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The Incredible Kung Fu Master (1979)
"Xing mu zi gu huo zhao" (original title)

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In a small town somewhere in 19th-century China, two brothers, each using their own particular style of martial arts, defeat a bully of a fighter who is terrorizing the town. In the ensuing... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Wei Tung ...
Phillip Ko ...
(as Fei Ko)
Fat Chung
Hoi Sang Lee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Chan
Lung Chan
Ging Man Fung
Pak-Kwong Ho
Ha Huang ...
(as Wong Ha)
Ching-Ying Lam ...
(as Bruce Liang)
Hoi Mang
Choh Lam Tsang


In a small town somewhere in 19th-century China, two brothers, each using their own particular style of martial arts, defeat a bully of a fighter who is terrorizing the town. In the ensuing celebration, a debate among the townspeople arises over which of the brothers has the best style, and the brothers become bitter rivals, neither of which is willing to admit that the other is his equal. Each sets up a martial arts school in the town. Years pass. A rich stranger comes to town with his two sons, and he places them in the two martial arts schools: One son in one school, and the other son in the other school. He vows to return in two years to test their knowledge. Meanwhile: Kung Fu Ching is a local boy in the town, and Ching is an unabashed martial arts fanatic who is trying to develop his own style of kung fu. He meets up with a wandering winemaker who also knows a lot of kung fu, and who encourages Ching to study more than one style of martial arts. Ching begins attending the ... Written by Afterburner <>

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martial arts


A lesson in slaughter!


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1980 (USA)  »

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They Call Me Phat Dragon  »

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Sammo shoots and scores for kung fu movie fans
24 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sammo Hung did everything right with this movie. Where shall I begin to pile on the praise? I'll start with the little guys, the minor characters who briefly do their thing and never come back. Even these guys resonate and stay in my head adding another layer of fullness. There's actually a plot that gets developed so I had something to think about before the good fights start and the beer buzz kicks in. The fights are all well done and that's why I'm watching. Each fight perfectly fits the characters fighting and reveals character and advances the action on top of being just plain entertaining. All the fight choreography was creative and the execution excellent. Is there anything wrong with this movie? Yes. If you are not a fan of old school kung fu movies, if you cannot read subtitles or cannot turn off in your mind the bad dubbing, there's no sense watching this - you just won't "get it". This is not one of those movies that "transcends the genre" as the cliché goes. So just between me and the rest of the fans that "get it" this movie rates no less than a 7.8 .

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