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Release Date:
19 December 1979 (Hong Kong) See more »
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Plot:
A plump butcher student of Wong Fei Hung, Lam Sai-Wing (Sammo) gets into trouble with a rival kung-fu... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Sammo Hung Kam-Bo ... Lam Sai-wing / 'Butcher Wing'
Hoi Sang Lee ... Master Ko
Pai Wei ... Chik
Biao Yuen ... Foon
Tak-Hing Kwan ... Wong Fei-Hong
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Chan ... Tai Hoi's man
Qiqi Chen ... Lan Hsing
Kam Chiang ... Lam Sai-kwong
Fat Chung ... Wildcat
Mei Sheng Fan ... Beggar
Ging Man Fung ... Chess player
Hark-On Fung ... Ko Tai-Hoi
Pak-Kwong Ho ... Blind man
Ching-Ying Lam ... Killer with Fan
Fung Lee ... Restaurant worker
Gwa-Pau Sai ... Ah So
Jing Tang ... Yuet Mei
Choh Lam Tsang ... Night watchman
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Directed by
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo 
Woo-ping Yuen 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edward Tang  (as Dang Geng-san)
Jing Wong 

Produced by
Raymond Chow .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frankie Chan  (as Hsun Chi Chen)
 
Cinematography by
Kuan-Hua Ma 
 
Art Direction by
Wo Mak 
 
Other crew
Billy Chan .... assistant action choreographer
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo .... action choreographer
Ching-Ying Lam .... assistant action choreographer
Chuo-lun Ting .... script supervisor
Biao Yuen .... assistant action choreographer
Biao Yuen .... double: martial arts and acrobatics
Woo-ping Yuen .... action director
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lin Shi Rong" - Hong Kong (original title)
"The Magnificent Butcher" - Hong Kong (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for violent content
Runtime:
108 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Mei Sheng Fan replaced Siu-Tien Yuen.See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The best of the best!!!, 16 April 2007
Author: CapnDred from United Kingdom

A great film. Sure it's a 70's kung fu film, but this one seems somehow to rise above many of its ilk. It starts quickly and from there, it feels like there's never 10 minutes go by without a cracking fight scene. And that's just the thing - ALL the fight scenes are cracking... even the ones you would expect to be minor throw-away scuffles are awesomely executed, filmed and edited! As a 70s Hong Kong Kung Fu film, it still has some fairly broad humour, but it feels more hit than miss. The pantomime style farcical elements here don't seem as forced or as protracted as in many movies of this type. It has some genuinely moving moments and the plot, although straightforward and formulaic, is also refreshing in that it doesn't deviate too much with irrelevances. Nor does it get too tied up in itself. However, there is enough plot there to keep interest in the brief bits between fights.

And this film IS about the fights. There is some awesome kung fu with just the right mix of reality-grounded martial arts, and odd touches wire-assisted flair. Sammo, as with many of the main players, is clearly at his peak, and with his input, the fights can be pretty brutal at times. They are fast, lengthy, hard, and fast and are just starting to move away from the stilted nature of the 70s films. Yuen Biao gets a great showcase fight too - one that shows his martial arts ability more than his acrobatic prowess. This is a film about the martial arts - there are some impressive acrobatics but they are kind of the run of the mill stuff of these films, rather than the jaw-dropping acrobatics of say Wheels on Meals or Dragons Forever. Sammo pulls out some impressive flips though. As does Beggar So's character.

This is my new favourite 70s kung-fuer... and I found it more enjoyable, even, than... dare I say it... Drunken Master!!! Yes - it's that good!

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