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Dragon Strike (1982)
"Long xiao ye" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Sport  |  21 January 1982 (Hong Kong)
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The adventures of a restless martial arts student called Dragon, who, while constantly pursuing a girl, gets involved in the affairs of a gang of thieves.

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Dragon
Mars ...
Cowboy
Wai-Man Chan ...
Tiger (as Hui-Min Chen)
Lei Suet ...
Alice (as Sidney Yim)
Ing-Sik Whang ...
The Big Boss
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Paul Chang ...
Cowboy's Father
Kang-Yeh Cheng ...
Ah Dee
Wah Cheung ...
Smuggler
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Dragon's Father (voice)
Tyler Dean ...
(voice)
Fung Feng ...
The Referee
Hark-On Fung ...
The Killer King (as Ke-An Fung)
Jessica Gee ...
(voice)
Gam-Kong Ho ...
The Commentator
Kang Ho ...
Referee
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The adventures of a restless martial arts student called Dragon, who, while constantly pursuing a girl, gets involved in the affairs of a gang of thieves.

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

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At the time this film held the world record for a scene that needed the most takes, over a thousand for the "shuttlecock soccer" scene. See more »

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Kuhumperwhumpf!
20 September 2009 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Work-shy student Dragon (Chan) and his madcap pal Cowboy (Mars) spend their days getting up to mischief, frustrating the elders, chasing girls, and competing in the village sport - in which contestants scramble to the top of a tall wooden pyramid, the "bun tower", to retrieve a golden ball, rugby-fashion. When Dragon overhears a fiendish plot by smugglers to sell China's national treasures overseas, the pair leap into action. Also, Cowboy's wealthy father is kidnapped by the villainous and lethal Big Boss (In-Sik), and the scene is set for a furious martial arts showdown.

An attempt to claw back some native credibility after his first US outing The Big Brawl (1980) flopped Stateside, Dragon Lord saw Chan returning to Taiwan to work on a sequel to his directorial debut Young Master (also 1980). It would be ultimately abandoned - along with months of wasted footage - for a confused, if enjoyable affair, with no real script.

Accordingly, Dragon Lord also crashed and burned at Hong Kong theatres, much to the director's chagrin, who'd attempted to "make a new kind of action picture". As Chan told 'Combat' magazine years later: "I got rid of the kung fu and tried to put in sports, but I found that the audience didn't want that." But if Dragon Lord almost shot down Chan's rising star there and then, it did set a template for successive hits; tightly-choreographed acrobatics taking precedence over traditional Shaolin combat-styles; outtakes featuring aborted stunts over the credits; a winning goofy charm.

Stand-out sequences include a Badminton-like game played with shuttlecocks (but no bats), and the climactic fight between Mars, Chan and real-life Taekwondo master In-Sik, which is both simultaneously deadly and near-clownish (if this film had an overall sound it would be "Boiinngg!", or possibly "Kuhumperwhumpf!").


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