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King of Beggars (1992)
"Mo jong yuen So Hat-Yi" (original title)

TV-14  |   |  Action, Comedy, Drama  |  17 December 1992 (Hong Kong)
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The spoilt son of a millionaire finds the love of his life, but she will only accept him if he proves himself as a kung-fu master. He enters and wins the "Kung-Fu Scholar" tournament, ... See full summary »

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So-cha-ha-yee Chan / So Hat-Yi / Beggar So (as Sing-chi Chow)
Sharla Cheung ...
Yu-Shang (as Man Cheung)
Man Tat Ng ...
General So (as Mang-tat Ng)
Norman Chu ...
Chiu (as Siu-keung Chui)
Wai Lam ...
Seng Ko Lin-Chin
Chung Wang ...
Uncle Mok (as Chung Wong)
Wai Yee Chan ...
Yu-Shang's sister
Pak-Cheung Chan ...
Minister of Justice
Lawrence Cheng ...
Professor (as Tan-shui Cheng)
Matthew Wong ...
Emperor (as Hin-mung Wong)
Bei-Dak Lai ...
Uncle Cheng (as Bei-dak Lai)
King-Tan Yuen ...
Madam Pimp
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So Chan's daughter
Cheung-Yan Yuen ...
Hung Yat-San
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The spoilt son of a millionaire finds the love of his life, but she will only accept him if he proves himself as a kung-fu master. He enters and wins the "Kung-Fu Scholar" tournament, little realizing that this victory will lead to him becoming penniless, homeless and sleepy. One day, while sleeping under a tree, he encounters a beggar he helped when he was still rich... Written by Niz

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Elaborate, funny, but ultimately uninvolving riches-to-rags tale
5 January 2002 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Something of a departure for Stephen Chow, as he drops the zany over-the-top humour of his more well known comedies to play a real legendary figure, So-Hat-Yi a.k.a the "King of Beggars". Although you wouldn't notice its not supposed to be a typical Chow comedy until well into the second half, because the convoluted, meandering story allows Chow to do all his usual comedy gimmicks before turning into a more serious historical action adventure.

There is plenty to admire here: a fun cameo from directing legend Yuen Woo Ping, the "sleeping fist" kung-fu style, some well mounted large-scale battle scenes, and the usual fantastical action sequences typical to the fantasy/swordplay genre.

Unfortunately, its all a bit baffling, the plot is uninvolving, and its all rather inconsistent in tone (one minute Chow is a bumbling idiot, the next he's a stoic hero).

Worth a look, particularly if you prefer martial arts to comedy, but not Stephen Chow's best.


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