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Za jia xiao zi (1979)

Knockabout is Sammo HungÂ's (TVÂ's Martial Law, The Legend Of Zu) brilliant cinematic achievement at merging comedy with kung fu. His meticulous blending of the two ingredients is vividly demonstrated in this film.

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Taipao (as Liang Chia-jen)
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Casino henchman
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Broker
Hsi Chang ...
Innkeeper
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Big Eyes
Pak-Kwong Ho ...
Casino boss
Kuan-Hsien Huang
Ching-Ying Lam ...
Casino henchman
Hoi Sang Lee ...
Painter Danno
Chia Yung Liu ...
Koo Wu-Tai / The Fox
Karl Maka ...
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Mars ...
The Tiger (as Fo Sing)
Kuang Yu Wang ...
Matchmaker
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Knockabout is Sammo HungÂ's (TVÂ's Martial Law, The Legend Of Zu) brilliant cinematic achievement at merging comedy with kung fu. His meticulous blending of the two ingredients is vividly demonstrated in this film.

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Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence | See all certifications »

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Yuen Biao is awesome
21 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

First things first: the fight scenes in "Knockabout" are plentiful and SUPERB. Some of them are staged like elaborate comic dances - Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton would probably be pleased if they could see some of the gags here. In addition to his great fighting, Yuen Biao performs many admirable acrobatic feats (I doubt that Jackie Chan could ever do some of the stuff that Biao does here), and Sammo Hung moves with incredible agility for a man his size! There is also a lot of comedy in this film, which will not be to everyone's taste, as it involves a lot of mugging and twitching (as well as exaggerated sound effects and animal sounds), but there ARE some genuinely funny moments. The only problem with the film is the plodding pacing: there simply isn't enough story to support 100 minutes of running time. (**1/2)


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