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The Prodigal Son (1981)
"Bai ga jai" (original title)

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A rich man's son (Yuen Biao) believes himself to be the best kung fu fighter in Canton. Unfortunately, his father, anxious for his son's safety, bribes all his opponents to lose. After a ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Biao Yuen ...
Ching-Ying Lam ...
Leung Yee-tai
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Wong Wah-bo
Frankie Chan ...
Ngai Fei
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Lung Chan ...
Yee Tong-choi
Yau Hau Chan ...
Chang's father
Ching Po Chang ...
Opera troupe manager
Hsi Chang ...
Doctor
Wellson Chin ...
Master Mun
Yuet Sang Chin ...
Chang's Kungfu teacher
Fat Chung ...
Mr Law
Wai-han Ho ...
Twiggy
Hoi Sang Lee ...
Chang's Kungfu teacher
Wen Tai Li ...
Angry Kungfu master
Ching Lin ...
Chang's mother
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A rich man's son (Yuen Biao) believes himself to be the best kung fu fighter in Canton. Unfortunately, his father, anxious for his son's safety, bribes all his opponents to lose. After a humiliating defeat at the hands of an actor in a traveling theatre company, the son resolves to find a better teacher. Furious kung fu battles and slapstick comedy. Written by Richard Hills <R.Hills@wlv.ac.uk>

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Rated R for martial arts violence | See all certifications »
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22 December 1981 (Hong Kong)  »

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Leung Yee Tai: Leung Chang, of all the kung fu fighters I've seen, you're the dumbest and most foolish.
Leung Chang: I'm not foolish. It's because you don't know how to teach!
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Kung Fu at its best
2 October 2001 | by (Leeds, UK) – See all my reviews

This movie is what every old school kung fu should be about. The action is unpassable. With Yuen Biao, Lam Ching Ying and Sammo Hung in excellent form.

Also the acting is top class, Sammo and Lam Ching work perfectly as feuding brothers and Yuen Biao is convincing in his role as the prodigal son.

The movie is well balanced between humour and drama. Sammo is at his funniest when impressing his daughter (and the audience) with his calligraphy skills, Sammo at his best!

Unlike most Kung Fu movies the story in this one makes some sense and is seamless, there are parrallels between each person and is balanced perfectly between action and moving the story on.

The musical score is also top class, Frankie Chan does a wonderful job, the final fight music is perfectly suited.

A must for any Action fan.


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