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Shan-Hsi Ting (writer)
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Release Date:
10 February 1973 (Hong Kong) See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Yu Wang ... Lin Hao-Shan
Yasuaki Kurata ... Tetsuro
Pei Ling Chen ... Mei Hua
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chung-kuei Chang
Yi Kuei Chang ... Thief
Hsin Yi Chen
Ying Fung Chen ... Yueh Fung
Wai Hung Ho ... Thief
Han Hsieh ... Thief
Eddy Ko ... Wan Hsiung (as Kao Hung)
Hsiao Pao Ko ... Hsiao Pao
Chiang Li
Jack Long
Fei Lung ... Masaki
Chin Ku Ma
Mao Shan ... Taezo
Ting-Ken Shih
Blackie Ko Shou Liang ... Thief
Chih Wei Tang
Lan-Hua Tang
Hung Tsai ... Mishima
Gam Guk Tse
Hao Wang
Kuo Hui Wang
Yung Sheng Wang
Su Wei ... Lin Ming-Chung
Tung Chiao Wu ... Dojo samurai
Yuen Yi ... Mr. Hung
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Directed by
Shan-Hsi Ting  (as Ting San See)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shan-Hsi Ting  writer

Produced by
Cheuk Hon Wong .... producer (as Wong Ching Han)
 
Original Music by
Fu Liang Chou  (as Chow Fu Liang)
 
Cinematography by
Chi Bun Lin  (as Lam Chi Bun)
 
Costume Design by
Siong Mak Chan 
 
Makeup Department
Leong San Lee .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Hsi Fan Chan .... production manager
Tai-tung Kang .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hung Chi .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Bon Ching Chow .... props
 
Sound Department
Chien-chuan Fung .... sound effects editor (as Michael Fung)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ying xiong ben se" - Taiwan (original title)
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Runtime:
85 min
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Over the top fun!, 18 August 2002
Author: flyingchimpanzee from San Francisco

A minute into the movie and you know you're in for some fun. A groovy 60's soundtrack blares as the scene opens onto several young men in martial arts training. A trainee jumps high into the air and just as he busts his kung-fu move the film freezes on the image and a credit appears in Chinese characters. The opening continues this way, (high jump kicks syncopated to the funky beat), until the credit sequence is over.

We learn that these trainees are three Japanese brothers, (one is of course played by Yasuaki Kurata), and their squat & sturdy auntie is teaching them tough killer kung-fu to avenge the death of their parents. Their father committed hari-kari from the shame of losing a war prisoner during a prison break and now the harsh midget auntie, (Tse Gam Guk), works to poison the boys with hatred and revenge.

Cut to Taiwan and Jimmy Wang Yu is a taxi driver who lives with his father, little brother and sexy blind sister. Jimmy's a righteous man with a quick fist who tends to get into fights. Unfortunately after every fight Jimmy must pay for his victim's medical bills by dipping into a fund for his sister's operation. Still Jimmy's quite a guy, stopping the `sneak thieves' by chasing them in a loader from an empty shipyard and saving his supermarket clerk girlfriend from lecherous advances.

It turns out that Jimmy's dad helped sneak the war hero out of the Japanese prison and now the vengeful brother's have arrived in Taiwan to make him and his family pay. The story is just a set up for the audience to view innumerable fight sequences between the killer brothers and various family members but especially with Wang Yu. The film is purposely gimmicky using silly sound effects, jump cuts, freeze frames, motorcycle gangs, supermarkets (a novelty in Hong Kong at the time?) and real life stunt woman Tse Gam Guk to perform several of her outrageous stunts in the film. It's obvious that this movie was just slapped together but there are more than enough fun and outlandish moments to find Knight Errant entertaining.

Addendum: The term Knight Errant is a common translation for the traditional Chinese hero character seen in many ancient Wu Xia fables. Wang Yu is obviously playing a modern version of this traditional character in the film.

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