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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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Bai ga jai  »

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Leung Chang: Master! I'm sorry. It's all my fault.
Leung Yee Tai: You're damn right it's your fault. And stop calling me 'master'. I really don't need such a dumb student.
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Best kung-fu film of all time.
17 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Yuen biao is the man. I think he's one of the best actors in Hong Kong whether it's martial arts or not, it's just ridiculous that he's never been nominated in the best actor category at the Hong Kong awards. I've seen this film about 30 times now. It's one of the few kung-fu films that i can watch from beginning to end, as usually i go straight to the fights. The kung-fu is brilliant, very fast, very realistic, and very precise. The end fight is pure genius, fast and furious. The fight between Frankie Chan and Lam Ching Ying is brilliant too, and the training sequences... this film is just perfect. Brilliant camera work, slick editing and great music. More people should see this film to see the pure genius of Sammo Hung,Yuen Biao, and the brilliant Lam Ching Ying. It doesn't have as many fights as the other old skool kung-fu movies, but believe me this movie rocks. 10/10


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