Kill a Dragon

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Kill a Dragon
Original film poster
Directed byMichael D. Moore
Written byWilliam Marks
George Schenck
Produced byHal Klein
StarringJack Palance
Fernando Lamas
Aldo Ray
CinematographyEmmanuel I. Rojas
Music byPhilip Springer
Buddy Kaye (lyrics)
Pat Briley (title song)[1]
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • December 6, 1967 (1967-12-06)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States

Kill a Dragon (filmed under the working title of To Kill a Dragon[2]) is a 1967 adventure film pitting Jack Palance against Fernando Lamas: Palance is an adventurer and Lamas is a ruthless dictator/warlord. Filmed on location in Hong Kong and Macau, it was produced by Aubrey Schenck and released through United Artists. In the United States the film was double billed with Navajo Joe.[3] Co-star Aldo Ray later appeared in Lamas's The Violent Ones (1967).


On an island of Hong Kong’s New Territories, a ship's cargo of nitroglycerin washes ashore due to a typhoon. The islanders claim the cargo under the law of salvage, but the powerful Nico Patrai threatens to destroy the island and its inhabitants if the nitroglycerine is not given to him in three days.

The village head Win Lim and two other islanders escape Patrai's men to go to Macau where they seek the help of soldier of fortune Rick Masters who lives on a junk. Masters defeats some of Patrai's henchmen who have pursued the villagers. Win Lim offers him one third of the profits of the cargo if he can transport it to Hong Kong.

Masters recruits some of his friends to take on Patrai.


Jack Palance ... Rick Masters
Fernando Lamas ... Nico Patrai
Aldo Ray ... Vigo
Aliza Gur ... Tisa
Kam Tong ... Win Lim
Don Knight ... Ian
Hans William Lee ... Jimmie
Judy Dan[4] ... Chunhyang
Young Yip Wang ... Chang


The film's title is mirrored by way of a quote appearing in the film itself. Every dragon gives birth to a St George that must slay the dragon- Win Lim

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  1. ^[dead link]
  2. ^ p. 309 American Cinematographer , Volume 48 1967
  3. ^ New York Times film review Dec 7, 1967
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