Compared are the slightly cut Original Version (Italian VHS) and the uncut Original Version (US VHS)
- 29 documented differences
- Length difference: 68.2 sec (= 1:08 min)
There are further jump cuts with a length of less than 0.5 sec each that will not be listed in the following comparison.
The Chinatown Kid (1977) by Shaw Brothers veteran Chang Cheh is basically the dry run for the "Venoms" before the same cast starred in the Eastern classic Five Deadly Venoms. That the here compared movie is a classic among fans on the one hand and yet rather unknown on the other results from the fact that the Original Version is not easy to get.
The NL VHS is only 108 minutes (PAL) long which says it all plus it is in dreadful fullscreen. The Italian VHS has almost the same length and even though it is in widescreen, the picture is slightly zoomed - as the following comparison shows.
Back in the day, the US VHS was the best release. Not only is the movie in widesreen but with a length of 114 minutes (NTSC) / ~ 110 minutes (PAL), it is also longer. Basically, the cuts listed in the following comparison are neglectable.
Time index refers to
Italian VHS / US VHS
Different title - the remaining English export credits are identically equal.
19:32 / 20:23-20:31
Tan and the girl longer on the rooftops.
22:35 / 23:41-23:42
The bloody butt slightly longer & the car insignificantly earlier.
25:27 / 26:42-26:44
The cops fire off a few more rounds & the camera pans to Tan running away.
26:53 / 28:14-28:19
Tan hesitates before answering the phone.
28:59 / 30:30
The arrival in the US briefly earlier.
30:09 / 31:44-31:48
Longer tracking shot of the skyline.
39:54 / 41:58-42:03
Huang poses a little longer, followed by closer shot of her looking at the guy who then takes over.
42:59 / 45:16-45:18
Additional shot of the car.
45:13 / 47:38-47:39
A few more frames of the two of them in their little room.
45:27 / 47:53-47:55
Further jump cut during a shot of them.
50:44-50:50 / 53:26
The US tape lacks two shots with some dialog between Tan and the daughter of the owner.
+ 6.3 sec
53:14 / 55:56-55:58
At the end of the shot, Tan punches the baddie in the stomach two more times.
58:43 / 61:41-61:53
At the end of the shot, Yang walks around the apartment. Furthermore, the fight with Tan outside starts insignificant 0.5 sec earlier.
61:08 / 64:25-64:26
The gambling table with the cards on it a little earlier.
64:04 / 67:28-67:30
Howard a bit earlier before he takes off the glasses.
65:05 / 68:34-68:39
Howard says one more sentence.
65:45 / 69:21-69:23
At the beginning of the shot, So Fai Lung stands up.
72:43 / 76:40-76:45
Tan longer on his way inside the White Dragon Club resp. he is stunned by what he sees.
76:06 / 80:16-80:18
The guy who got hit is going down & Tan slightly earlier.
77:55 / 82:11-82:13
Subsequent to Huang's dead body on the ground, there is an additional shot of Chu Ho running. Moreover, the following shot of So Fai Lung getting ready to fire off a shot starts a little earlier.
78:29 / 82:49
A few more redundant frames are missing.
79:36 / 83:59-84:02
The shot of So Fai Lung starts earlier.
83:18 / 87:53-87:54
The last scene at Yang's quarters is slightly longer.
85:36 / 89:54-89:56
Jump cut subsequent to the plates falling down.
85:40 / 90:00-90:01
And another one.
87:55 / 92:47
Tan longer on his way upstaits & he arrives earlier.
92:59 / 98:04-98:05
After the exterior shot, the shot of Tan on his way to the door begins earlier.
98:21 / 103:41-103:42
Apparently the last reel change - hence the mark on the right shortly before. As a result, the shot of Tan showing up from the background begins a little later.
103:11 / 108:45-108:50
For the very last time, a shot starts eaarlier.
On the US tape, "The End" pops up in English. The Italian tape, however, contains the Italian equilavent instead.