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The Bloody Fists (Chinese: 荡寇滩; pinyin: Dàng Kòu Tān), aka Deadly Buddhist Raiders or Death Beach, is a 1972 Hong Kong action movie directed by See-Yuen Ng and starring Chen Siu Sing and Kuan Tai Chen. The memorable fight scenes were choreographed by Yuen Woo-ping, better known for choreographing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Matrix.[1]

The Bloody Fists
Directed bySee-Yuen Ng
Produced byJimmy L. Pascual
Written bySee-Yuen Ng
StarringChen Siu Sing and Kuan Tai Chen
Music byFu Liang Chou
CinematographyYung-chien Chiang
Edited byCuo Teng Hong
Distributed byEmpire Cinema Centre
Release date
CountryHong Kong



A roving band of Japanese karate fighters led by a masked, long-haired warrior (Kuan Tai Chen) enter a remote village in China hoping to get their hands on the local supply of "Dragon Herb." There they come into conflict with a group of Chinese kung fu fighters seeking to defend the herb. Tensions escalate, and the Chinese are defeated in several fights with the clearly superior Japanese force. Luckily, help arrives in the form of an outlaw kung fu expert (Chen Sing), who faces off against the Japanese leader in a climactic fight on the beach.[2]


Authors of The Encyclopedia of Martial Arts Movies said The Bloody Fists was See-Yuen Ng's "first directorial effort". They said, "Though the martial arts are rather primitive, its success as a low-budget independent production encouraged other directors to follow suit."[3] Bey Logan, writing in Hong Kong Action Cinema, said The Bloody Fists was "widely distributed" and the director's "first hit".[4] Richard Meyers, writing in Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Book, said the film was an "independently produced milestone" for the director.[5]

Kuan Tai Chen was a contract actor cast in the film by Shaw Brothers Studio, but the studio recalled him, resulting in numerous appearances of his character being played by another actor wearing a black mask to conceal his identity.[3]


A film critic for Time Out called The Bloody Fists "a lively example" of an independent production "with a good portrait of collective villainy". The critic commended the "stylish visuals and the care taken to provide adequate motivation for the usual conflict of interests between the Chinese and the Japanese".[6]


  1. ^ "The Bloody Fists (1972)". Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  2. ^ "The Bloody Fists". Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b Palmer, Bill; Palmer, Karen; Meyers, Richard (1995). The Encyclopedia of Martial Arts Movies. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-8108-3027-1.
  4. ^ Logan, Bey (1996). Hong Kong Action Cinema. Overlook Press. p. 18. ISBN 978-0-87951-663-5.
  5. ^ Meyers, Richard (2011). Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Book. Eirini Press. p. 80. ISBN 978-0-9799989-4-2.
  6. ^ VG. "The Bloody Fists". Time Out. Retrieved 15 February 2017.

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