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Ying Wong (screenplay)
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1984 (Hong Kong) See more »
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A Kung Fu master finds out that an opium den is destroying the lives of the town he lives in, and vows to put an end to the den, but first he must try to defeat the strongest enemy he has ever faced: his addiction to the drug itself. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Directed by
Chia Tang 
 
Writing credits
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Ying Wong  screenplay

Produced by
Mona Fong .... producer
 
Original Music by
Chin Yung Shing 
Chen-Hou Su 
 
Cinematography by
Hui-chi Tsao 
 
Film Editing by
Chung Yiu Ma 
Shao Feng Yu 
 
Art Direction by
Ching-Shen Chen 
Kuang-hsien Teng 
 
Costume Design by
Chi-Yu Liu 
 
Makeup Department
Yen-Lien Peng .... hair stylist
Hsu-Ching Wu .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ka Hee Wong .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ke Hung .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Ping Kuang Hsu .... sound recordist
Lan Li .... dubbing editor: mandarin
Yu Ting .... dubbing editor: cantonese
 
Stunts
Chuen Chiang .... stunt coordinator
Pei Chi Huang .... stunt coordinator
Hoi Sang Lee .... stunt coordinator
Chia Tang .... stunt coordinator
Bun Yuen .... stunt coordinator
Wah Yuen .... stunt coordinator
 
Other crew
Run Run Shaw .... presenter
Wen-chiao Teng .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Hung kuen dai see" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Opium and the Kung Fu Master" - Hong Kong (English title)
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USA:85 min (DVD)
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
"Opium and the Kung Fu Master" - last film from Tang Chia, 2 March 2007
Author: Chung Mo from NYC

Veteran action choreographer for the Shaw Bros. studio directed a total of three films on his own at the very end of the studio's existence. This was his last one and after that Tang Chia dropped out of the records. A contemporary of Liu Chia Liang, the other Shaw choreographer turned director, Tang Chia's style was very distinctive and some say defined the classic Shaw kung fu look. He had a fascination with elaborate weapons and apparently took to designing his own for many of the movies that called for something unusual.

A small town is protected by one of the famous Ten Tigers of Kwangtung, played by Ti Lung. The town is very safe as Ti Lung and his kung fu students patrol for criminals. Enter the rival kung fu school whom Ti Lung's students have beaten in a lion dance competition and then humiliated in a brawl. The rival school is joined by an opium dealing kung fu master who plans to turn the town into a community of addicts! Can Ti Lung's character fight this threat when he is quickly slipping into opium addiction himself?

Right off, the martial arts are excellent. Some of the best in any Shaw film. That is enough for some to find this film and I encourage them. The signature Tang Chia crazy weapons are not here but that doesn't lessen the quality of the martial arts at all. The story is quite unusual, you wouldn't expect a kung fu film to tackle the subject of addiction, usually drug dealers are just bad guys to be pounded and the issues of drugs are ignored. The film starts out as a light mixture of action, humor and slapstick. Halfway through the plot turns tragic and sometimes the old school theatrics are turned on full force. The action remains top notch. The ending is unfortunately telegraphed and that lessens the enjoyment a bit. Still the subject of the film is important and it was dealt with in an interesting way.

It too bad that Tang Chia apparently quit the business after this, his three films were quite good. Perhaps he felt that without the support of a studio like the Shaw's, he couldn't maintain the quality.

Recommended and check out the Shaolin "Zatoichi"!

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