Blood Brothers (1973 film)

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Blood Brothers
Blood Brothers FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Chang Cheh
Produced by Runme Shaw
Written by Chang Cheh
Ni Kuang
Starring David Chiang
Ti Lung
Chen Kuan Tai
Ching Li
Tin Ching
Cheng Miu
Wong Ching Ho
Yeung Chak Lam
Wong Kwong Yue
Fan Mei Sheng
Music by Yung-Yu Chen
Cinematography Mu-To Kung
Distributed by Shaw Brothers Studio
Release date(s) February 24, 1973
Running time 118 minutes
Country Hong Kong Hong Kong
Language Mandarin

Blood Brothers (Traditional: 刺馬; Simplified: 刺马; Pinyin: Cì Mǎ) is a 1973 Shaw Brothers kung fu film directed by Chang Cheh, with action choreography by Lau Kar Leung, and starring David Chiang and Ti Lung. It was released as Chinese Vengeance in the UK and Australia, and Dynasty of Blood in North America.

The films follows a trio of bandits who join the army to suppress a rebel movement in Qing Dynasty China. The 2007 film The Warlords (originally titled The Blood Brothers) is a re-telling of the story but director Peter Chan denies that it is a remake of Chang's Blood Brothers.[1]


Blood Brothers follows two aimless bandits Chang Wen Hsiang (David Chiang) and Huang Chang (Chen Kuan-tai) who attempt to rob Ma Xinyi (Ti Lung). Unable to defeat him, they join forces and are soon thrashing hoodlums and even taking over a nearby group of bandits. But soon it becomes apparent Ma's ambitions far out reach those of his friends, he seeks a position in local government.

Having left them behind they meet again. Now a general, Ma still in not about to let anything stand in the way of his goals - which now include defeating the 'long hair' bandits and Huang's wife Mi Lan (Ching Li). The attraction is mutual, with her seeing potential of this ambitious man. Whilst Chang and Huang are off fighting the bandits Ma and Mi have an affair and he arranges for Huang to be assassinated rather than let his position fall into disgrace.

As Chang recounts his tale to the local Marshall, held for the murder of his blood brother, the inevitability of his fate is always clear. After Ma's men take their revenge, Mi Lan is left to recall over the good times and all the trouble she's caused.


Ti Lung received the Golden Horse Award for his performance in the film.

David Chiang received the Golden Horse Award for Best Actor for his role as Chang Wen Xiang.


The film was released on DVD by Dragon Dynasty.


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