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(aka 'Shen da" or "The Skilful Fighter" or "Naked Fists of Terror" or "The Spiritual Boxer")


Directed by Chia-Liang Liu

Hong Kong 1975


Wham, bam, thank you Lau Kar-leung!! The legendary director of such kung-fu mega hits as 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN (1978), TIGER ON THE BEAT (1988) and DRUNKEN MASTER 2 (1994) got his career rolling with the martial arts masterpiece THE SPIRITUAL BOXER (1975) a standout chopsocky classic from the glory days of Hong Kong genre cinema. Adding comedy to the familiar fisticuffs formula, this beloved blockbuster tells the story of a travelling conman who claims to have supernatural powers. Robbing village after village, our antagonist quickly bees expected to use these fictional strengths against some sudden enemies... Resulting in several hilarious moments combined with breakneck examples of all out action and adventure! Fans of head-cracking carnage cannot possibly go wrong with THE SPIRITUAL BOXER... finally unleashed in HD by the Asian celluloid scholars at 88 Films!


Theatrical Release: November 28th, 1975

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Review: 88 Films - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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88 Films
'B' Blu-ray




Disc Size: 24,203,346,396 bytes

Feature Size: 24,062,349,312 bytes

Average Bitrate: 24.98 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video



88 Films Blu-ray



DTS-HD Master Audio English 1990 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1990 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio Chinese 1956 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1956 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films


Disc Size: 24,203,346,396 bytes

Feature Size: 24,062,349,312 bytes

Average Bitrate: 24.98 Mbps

Single-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video


Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by Hong Kong Cinema Expert David West
• Reverse Sleeve featuring Original Hong Kong Poster Art

Calum Waddell liner notes

Blu-ray  Release Date: June 11th, 2018
Transparent Blu-ray case inside slipcase

Chapters: 8


More of the 88 Asia Collection on Blu-ray


Black Magic

Black Magic 2

The Bride From Hell

The Enchanting Ghost

The Ghost Lovers


The Oily Maniac

The Seeding of a Ghost

The Dragon Missile

Five Element Ninjas

The Flying Guillotine


House of Traps

Killer Constable

The Mighty Peking Man

The One-Armed Swordsman

Sea Fog

The Spiritual Boxer

The Super Inframan



NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

The delightful Shaw Brothers martial arts gem The Spiritual Boxer gets an HD transfer to Blu-ray from 88 Films. It's single-layered disc with a supportive bitrate for the 103 minute feature. The image quality is crisper than we have seen in the past from this era of Hong Kong films. Detail is pleasing in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio and the visuals export depth with the majority of the film shot outdoors. There is some frailty with the image looking occasionally thin but overall have a very pleasant presentation in 1080P.

Both English DUB and Chinese (Mandarin?) tracks on the
Blu-ray of The Spiritual Boxer offered via lossless DTS-HD Master transfers that carry the weaknesses inherent in the production but there are a few smile-inducing fighting effects. The score is by Yung-Yu Chen (The Ghost Lovers, Black Magic 2, The Mighty Peking Man, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, The Five Deadly Venoms) . It is a fitting score augmenting the action of the film and its lighter moments. There are optional English subtitles, and the Blu-ray is region 'B'-locked.

Extras include an informative commentary track by Hong Kong Cinema expert David West that supplies some detail on the production, cast and crew and Shaw Bros in general. There is a reverse sleeve featuring original Hong Kong cinema poster artwork. and some liner notes by Dr. Calum Waddell.

The Spiritual Boxer is one of the better of the genre - fun action and a decent story. Shaw brothers fans should nab this
Blu-ray, - it gives a rewarding presentation and includes the commentary and notes. I'm loving these sweet, simple films! Recommended!

 - Gary Tooze


























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