The Bells of Death

1968 [CHINESE]

Action / Drama

6
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 86%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 86% · 50 ratings
IMDb Rating 6.6/10 10 337 337

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811.73 MB
1280*544
Chinese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 28 min
Seeds 6
1.47 GB
1920*816
Chinese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 28 min
Seeds 8

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gmda 7 / 10

Something Nobody has Noticed.....

No one seems to realize that this is an Asian Remake of 1966's NEVADA SMITH with Steve McQueen. The guy with the big nose in this movie is the KARL MALDEN character, but he dies second instead of last. So story liberties were liberally taken to retell it to an Asian audience. But then the Magnificent Seven and Fistful of dollars are Asian Stories, retold for Western audiences!!! Turn about is fair play, I guess.

To review the film. The copy I saw looked like it was filmed yesterday. Beautifully sparse landscape at the beginning. Where lots of other Shaw Films were made. Then I noticed the Western sounding Music. Three riders come upon a home and slaughter a family, an older child returns home, and vows vengeance. He hunts them down, one at a time.

Still I enjoyed the flick as it was very differently put together. But it is none-the-less, NEVADA SMITH.

Reviewed by skullfire-48012 6 / 10

The bells of death

A great Shaw brothers version of an eastern western.

Reviewed by planktonrules 9 / 10

A very familiar story, but it's done so right!

Some tough folks arrive. And, for no reason other than the pleasure of being evil, they wipe out a family. However, they don't realize that one of them survived. This survivor soon after witnesses an amazing old man with a white beard and long hair wipe out a group of thugs--and he begs to be trained by the man. After training for years, vengeance is meted out to each of the three villainous murderers as well as their MANY henchmen. And through amazing sword skills and determination, the folks are defeated. Souds familiar? Well, this is, pretty much, the plot to "Kill Bill"--as well as quite a few of the Hong Kong martial arts films. In fact, it is "The Bells of Death"--made decades before most of these other films. But, despite the familiarity of the plot, it's a must-see for lovers of the genre because the fighting and choreography is so good--among the very best I've seen. There are also, thankfully, few 'wire foo' stunts--only at the end do you see a guy magically jump up to amazing heights--AND he fails!! I loved this touch as well as the nice pacing throughout. Clearly this is among the very best. No blows that don't even come close to landing, no silly characters and no silly story--just a well-made story of revenge...period.

In addition, the DVD print is GREAT--nearly pristine. And, fortunately, it is in Chinese with nice English subtitles--none of that crappy dubbing!! For lovers of the genre, it doesn't get much more exciting!

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