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Subject: HITMAN IN THE HAND OF BUDDHA !

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........ HWANG JANG LEE'S presence in any movie is enough to make you itch with curiosity . His kicking skills are magnificent and he is arguably the best kicker of all time. This film marks HWANG JANG LEE' S first attempt at directing and if that wasn't enough he also produced and starred in this piece.
An over-simplified story , if there ever was one---HWANG is in search of money stolen from him and simultaneously seeking revenge on the lackey --TINO WONG (invincible armour) -- who abused a family member . TINO WONG'S leader is EDDIE KO HUNG (thundering mantis) and as the villian he serves up some delightful shapes that is seldom seen anywhere on the silver screen . The story meanders in the middle of the film and as a result the film lost a bit of it's egde for the second half an hour . However, the movie regained momentum when HWANG JANG LEE'S wandering of the martial world culminated with a showdown with baddie EDDIE KO HUNG . Both fighters started the fray with staffs , and with the propable exceptions of HELL'S WIND STAFF and INVINCIBLE POLE FIGHTER , I have never seen stick fighting as wonderfully choreographed as they were here . The choreography itself was done by COREY YUEN ( 7 grandmasters) and MENG HAI ( buddha assassinator) .This was a virtual bonanza of shapes and styles with and without staff .
Needless to say ,HWANG JANG LEE performs some of his trademark kicks with sheer awe. In one scene with TINO WONG he also demonstrated his abilities with his hands , it was truly entertaining .
Mind you, when I saw this flick in jamaica way back in the 80's , it was called " budda's disciple", However , the name of a film is only as valid as the substance it reveals ,and for pure martial arts substance ........this flick is a top drawer item .
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....Fight scenes are simply a tribute to the genre .
.......choreography is typical of COREY YUEN : elegant ,flamboyant and stylish .
......Story is so and so ...... however, that takes a back seat to one of the greatest exponent of the martial arts showcasing his wares with speed and deadly precision.

This is a movie worth having by any and all means .
.......A treat.. !!!!

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Posted: October 30, 2006, 9:24 pm
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I think this is a solid effort and interesting since Hwang directed it. He just lets loose in this one...his kicks are vicious and full of raw power.


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Posted: October 30, 2006, 10:54 pm
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A very enjoyable film this one - I agree that the story lagged a little bit from time to time but Hwang Jang kept it on track with some awesome kicking. I hate comic relief characters but Fan Mei Sheng was great in this as a drunken, washed out master. Pretty essential viewing I'd say.


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Posted: October 31, 2006, 8:26 am
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One of my most cherished films with Hwang Jan. I was wondering Pete Jr any chance of a letterbox release of this one from FLK




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Posted: October 31, 2006, 8:36 am
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Great question mr. chiu......
I myself has never seen any kind of widescreen version of this flick...That would be something to look forwrad to I guess.


Another thing , This movie was shot in 1981 or thereabouts...A time when wire-works were becoming quite fsahionable .Yet, I really didn't see any pronounced use of wires .
Maybe for budgetary reasons , the wire works were kept at a minimum , thereby accentuating the skills of the fighters on a much more realistic level.

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HWANG JANG LEE'S kicks were very powerful for sure in this flick.

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Posted: October 31, 2006, 11:02 am
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The shot of Hwang with one lackey under his foot and another getting rolled off his knee, whilst he death stares his next victim, combined with the soundtrack is just ridiculously awesome.

Not wide, but Eastern Heroes DVD release includes the Korean cut as well as the theatrical... the Korean with a sightly inferior picture quality, but featuring a bunch of fighting and stuff not in the usual cut, roughly edited by Hwang himself they say...

Nice review emaxx, I was just recently thinking this film was strangely absent from this section...



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Posted: October 31, 2006, 12:16 pm
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Thanks mr. peri...
I am trying to give light ( review) to all the HWANG JANG LEE flicks I think warrants it......That in my estimation is about 80 % of his body of work.
HWANG scared the be jesus out of TINO WONG before he essentially kicked him to kingdom come.
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Posted: October 31, 2006, 1:43 pm
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Great film this one.Hwang is very impressive here & it`s cool to see him as the hero for a change.

