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鷹拳 (1980)
Rage of the Dragon

Reviewed by: Gaijin84
Date: 11/01/2017
Summary: Very good shapes from Dragon Lee and company...

Carter Wong crosses over to a South Korean production and stars with Dragon Lee and Martin Chui. Lee plays Lei Lung, the son of an antique dealer who is killed by a bandit during a deal with the father of Wong Kwok (Martin Chui). Kwok blames Lung and spends most of the movie trying to exact revenge. Meanwhile, another individual (Carter Wong) interested in antiques shows up and is searching for the piece that was lost during the murder. It turns out that Kwan (Carter Wong) is behind the murder and Lung must bring him and his crony to justice.

Rage of the Dragon actually has a pretty interesting plot and holds together as a murder mystery until the last ⅓ of the movie. All the main players are excellent in their fight scenes, using a mixture of excellent-looking styles like a modified Mantis for Dragon Lee, Crane for Chui and Dragon for Carter Wong. The choreography is very well done and strange sound effects are mixed in for the important moves and strikes. Definitely above-average and worth watching for fans of any of the three leads.

Note: The Godfrey Ho version cuts a few scenes between the female lead and Dragon Lee, but also inexplicably cuts a nice fight between Lee and some of Wong's henchmen before the final showdown.

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: Frank Lakatos
Date: 02/10/2006
Summary: One of Dragon Lee's best movies..

A Korean movie dubbed, edited, and ripped off by Godfrey Ho and Tomas Tang's Asso Asia productions. This is one of Dragon Lee's best movies, coming second to Secret Ninja, Roaring Tiger(1982). Unlike any Korean movies I've ever seen Dragon in, there are complex animal forms, which Dragon Lee and Choi Min Kyu do with brilliant timing and skill. "Jaguar Lee" Lim Ja Ho has a cameo as well, and the powerful Carter Wong, who was doing a few Korean movie at the time, including Godfrey Ho's the Magnificent(1979) during the same year, Wong steals the show with some interersting gimmicks. Dragon lee even uses finger chucks again, which he used the same year in Dragon on Fire(1979), where he costarred in an attempt, by Godfrey Ho, to promote Dragon Lee's Korean movies. Carter Wong may have starred in this Korean movie probably because Godfrey Ho saw it as an opportunity to again showcase Dragon Lee and his Korean movies, which would be later ripped off by Ho. The final fight between Dragon Lee and Carter Wong is lengthy and well choreographed, with Dragon Lee's entertaining martial arts skills thrown into the mixture. Recommended. 3/5