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Boxer from Shantung (1972)

Ma Yong Zhen (original title)
Leaving the poverty of his life in Shantung to seek fortune in Shanghai, The Boxer is instead drawn into a world of corruption, gang warfare and evil... Where his only protection is his famed fighting technique.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ma Yung Chen (introducing)
Li Ching ...
Chin Ling-tzu
David Chiang ...
Tan Sze (guest star)
Mario Milano ...
Russian Boxer (as Ma Lan Nu)
Ching Tien ...
Li Tsai-chun - Champion 3 (guest star)
Feng Ku ...
Chang Chin-fa - Champion 2
Nan Chiang ...
Yang Shuang
Yi Feng ...
Fan A-ken - Champion 1
Kang-Yeh Cheng ...
Hsiao Chiang-pei
Ching Wang ...
Lu Pu - Champion 4
Hao Chen ...
Mr. Chin
Shang Yun Liang
Yen Tsan Tang
Lao Shen ...
Innkeeper
Wen Tai Li
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Storyline

Ma Yung Cheng leaves Shantung, trying to find better fortune in Shanghai, trusting his youth and physical valour. He meets friendship with Hsiai Chiang Pei, and love (CHING LI), and fate has him meet, and find employment with a local gangster. He defeats an undefeatable Foreign Champion, then three champions at once, only to fall into a trap set up by gangster arch-rival Yang Shuang... Written by Artemis-9

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He killed to survive...and kill again!

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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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11 February 1972 (Hong Kong)  »

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Boxer from Shantung  »

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Trivia

The symbol on the back of the cart that is unveiled midway through the film is the word "Ma", the main character's surname. See more »

Goofs

When the boss is dropped off to fight, overhead power lines are visible behind the driver. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Chin: Lingzi, you have a lady's temper, but a maid's destiny.
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Connections

Followed by Chou lian huan (1972) See more »

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Shaw Brothers Mania: The Boxer From Shan Tung
28 May 2004 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

The Boxer From Shan Tung (1972) is a rags to riches story about a country bumpkin who aspires to become the greatest gangster of his era. Ma Yong Zhen makes a name for himself from the ground up by getting the poor and the down trodden to become a part of his "empire". But like all fast rising gangsters they have to fall sometime. The battle in the Tea House has to be the single greatest piece of action film-making I have ever seen. The usual Shaw Brothers players can be found in this two hour plus epic of bloodletting proportions. Kuan Tai Chen stars as Ma Yong Zhen. As usual he makes a great lead actor. He always sports a smile and never let his personal situations bring him down. Kuan also makes a credible butt kicking fighter. David Chiang has an extended cameo as Tan Si, a fellow gangster who becomes a mentor/friend to Ma. Feng Ku co-stars as one of the 4 Champions of Shan Tung, Wang Chung and Hark-On Fung have small roles as Tan Si's henchmen. Ching Li co-stars as the Tea House singer who falls for the mack-daddy charm of Ma Yong Zhen.

Check out the remastered print from Celestial Films. Not only is the film restored to it's original running time but the picture is in pristine condition and the English subs are excellent. Get ready for some action packed, bone crunching excitement!! Another winner from Chang Cheh and the Shaw Brothers!

Highest recommendation possible.


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