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Mantis Fist Fighter (1980)
"Dian tang lang" (original title)

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Ah Chi (Ka-Yan Leung) is obsessed with the martial arts and, more often than not, his kung-fu clowning gets him into trouble. One day he gets into a fight defending the locals from a ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Ka-Yan Leung ...
Ah Chi
I Lung Huang
Feng Cheng
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fu-Chien Chang
Yuet Sang Chin
Mien Fang ...
Yang Han Wai
Chang Sheng Ko
Eddy Ko
Chi-yu Kong
Kun Li
Chin Ku Ma
Li-Pao Ou
Te-Yun Pei
San Peng ...
(as San Pang)
Ting-Ken Shih
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Ah Chi (Ka-Yan Leung) is obsessed with the martial arts and, more often than not, his kung-fu clowning gets him into trouble. One day he gets into a fight defending the locals from a violent thug who turns out to be an enforcer for tong boss Hsia (Eddie Ko) of the notorious Jade Brotherhood. In retaliation, Hsia forces Chi's martial arts master to expel him. Masterless and working for a fish vendor, Chi meets a crafty kid (Yat Lung Wong), whose uncle Chow Tung (Simon Yuen) is a master of the Insane Mantis style. Though the crotchety old man refuses to teach Chi his technique, Chi picks up what he can in secret. Master Chow soon relents after Chi is badly beaten in yet another battle with Hsia's goons. Insane Mantis instruction now begins in earnest with great acrobatic acuity. Eventually, however, Hsia and his lackeys ambush and kill both the fish vendor and the old master which, in turn, completes Ah Chi's descent into total insanity. Emulating praying mantis behavior, Ah Chi ... Written by Neva Friedenn

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25 May 2003 | by (NEW YORK) – See all my reviews

One of the best old school kung fu flicks ever. Watch for the "eating scene" at the end. You will not forget this flick! Lots of these action sequences are being co opted by new filmmakers (see: Matrix,Charlie's Angels, Crouching Tiger....) as if they are something new. These fight scenes have been around for some time in Chinese martial arts films, and this film is at the head of the class. Compares favorably to "Shaolin Vs. Ninja". EXCEPTIONAL!RIVETING!


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