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Fo Zhang huang di (1980)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 15 May 1980 (Hong Kong)
Lord Tsoi of the Manchus is ambushed by Ming freedom fighters. Kung fu fanatic, Shao Hai, comes to his rescue and is made Tsoi's personal body guard. Shao Hai soon finds that he has been ... See full summary »

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Jang Lee Hwang ...
Prince Yi
Hoi Mang ...
Shao
Yuet Sang Chin ...
Crazy Abbot
Fei Lung ...
Mo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chung-Kuei Chang
Pao-Shan Chang
Yi Kuei Chang
Ke Chu
Fang Fang
Po Wei Hou
Ching-ying Hu
Han Chang Hu
Ti-Men Kan
Chi-Yu Kong
Lung Yin Li
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Lord Tsoi of the Manchus is ambushed by Ming freedom fighters. Kung fu fanatic, Shao Hai, comes to his rescue and is made Tsoi's personal body guard. Shao Hai soon finds that he has been ordered to kill a member of his own family so he must take vengeance against Lord Tsoi and his men.

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Buddhist Assassinator  »

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Who knew Hoi Mang had it in him?
10 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

BUDDHA ASSASSINATOR is another fun kung fu training film in the same vein as DRUNKEN MASTER and SLEEPING FIST, albeit with a slightly more developed villain. The film sees the young and bumbling Hoi Mang playing a lowly servant who unwittingly saves the life of his master, a powerful lord, from assassins. From that point in he is taken under his master's wing and taught the ways of kung fu, but there is more to the situation than meets the eye.

Although this is obviously a low budget film, it's pretty well paced and has plenty of incident to keep it moving along. There are the usual fight scenes played for laughs, lowbrow humour, and political intrigue thrown into the mix. A drunken beggar type character shows up in support, while the ubiquitous Hwang Jang Lee is typically excellent as the powerful villain of the piece.

The biggest surprise is seeing Hoi Mang in a leading role. Mang is a guy who keeps popping up in many of the Jackie Chan/Sammo Hung movies of the 1980s, usually in small roles, so seeing him as the lead was a real surprise. The second surprise is that he can actually fight! For somebody to hold their own against Hwang Jang is an impressive feat in itself, and the final fight in this film is quite wonderful, as you'd expect: funny, frenetic, and exciting; I was crying tears of laughter at some of the antics during the climax.


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