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Dirty Ho (1976)

Lan tou He (original title)
A prince enlists a thief to serve as his bodyguard to protect him from assassins.

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Credited cast:
Yue Wong ...
'Dirty' Ho Jen
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Wang Tsun Hsin - 11th prince
Lieh Lo ...
General Liang
Lung Wei Wang ...
Fan Chin-Kong
Hou Hsiao ...
Hsia Liu (as Hsiao Ho)
Wilson Tong ...
Mr. Chu (as Tang Wei Cheng)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lung Chan ...
Bitter Face
Ming-Wai Chan ...
(as Ming-Wei Chen)
Szu-Chia Chen
Wing-Hon Cheung ...
(as Yung-Han Chang)
Han Chiang
Tien-Chu Chin
Miao Ching
Ming Fung
Bao-Hsing Ho
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Storyline

Prince Wang is the 11th prince of Manchuria and an excellent martial artist, but prefers not to draw attention to himself and keeps a low profile, posing as a merchant who deals in wine, antiques and paintings. He has a run-in with Ho Jen, a simple thief who makes a living by stealing and spending loot wherever he can. The Prince takes a liking to the thief and enlists him to be his bodyguard, something Ho takes to very reluctantly at first. But when a conspiracy unfolds and the Prince is targeted for assassination, Ho must undertake a serious training regime to protect his master. Written by Shaw

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Wang Tsun Hsin - 11th prince: Give up crime, and do honest deeds!
'Dirty' Ho Jen: What for?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature Dirty Ho fighting off competing robbers for loot, and Prince Wang engaging in a sparring match. The two run into each other, and the Prince forces Ho to face his own opponents. The credits end with Ho declaring the Prince as his master. See more »

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Featured in Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong (2003) See more »

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Unmatched Kung Fu poetry
14 January 2005 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This is one of the films that sears itself into your mind forever unless kung fu films are a real turn off. Even when it was only watchable in poorly centered TV prints the brilliance of the action shined thru. Filmed towards the end of the golden age of the Shaw Brothers Studios, Dirty Ho rates as the top of the genre. The way the fights are choreographed is mesmerizing and I have spent hours rewinding the scenes to see exactly how the director orchestrated the camera and actors. It incredible how the movement progresses. I defy anyone to come up with something as subtle yet outrageous as the wine scene or the antique scene. The scenes in "House of Flying Daggers" are quite impressive but everything is computer assisted exaggeration. Here the only tricks are what could be done with editing and camera movement (O.K. maybe a few wires). You can see that most of the work is being done by the highly talented actors.

When this is re-released, buy it!


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