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Writers:
Tin-Chi Lau (screenplay) &
Chik-Chin Huang (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 April 1979 (Hong Kong) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Biao Yuen ... Yipao

Sammo Hung Kam-Bo ... The Beggar
Ka-Yan Leung ... Taipao (as Liang Chia-jen)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Chan ... Casino henchman
Lung Chan ... Broker
Hsi Chang ... Innkeeper
Fat Chung ... 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 ... Police Captain
Mars ... The Tiger (as Fo Sing)
Kuang Yu Wang ... Matchmaker
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Directed by
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo 
 
Writing credits
Tin-Chi Lau (screenplay) &
Chik-Chin Huang (screenplay)

Produced by
Raymond Chow .... producer
Chi-Chung Liu .... assistant producer
 
Original Music by
Frankie Chan  (as Hsun Chi Chen)
 
Cinematography by
Ricky Lau 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Cheung 
 
Production Management
Chi-Chung Liu .... production manager
Louis Sit .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yat-Hung Chu .... assistant director (as Yat-hung Chu)
 
Sound Department
Shao Lung Chou .... sound recordist
Ping Wong .... sound
 
Stunts
Ching-Ying Lam .... stunt double
 
Editorial Department
Simon Broderick .... colorist
 
Other crew
Billy Chan .... assistant action choreographer
Raymond Chow .... presenter
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo .... action choreographer
Ching-Ying Lam .... assistant action choreographer
Chia-Chen Tu .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Knockabout" - Hong Kong (English title)
"The Jade Warriors" - USA (theatrical title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence
Runtime:
92 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Germany:16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (2014) | UK:15 (original rating) | UK:12 (DVD rating) (2005) | USA:PG-13

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Some great kung fu, marred by some sub-par comedy, 24 May 2006
Author: scott_quirico from United States

First off, Yuen Biao is amazing, and teaming him with Sammo Hung always makes for a good movie. Fans of those two should definitely see this one. The problem here is that this film doesn't get to the good stuff until 2/3 of the way through.

The first third is mainly over-the-top goofy comedy where Yuen Biao and his brother try to work various scams on unsuspecting people. I usually like Sammo's comedies, but this part seemed to fall flat. I think that's because it tried too hard to be goofy and funny, for example the characters are constantly twitching and making silly faces.

The second third is a mix of comedy and kung fu when the brothers undertake some training. This part comes off fairly well and nicely sets up the story for a twist that takes off in the final third.

The final third of the film switches to a typical training-for-revenge story, and this part is downright great. Yuen Biao undergoes some of the best training scenes I can remember and finally gets to let loose and show his stuff. This culminates in a long fight scene with the villain that's both intense and inventive. If the whole movie was like this I'd give it a nine or ten, but it's weighed down by the first parts to end up just above average.

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