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Ka-Yan Leung
Siu Tin Yuen
Ling-lung Ouyang
Yi Lung Huang
Lan Sun
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Kuo Chung Ching
Eddy Ko
Han Lo
Chin Ku Ma
Li-Pao Ou
Ting-Ken Shih
Kwai Shui
Siu Tak-Foo ...
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Hsiao Fu Weng
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After being beaten by some thugs, police officer Chin Tai Ba (Leung Kar Yan) learns the Sleeping Fist style from martial arts master Chung Yiu (Yuen Siu Tin). After mastering his training, Chin sets out with his teacher and Cub (Wong Yat Lung) to get his revenge. But the bad guys have a secret weapon of their own, Eagle Claw master Kao (Kao Hsiung).

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Never heard of it before - but I loved it
9 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was surprised - and delighted - to discover that SLEEPING FIST, a martial arts movie I'd never heard of previously, is the long-lost brother of the Jackie Chan classic DRUNKEN MASTER. It's a film very much in the spirit of that famous movie, a period kung fu flick based around a small cast and with plenty of juvenile comedy and training sequences to pad out the running time.

This film features a welcome leading role for 'Beardy', aka Leung Kar-Yan, one of the most underrated of all Hong Kong stars. The guy can not only fight, and fight convincing, but he also has a natural charisma that makes him the sort of person you always keep an eye on whenever he's around. Beardy is given some excellent support from the reliable Simon Yuen, once again playing a variant of his 'Beggar So' character from the Jackie Chan movies, who gets plenty of screen time around. The other surprise is that a kid is the third lead and he's not annoying for once! Instead this child actor is jaw-droppingly flexible in his training sequences, and funny in the comedy stakes too; pee humour has never been so amusing.

The action parts of the plot are quite ordinary, but there's a notably nasty chief villain to be dealt with, and the extensive fight climax doesn't disappoint either. SLEEPING FIST is a funny, joyous, and charming kung fu film that goes to show you don't need flashy effects or a big budget to make an action film work.


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