What Price Survival (1994)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Martial Arts  |   Release Date - Jul 14, 1994 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Director Daniel Lee Yan-kong spins this sword-fighting tale set in the early part of the 20th century. The film opens with master swordsman and leader of the Tsuo Chien Tang clan Pai Fu-kuo (David Chiang Da-wei) forfeiting his infant son to the nefarious Wang Ching-kuo (Norman Tsui Siu-keung) after being defeated in a rigged duel. Quietly plotting to take over the Tsuo Chien Tang clan, Ching-kuo teaches the lad -- Wang Ning -- to hate his biological father while instructing him on the finer points of swordsmanship. When the boy reaches manhood, Ning (Wu Hsin-kuo) challenges Pai Fu-kuo to a duel. Partially due to the underhanded dealings of Ching-kuo's henchman, Wu An-kuo (Damian Lau Chung-yan), Ning kills his own biological father. Later, when Ning learns the truth, he challenges Ching-kuo and his former friend, Jie (Jack Gao Jie), to a fight.