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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 ...
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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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9 July 1982 (USA)  »

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(From the film Brutes and Savages)
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10 May 2005 | by (NEW YORK) – See all my reviews

I hate it when people who do not understand the genre, post stupid or ludicrous comments. You cannot watch this film with a jaded "American Cinema" perception. Sure it has bad dubbing and a simplistic plot. SO what? It simply has the best fight scenes and action of any martial arts film EVER. The ending is not "sick or gross", it's a strange twist and makes the film unforgettable. The lead is tortured so mercilessly, and so unrelentingly, that by film's end, you're half expecting the brutal onslaught to be unleashed. Note carefully the manic yet precise performance as the hero fights the bad guys during the incredible final sequences. That's one bad man! So, in short, If u don't "get it", then don't watch it!


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