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Ten Fingers of Death (1974)

(aka: Master with Cracked Fingers)



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This early Jackie Chan vehicle was made before Chan refined the personal style that made him an international star. The movie is an awful low budget formula flick that makes very little sense at all. Basically, a mysterious goof of a martial arts teacher, who evidently lives in a forest, teaches Chan how to fight. His father is vehemently opposed to fighting, apparently even in self-defense, and, when he learns of Chan fighting, punishes him in odd ways. The movie alternates between fighting with street bullies and odd punishment, stopping only for a totally inexplicable scene with a rubber member of the Chinese syndicate. The grand finale is a routine showdown with an enemy who appears nowhere else in the movie except right in the very beginning.