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19 December 1979 (Hong Kong) See more »
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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  (in credits order)

Sammo Hung Kam-Bo ... Lam Sai-Wing / 'Butcher Wing'
Hoi Sang Lee ... Master Ko
Biao Yuen ... Foon
Mei Sheng Fan ... Beggar King
Pai Wei ... Chik
Qiqi Chen ... Lan Hsing
Tak-Hing Kwan ... Wong Fei-Hong
Hark-On Fung ... Ko Tai-Hoi
Fat Chung ... Wildcat
Ching-Ying Lam ... Killer with Fan
Kam Chiang ... Lam Sai-Kwong
Mo Yuen ... Pole Man
Choh Lam Tsang ... Night Watchman
Ging Man Fung ... Chess Player
Gwa-Pau Sai ... Nga-Chat So
Pak-Kwong Ho ... Blind Man
Jing Tang ... Yuet Mei
Chau Sang Lau ... Waiter
Billy Chan ... Tai Hoi's Man
Chiu Jun Lee ... Tai-Hoi's Man
Kwok Shing Lau ... Butcher Chang
Kam Kong Chow ... Master Ko's Disciple
Wellson Chin ... Master Ko's Disciple
Tin Shing Hoh ... Master Ko's Disciple
Fung Lee ... Restaurant Worker

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 
Production Management
Chi-Chung Liu .... production manager
Other crew
Billy Chan .... assistant action choreographer
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo .... action choreographer
Ching-Ying Lam .... assistant action choreographer
Chuo-lun Ting .... script supervisor
Chia-Chen Tu .... production assistant
Biao Yuen .... assistant action choreographer
Biao Yuen .... double: martial arts and acrobatics
Woo-ping Yuen .... action director

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Also Known As:
"Lin Shi Rong" - Hong Kong (original title)
"The Magnificent Butcher" - Hong Kong (English title)
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Rated PG-13 for violent content
108 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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After Siu-Tien Yuen's death, the script was rewritten. Lee Hoi -San originally played a comic relief character and a different actor played Sammo Hung's brother before the rewrite.See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Yep, its magnificent alright, a fabulous kung fu gem, 26 November 2009
Author: t-birkhead from United Kingdom

Magnificent Butcher tells us of Butcher Wing, a real life figure who was one of Wong Fei Hung's students, played here by Sammo Hung. Through a tale of deceit and misunderstanding that starts out light in tone but gets pretty dark spirited around halfway through he ends up training from a mysterious old drunkard and coming up against the fiercely powerful head of a rival school. Directed by Sammo Hung and Yuen Woo Ping, with choreography by Woo Ping, this is a near impeccable affair, with a sweet amount of fighting, very well choreographed. The fights have less use of background objects than was to become typical as the genre evolved from the classical Shaw Brothers stylings into more quirky, slapstick infused fare, but still the locations are used to good effect and the fights steer a near constant and well handled course between humorous, fanciful (one or two wall or ceiling climbing moves) and technically masterful, with great use of different styles like snake, crane and tiger, with fights often hopping between styles with aplomb. There's some use of weapons as well, including a cool monkey pole sequence. In terms of performers this is excellent across the board, Sammo Hung is both amusing when needed and a fighting powerhouse, Wai Pei and Yuen Biao provide rock solid support and Fung Hak On is potently hissable as a loathsome villain. Mei Sheng Fan is the strange and talented beggar cum teacher, and is terrific as ever, like a second string Yuen Siu Tien he evokes wisdom and comedy whilst never letting up his edge of mighty fighting skills, a brilliant turn evoking both awe and chuckles. Its near perfect stuff as these films go, sadly it loses a little on the dramatic side of things. It was written by Wong Jing and as such has the typical problems of a Wong Jing film, its move from light to seriousness is too abrupt, then there is humour where it is unneeded in the serious final act, also the overt comedy errs on the side of dumb rather than funny a little too readily. The writing doesn't really understand the dramatic side of the story being put across and thus in general cinema terms it loses out slightly as the finale is less unpretentiously rip roaring or emotionally intriguing than it could be, which is a pity. But overall this is a darn fine example of its genre and practically a must see for old school kung fu buffs. Classic film, enjoy.

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