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Shaolin Tough Kid (1979)

Hong yi la ma (original title)
Also known as Shaolin Red Master.




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Credited cast:
Kuan-Chun Chi ...
Su (as Chi Kuan Chun)
Chin Hu
Ming Chin ...
Tso Ting Hsin / Red Lama (as Gam Ming)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chung-Hsing Chao
Jun Chen
Kuo Chung Ching
Hsing Nan Ho
Han Hsieh ...
(Guest star)
Chen-Peng Kao ...
(as Cheng-Peng Kao)
Hsiao Pao Ko
Phillip Ko ...
(Guest star) (as Kao Fei)
Fa Yuan Li
Yun-Pao Lu
Fei Lung ...
(Guest star)
Fong Lung ...
Red Lama's side man


Left at the Shaolin Temple after the murder of his parents, the kid learns well the fighting skills of the monks. At the peak of his study, he learns about the circumstances of his parents death and goes to seek the identity of the killer. Along the way he becomes involved with a felon recently released from prison who is trying to get money owed him for ancient ginseng, and in a search for a jade Buddha. Written by Karen Siddall

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Action | Drama







Release Date:

29 November 1979 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Hung yee la ma  »

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2.35 : 1
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Confusingly plotted martial arts film lacks the necessary action
21 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

SHAOLIN RED MASTER is a confusingly-plotted kung fu movie that suffers from a typically poor presentation, at least in the western version. The story is convoluted and features numerous sub-plots that never seem to gel or particularly work together. As a case in point, there's an opening sequence which looks at Buddhism and features Phillip Ko as a kung fu fighting monk, but this has nothing to do with the rest of the movie and Ko soon disappears, never to be seen again.

Following this, the plot involves an abandoned child, the hunt for a stolen consignment of ginseng, and a jade Buddha statue. Confused yet? You will be, trying to make head nor tail of the senseless plotting in this film, and to compound the issue the fight scenes aren't even that great, coming across as poorly choreographed and quite repetitive.

The characters are probably the best thing in this film, as they're all quite well drawn and I liked the way each has his or her hidden motivation. There's also an overweight couple who are used to supply comic relief, which is occasionally in quite bad taste. Martial arts expert Chi Kuan-Chun is rarely given a chance to shine in a film that doesn't really have any stand-out fight action, although the final bout with Chang Yi isn't too shabby.

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