The Deadly Duo (1971) Chinese Movie Information
Title in Chinese – 双侠
Title in Pinyin – Shuang Xia
Genre – Martial Arts
Subject/theme – A group of rebels fight to save a captured prince during the Sung Dynasty
Language – Mandarin
Region – Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong – 22 December 1971
West Germany – 28 February 1974
Movie running time – 83 minutes
Director – Chang Cheh
Cast & Role Played
David Chiang – Little Bat
Ti Lung – Bao Ting Tien
Ku Feng – Man tien Kuei
Wong Chung – Hero Gau Shun
Ching forces have invaded China and captured one of the Sung Dynasty princes. A group of kung fu heroes fight to rescue their prince against overwhelming odds. To rescue the prince they must overcome 5 deadly enemies, a ruthless and cunning general and storm an enemy stronghold.
Editor’s Review of The Deadly Duo – Score 4/10
The Deadly Duo is a Chinese version of the cheap mass produced spaghetti westerns that were so popular in the 60’s and 70’s. There are zero special effects, the props, fake blood and death scenes are laughable and the fighting look mind bogglingly fake. Hard to see how the actors can take themselves seriously when so little effort is made to make the movie believable.
To the film’s credit, in the early 1970’s there were minimal special effects computer graphics did not exist so audiences at the time were much less critical and spoilt.