Yellow Faced Tiger

Yellow Faced Tiger (Chinese: 黄面老虎; aka Slaughter in San Francisco, and two undefined titles which includes Chuck Norris Vs. The Karate Cop or Karate Cop in the United States) is a 1974 Hong Kong martial arts action film directed by Lo Wei, and starring Wong Tao, Sylvia Chang and Chuck Norris.[1][2]

Yellow Faced Tiger
Theatrical release poster
MandarinHuang mian lao hu
Directed byLo Wei
Produced byLo Wei
Raymond Chow
Leonard Ho
Written byLo Wei
Chang Yung-hsiang
StarringWong Tao
Sylvia Chang
Chuck Norris
Dan Ivan
Music byJoseph Koo
CinematographyDavid Bailes
Edited byFred Cuming
Lo Wei Motion Picture Company
Distributed byGolden Harvest
Release date
  • 16 August 1974 (1974-08-16)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryHong Kong


In this kung-fu vehicle Chuck Norris plays the biggest drug king in San Francisco who owns everyone, the police department included. He finds his match when a young police officer stands up to the drug lord's power and must fight him and the entire system. A former cop in the San Francisco Bay Area goes after the goons who murdered his ex-partner.


San Francisco police officers John (Robert Jones) and Wong (Wong Tao) arrest two men raping a girl named Sylvia (Sylvia Chang), utilizing their knowledge of martial arts to take down the assailants, but at the station Sylvia refuses to press charges claiming that she knew the men and that the altercation was all in fun, in clear contradiction of what had truly taken place. In retribution for their arrest, the rapists kidnap John in broad daylight and take him to the beach, where he is beaten by numerous assailants. Wong manages to come to his partner's rescue, killing one of them. For this, he is kicked out of the force by his superior Captain Newman (Dan Ivan) and soon imprisoned, but John still keeps in touch with his old friend. After serving his sentence, Wong takes a job as a waiter. While waiting tables he meets Chuck Slaughter (Chuck Norris), a criminal mastermind. Slaughter offers Wong a job in his organization but Wong refuses, even as Slaughter threatens to have him killed.

John witnesses some men running away from a bank robbery one morning. While John is chasing some bank robbers. He's pursues the robbers, but there are too many for him and one of them pulls a gun. John runs but is caught in the backyard of the Chu family, where the robbers kill him. The next morning when the police find his body the captain, Newman, accuses Mr. and Mrs. Chu of being in on the murder and the bank robbery. Newman has the Chu's arrested and locked up without bail despite Mr. Chu's claims that he had nothing to do with the crime and didn't even see the men killing John in his backyard. Wong becomes involved because he wants to avenge John's death and free the Chu's. He begins shaking down Chinese criminals looking for clues, and they lead him to Captain Newman. Newman, who was working for Mr. Slaughter, intended to frame the Chu's for the crime committed by Slaughter's own men.

Wong fights Newman and kills him. After Wong kills Newman, he attempts to warn Chu's defending lawyer, but the boss of the gang has already murdered the lawyer (Joy Sales). Wong is confronted by Slaughter's men on the street, and fights them all off, eventually confronting Slaughter himself. Wong defeats Slaughter after a heated battle, and almost kills him when the police burst onto the scene. The new police captain stops Wong from delivering the lethal blow, informing him that he knows the whole story. Wong is reinstated to the police force, but refuses to carry a pistol saying "(He) has no need of guns".[3]


Don Wong TaoOfficer Don Wong (Yellow Faced Tiger)
Sylvia ChangSylvia Clu
Chuck NorrisChuck Slaughter
Dan IvanCaptain Newman

US release

The film was released theatrically in the US in 1981 as Slaughter in San Francisco. It was noticed that it was an older low-budget film announcing Norris as the lead. The film played as a double-bill to other action and genre film.[4][5][6][7]


It was described, a low budget martial arts actioner taking advantage of Norris' fame.[4][5][8][9]

See also


  1. "Huang mian lao hu (1974)". Imdb.
  2. "Huang mian lao hu (1974) Release Info". Imdb.
  3. Slaughter In San-Francisco. (VHS film). Embassy Home Entertainment. 1985. VHS 7645.
  4. Cedrone, Lou (2 September 1981). "It's been a very good summer for movie industry and fans and many are still around". The Evening Sun. 143: 82 via Newspapers.
  5. Gross, Linda (28 October 1981). "'The Unseen' Is Best Left Unseen". The Los Angeles Times: 92 via Newspapers.
  6. "Oceanside-Carlsbad Movie Guide". Times-Advocate: 22. 15 May 1981 via Newspapers.
  7. "Theatre Times". The Gazette. 99: 10. 21 August 1981 via Newspapers.
  8. "Ask Showcase". The Tennessean. 76: 69. 14 June 1981 via Newspapers.
  9. Cedrone, Lou (2 September 1981). "'On the Right Track' comes close but still finishes out of the money". The Evening Sun. 143: 17 via Newspapers.
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