ⓘ The Duel (1971 film)

                                     

ⓘ The Duel (1971 film)

The Duel, also known as Duel of the Iron Fist, is a 1971 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Chang Cheh and starring Ti Lung, Wang Ping, Yue Wai and David Chiang.

                                     

1. Plot

Tang Ren-jie Ti Lung and his older brother Tang Ren-lin Ku Feng are triad leader Shen Tian-hungs Yeung Chi-hing adopted son and henchman respectively. Shen was involved in a battle against rival triad leader Liu Shou-yi Ho Ban where both of them were killed. Jie then takes the initiative to be the scapegoat for the crimes of his brother Lin and Gan Wen-bin Chuen Yuen, where then he flees to Jiangnan.

However, Gan repeatedly sent murderers to harm Jie while also seizing all of Shens properties and drives Lin away. With the help of Rambler Jiang Nan David Chiang, Jie finally kills Gan, but the two of them also dies from their injuries.

                                     

2. Cast

  • Chin Chun as Lao Liu
  • Lee Siu-wai as Casino thug
  • Tang Tak-cheung as Thug on street
  • Lee Chiu as Gans man
  • Lau Chung-fai as Casino thug
  • Chui Fat as Thug on street
  • Lau Gong as Lin Ding-wu
  • Ko Hung as Casino thug
  • Chan Sing-tong
  • Ho Pak-kwong as Casino Clerk
  • Ho Ban as Liu Shou-yi
  • Tsang Cho-lam as Brothel Staff
  • Chen Kuan-tai as Liu Shou-yis guard
  • Yuen Woo-ping as Gans man who turns on lights
  • Tang Cheung as Gans man on train
  • Law Keung as Thug on street
  • Tam Wing-kit as Gans man
  • Chan Siu-kai as Gans man
  • Wang Kuang-yu as Liou Song
  • Fung Hak-on as Gans man
  • Wan Ling-kwong as Gans man
  • Kuo Pei as Factory working Girl
  • Tung Coi-bo as Liu Shou-yis guard
  • Yeung Chen-sing as Gans man on train
  • Chuen Yuen as Gan Wen-bin
  • Jason Pai as Liu Shou-yis man
  • Wong Ching as Gans man torturing Jie
  • Tam Ying as Pedestrian
  • Ha Wai as Ling Tze, Factory working Girl
  • Wong Ching-ho as Jau Hai-shan
  • Wong Pau-kei as Gans man torturing Jie
  • Lee Wah-chung as Senator Feng
  • Hung Lau as Shiu Li
  • Yuen Cheung-yan as Old Jins man
  • Yeung Chak-lam
  • Yip Po-kam as Factory working Girl
  • Chan Bo as Liu Shou-yis guard
  • Pao Chia-wen as Gans man
  • David Chiang as Jian Nan, the Rambler
  • Yeung Wai as Liu Shou-yis guard
  • Chiu Hung as Old Jin
  • Ho Bo-sing as Liu Shou-yis guard
  • Kuo Yi as Factory working Girl
  • Cheng Kang-yeh as Siao Mao
  • Wong Chung as Gans man
  • Cliff Lok as Gans man
  • Danny Chow as Thug on street
  • Lan Wei-lieh as Casino Boss
  • Yeung Pak-chan as Gans man
  • Yau Ming as Siao Bao
  • Hsu Hsia as Gans man
  • Bruce Tong as Ah San
  • Cheung Chi-ping as Gans man
  • Lo Wai as Gans man
  • Fung Hap-so as Gans man
  • Ku Feng as Tang Ren-lin
  • Cheung Sek-au as Brothel Staff
  • Yen Shi-kwan as Killed 4 times
  • Lai Yan as Gans man
  • Liu Wai as Tattoos Chen Cheh
  • Wang Ping as Hu Di
  • Chan Sing as Gans man
  • Wu Chi-chin as Gans man
  • Ting Hon as Liu Shou-yis man
  • Ko Chiu as Factory foreman
  • Lau Kar-wing
  • Yue Wai as Ah Shiou
  • Ti Lung as Tang Ren-jie
  • Ng Yuen-fan as Gans man
  • Yeung Chi-hing as Shen Tian-hung
  • Lei Lung as Gans man
  • Cheng Lui as Gans man
  • Yuen Shun-yi as Liu Shou-yis guard
  • Wong Mei as Liu Shou-yis guard
  • Chik Ngai-hung as Gans man
  • Huang Ha
  • Poon Oi-lun as Factory working Girl
                                     

3. Reception

Critical

The film received generally positive reviews. Glenn Heath Jr. of Slant Magazine rated the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and writes The Duel turns in violent circles for most of its running time, but the final battle sequence gratuitously displays the films keen attempt at political commentary." City on Fire rated the film an 8.5 out of 10 and writes The Duel is a well-paced, action packed tale that wont disappoint. Its the perfect example of Chang Cheh’s slickness. Its also one of Ti Lung’s and David Chiang’s coolest roles together." Ian Jane of DVD Talk rated the film 4 out of 5 stars and praised its action scenes, interesting plot twists and the performances by Ti and Chiang.

Box office

The film grossed HK$1.375.619.20 at the Hong Kong box office during its theatrical run from 21 April to 6 May 1971 in Hong Kong.