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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 Kam-Bo Hung ... 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

Directed by
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung 
 
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 Kam-Bo Hung .... 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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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Keep on watching... it gets a whole lot better towards the end!, 6 October 2006
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

About half an hour into Knockabout and I was ready to award it a rating of 6; the martial arts were not particularly impressive and the comedy was routine. Half an hour later and I had changed my mind; the action had improved somewhat and the story was picking up. A 7 now seemed like a reasonable score.

By the end of the film, however, I was utterly flabbergasted: Knockabout had improved beyond belief, delivering one of the most impressive finales in a martial arts movie that I have had the pleasure to witness. I now award the movie an 8 and highly recommend it to fans of the genre.

Yuen Baio and Ka-Yan Leung play brothers Yipao and Taipao, lovable rogues who convince a martial arts expert to take them on as students. When Yipao discovers that their teacher is actually a wanted criminal, Silver Fox (Chia Yung Liu), he is attacked by his master. Taipao jumps in to protect his sibling but is killed; Yipao barely escape with his life. Seeking revenge, Yipao enlists the help of a beggar (Sammo Hung) who is a master of monkey-style kung fu, and together they take on Silver Fox in a breath-taking fight to the death.

On reflection, I now realise that the earlier, less impressive fights were deliberately underwhelming in order to show how much the brothers still had to learn. As they gain more experience, the fights get better and better, until the mind-bogglingly acrobatic ending in which Biao performs feats that need to be seen to be believed.

The training scenes with Sammo's beggar involve some of the greatest acrobatics I have ever witnessed and these alone make the film worth watching. A final battle with Hung and Biao combining their monkey kung fu skills against Chia Yung Liu's snake style rounds off a wonderfully satisfying movie experience.

Knockabout is a real treat for all lovers of old-school martial arts movies and especially fans of Yuen Baio and Sammo Hung.

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