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

R  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  22 December 1981 (Hong Kong)
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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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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-Hon 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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Leung Chang: Master, is this the Wing Chun style?
Wong Wah Bo: Eh... who cares which style it is as long as you win?
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Unbelievable movie. Utterly flawless.
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This has got to be one of the best movies I've ever seen. Ever. Its so good that I can watch over and over and over again. The Wing Chun kung fu choreography is the best I've ever seen anywhere and I've seen pretty much most Kung fu flicks. While the rest of the fights have brilliant grace, the final fight between Lam Ching Ying and Frankie Chan is brutal and has more realistic angry punches than kung fu grace, all to win at all costs. The story, screenplay, cinematography and direction are all brilliant. While I'm aware that the English dubbing may not totally reflect the dialog, it also comes out as hilarious and well done. The characters are really amazing. Its also unbelievable that high flying, poorly choreographed crap like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is made even after stuff like this came out in the early 80s!


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