On the subject of different prints,didn`t Pete mention a while back that he hoped to put together a fully uncut version using the Eastern Heroes print,the Korean version plus a vcd that had extra footage ?
any news on this Pete ?


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Posted: October 31, 2006, 9:27 pm
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something for the hardcore collectors of Hwang Jang Lee - one of the most memorable part was the chopstick fight

this is one of the movies where HJL acts as a good guy...enjoyable movie plus of course superb kicking...even the korea version was splendidly done!

Posted: September 18, 2012, 5:18 pm Edited on 2012-09-18 17:18:58 by noirmubin. Edited 1 times.
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This is a full fledged Korean production that was edited into a Hong Kong version by Hwang Jang Lee and his short lived production company. There are two versions, the HK and Korean versions(recently found in Seoul Korea, which was edited personally by Hwang), which have major differences, including the fighting sound effects, a reshot and edited Shaolin temple scenes, and a finale fight with Eddie Ko that last 15 minutes longer than the HK version. The Korean version is the best, and in both versions, the music score sare excellent. The Korean version is available on the Eastern Heroes special edition DVD. Both versions are well written and the fight scenes are beautifully shot by Hwang, Mang Hoi, and Corey Yuen.


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Posted: September 18, 2012, 7:57 pm
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Subject: Hitman in the Hand of Buddha

samtheseed wrote:
This is a full fledged Korean production that was edited into a Hong Kong version by Hwang Jang Lee and his short lived production company. There are two versions, the HK and Korean versions(recently found in Seoul Korea, which was edited personally by Hwang), which have major differences, including the fighting sound effects, a reshot and edited Shaolin temple scenes, and a finale fight with Eddie Ko that last 15 minutes longer than the HK version. The Korean version is the best, and in both versions, the music score sare excellent. The Korean version is available on the Eastern Heroes special edition DVD. Both versions are well written and the fight scenes are beautifully shot by Hwang, Mang Hoi, and Corey Yuen.


read somewhere that both the korean and english version are still missing footage.

The Korean language edit contains exclusive training scenes and extended fight scenes.

Believe that FLK has both the versions combined in one disc?

Posted: September 19, 2012, 2:07 am Edited on 2012-09-19 02:08:34 by noirmubin. Edited 1 times.
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noirmubin wrote:
[Quote=samtheseed]This is a full fledged Korean production that was edited into a Hong Kong version by Hwang Jang Lee and his short lived production company. There are two versions, the HK and Korean versions(recently found in Seoul Korea, which was edited personally by Hwang), which have major differences, including the fighting sound effects, a reshot and edited Shaolin temple scenes, and a finale fight with Eddie Ko that last 15 minutes longer than the HK version. The Korean version is the best, and in both versions, the music score sare excellent. The Korean version is available on the Eastern Heroes special edition DVD. Both versions are well written and the fight scenes are beautifully shot by Hwang, Mang Hoi, and Corey Yuen.

read somewhere that both the korean and english version are still missing footage.

The Korean language edit contains exclusive training scenes and extended fight scenes.

Believe that FLK has both the versions combined in one disc?


Welcome back to FLK Noirmubin......Yes the Korean version has training scenes that are CUT from the English dubbed for sure....

Checkout this Vid and see the spliced scenes I had to replace from the Korean print to the dubbed and subbed version.
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I redone an FLK uncut version recently fully uncut.....with Korean, Chinese, and English audio.....plus multiply subs such as German, French, Dutch.....Its now the EXCLUSIVE version much better than the AMRS version we done 5 years back.


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Posted: September 19, 2012, 7:17 am
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Thanks for the clip, Pete...this is one disc which i would like to lay my hands on.

I do have the chinese version and the korean version...but the FLK version is totally something else!

i gotta be patience...waiting for my year end bonus

Posted: September 19, 2012, 3:13 pm Edited on 2012-09-19 15:37:38 by noirmubin. Edited 1 times.
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