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Stranger from Canton (1973)

Guai ke (original title)
R | | Action, Drama | August 1974 (USA)
Japan has already occupied Korea and now China. Chin, a young woman understands that the Motherland demands all her children to be brave, and sacrifice their lives for the liberation. ... See full summary »


Ban-Yee Yeo


Kuang Ni


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Credited cast:
Jason Piao Pai ... Fong Chin
Chun-Ku Lu ... (as Chung Lu)
Nancy Sit Nancy Sit ... (as Nancy Sit Chia-Yen)
Thompson Kao Kang
Sau Sek ... (Guest star) (as Hsiu Shih)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lau Chan
Hao-Ran Chen Hao-Ran Chen
Yuan Chen Yuan Chen
Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung
Yi Feng
Ta-Chuan Hsu Ta-Chuan Hsu ... (as Da Chuan Hsu)
Hok Nin Lau
Pasan Leung ... (as Shan Pa)
Tung Liang Tung Liang
Ming Lin Ming Lin


Japan has already occupied Korea and now China. Chin, a young woman understands that the Motherland demands all her children to be brave, and sacrifice their lives for the liberation. Disguised as a prostitute, she will board a train to help a Chinese guerrilla group defeat a Japanese army convoy. Written by Artemis-9

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Hong Kong



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August 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Karate Killer See more »

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2.35 : 1
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The film was initially rejected for UK cinema in early 1976 (as "Stranger from Canton") and then passed with heavy cuts a few months later. See more »


Referenced in And Now My Love (1974) See more »

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me fight you long time
12 August 2015 | by ckormos1See all my reviews

1973 Stranger from Canton or The Karate Killers or Stone Cold Wu Tang or Hand of Death made in Hong Kong with Jason Pai Piao, Thompson Kao Kang, Tony Liu Jun-Guk, Fing Ngai, and Nancy Sit Ka-Yin. This movie is blessed with many titles taking it from the world of VHS rentals (Karate Killer? That sounds like a good one! Let's get some beer too) all the way to DVD sales. It starts off with no doubt as to the bad guy – baby murderer – but gets political and doesn't focus on one real hero. Sun Yat-Sen is historically involved and the show does drag a bit in the first third. Jason Pai Paio arrives wearing a white suit and keeps his necktie on for the first half of the movie. Classy! That is until that awkward moment when his urination is interrupted by a lady. Everyone knows that Jimmy Wang Yu's "Beach of the War Gods" features the longest martial arts fight at 25 minutes and 43 seconds. This movie almost clobbered that record except for two brief cuts in the action to untie a girl and to move to another location. From about the 49 minute mark of a 90 minute movie there is almost non-stop fighting until the end, except for the noted lapses that lasted only about a minute each. Of course the bane of all that action is that it starts to look alike. That's true here and simply adding some weapons would have improved it. Thompson Kao Kang, the big villain, does have an unusual weapon – his queue or long hair braid. This gimmick was okay but other than being an element of surprise it is as unrealistic as the similar and often used whip. I'll let that slide and rate it above average overall.

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