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Fo Shan Zan xian sheng (1978)

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Norman Chu ...
Moneylender Hua
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Liang Chen
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Kwok Kuen Chan
Shao-Chia Chen
Chok Chow Cheung
Chih-Ping Chiang
Chin-Hai Chou
Kam Kong Chow
Yun-Kin Chow
Hark-On Fung ...
Hsiao Fei
Yi-Sheng Han ...
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Chi Cheng Ho
Chih Wei Ho
Pak-Kwong Ho
Hsiung Kao
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Wing Chun style only because of the dialog
13 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie opens to Fung Hak-On and Lee Hoi-Sang having a conversation on the beach. Experienced viewers will recognize these two as typical bad guys in martial arts movies. The conversation is thankfully short as they have come to fight not talk. Lee loses but Fung lets him have the stolen jewelry. Alan Cha Kwok-Kuen and men try to arrest Lee and succeed with the help of fellow law man Melvin Wong Gam-San. Lee is in prison.

Then the story turns to different characters. A chubby guy called skinny returns to town. He beats up a guy who previously bullied him. The old bully tries to pass off fake gold in Norman's pawn shop. Skinny comes to Norman for a martial arts challenge of the friendly bet version. Norman deliberately loses. Skinny next goes to his monk master for help in a future fight. Though the story now seems to focus on him as lead it is now a comedy but just temporarily. Melvin Wong is the opponent. They decide to exchange students to determine the better teacher. It's back to Lee and Fung though as Lee has escaped from prison.

I found the movie failed to focus on any one lead character and consequently failed to develop any emotional stakes in the fights. Plus it shifted from drama to comedy then back to drama awkwardly. The fights had the common fault of poor timing. Many times the stunt man or actor reacted just a tad too soon and went flying off before the blow actually arrived. Though there was some Wing Chun style in the training sequences when the actual fights started it was just a rumble. I can recommend this movie for fans of the genre but I won't rate it any higher than just average.


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