion - moves kind of choppy and slow - but by the 38 minute mark, during the fight in a courtyard, it improves vastly. By the end, with a frenetic fight to the death in the mountains with a skilled bo (staff) master, it is some of the best in the genre. Very much recommended.

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