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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: AV499
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • UPC: 760137123743
  • Street Date: 05/09/23
  • PreBook Date: 04/04/23
  • Label: Arrow Video »
  • Genre: Martial Arts
  • Run Time: 95 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1976
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot:
  • Territory: US
  • Language: Cantonese


Cast & Crew

  • Actors:
  •       Jackie Chan
  •       James Tien
  •       Sammo Hung
  •       Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok
  •       Sheng Chiang
  •       Feng Lu
  •       Tao-Liang Tan
  •       Ching Chu
  •       Pao-Shan Chang
  •       Ki-joo Kim
  •       K-Ming Lin
  •       Carter Wong
  •       Chin-Tang Tang
  •       Wei Yang
  •       Wah Yuen
  •       Chi-Ming Lam
  •       Yung-Chi Liang
  •       Biao Yuen
  • Director: John Woo


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Hand Of Death

Hand of Death (aka "Countdown in Kung Fu") is a 1976 Hong Kong martial arts film written and directed by John Woo. (Face/Off, Hard Target).

Hand Of Death
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When Golden Harvest first released Hand of Death in 1976, no-one paid much attention to the names of writer/director Wu Yu-sheng, third-billed actor Chen Yuen-lung or fight choreographer Hung Chin-pao in the opening credits. Within a decade, however, each of those men had changed the course of Hong Kong action filmmaking forever, under the names they are best known under to this day: John Woo, Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung. After a traitor of the Shaolin temple, Shih Shao-Feng (James Tien, The Big Boss), has eliminated thousands of his former colleagues in exchange for power from the Manchus under the Qing dynasty, a surviving master of Shaolin, Yun Fei (Tan Tao-Liang), is tasked with the mission of bringing Shih to justice. In order to defeat Shih's overwhelmingly large army - led by the ruthless Tu Qing (Sammo Hung) - Yun Fei will need to team up with a skilled blacksmith (Jackie Chan) and a reluctant swordsman to beat the odds and avenge his fallen brothers. With early signs of John Woo's affinity for brotherly bonding amidst heroic bloodshed, and featuring one of Jackie Chan's earliest speaking roles after proving his mettle as a stuntman, Hand of Death is an old school hard-hitting kung fu gem (with a dash of wuxia) that any fan of classic Hong Kong cinema needs in their collection!


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Bonus Materials

  • 2K restoration from original film elements by Fortune Star
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray transfer
  • Original lossless Mandarin and English mono, plus Cantonese stereo and 5.1 remixes in Mandarin and English
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Brand new feature commentary by martial arts cinema experts Frank Djeng & Michael Worth
  • From Hong Kong to Hollywood, an archive featurette on John Woo’s early career, including interviews with Woo, Chow Yun-fat and Peter Lau
  • Never-before-seen archive interview with star Tan Tao-Liang, filmed by his former student Michael Worth
  • Archive interview with co-star Sammo Hung
  • Alternate credits sequence, as Countdown to Kung Fu
  • Trailer gallery
  • Image gallery
  • Double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Colin Murdoch
  • Illustrated collectors' booklet featuring new writing by film programmer William Blaik

Sales Points

  • Featured in Jackie Chan' My Story, and seminal martial arts documentary The Deadliest Art
  • Only collaboration between the Three Brothers (Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao Yuen) and the Venom Mob (Sheng Chiang, Feng Lu, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok)
  • Only Jackie Chan movie directed by John Woo (Face Off, Hard Boiled, Mission Impossible II)
  • First movie to team Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Yuen Biao (aka The Three Brothers)

Press Quotes

'Hand Of Death' is a good example of how quality quickly shines through and stands out in a crowded genre. The many fights give each of the talented cast members a chance to shine

     —Andrw Saroch, Far East Films

'Hand of Death' is a great sample of the traditional HK martial arts film, but manages to stand out through the directorial abilities of John Woo, while providing a great testament to the new elements he would later bring in action cinema, internationally

     —Panos Kotzathanasis, Asian Movie Pulse

Woo's The Hand of Death is a solid martial arts film made all the more enjoyable thanks to the inclusion of martial arts mainstays Tien, Hung, and Chan. The film is never boring, as Woo provides the audience with an action scene nearly every few minutes.

     —Zach Nix, City on Fire

Hand of Death is an exciting film packed with lots of action. This is a John Woo film minus the bullets flying all over the place.

     —JOE COREY, Inside Pulse

it's fun to see Chan and Hung in such early stages of their careers.

     —JEFFREY KAUFFMAN, Blu-ray.com


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