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The Dragon, the Hero (1979)
"Za jia gao shou" (original title)

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Cast overview:
Yen Tsan Tang ...
(as Tino Wong)
John Liu
Dragon Lee
Phillip Ko
Lau Chan
Alexander Grand
Kam Chiang
Bolo Yeung


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The Dragon, The Hero Surprises!
25 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Absolute madness, crazy dubbing and typical 70's plot nonsense are brought to you under the watchful eye of doctor Frankenstein himself, director Godfrey Ho.

I've always enjoyed a good Ho cut-n-paste, but The Dragon, The Hero seems to be one of his more accomplished works to date. Fight filled, with some fantastic choreography, and a great cast with superstars John Liu, Dragon Lee, Philip Ko, Tino Wong and more, there is plenty going on to keep you watching even though it does get typically lost along the way. With most of the characters portrayed in a cartoon-like way, hilariously dubbed one liners, and over the top training scenes, you never really get bored with this one, but you also may never need to see it again after you do!

In a nutshell - The Dragon, The Hero is almost a classic, with its great cast and top notch choreography, it is worthy of a watch for kung fu fans or that of its stars, alike.

In my opinion - Opening with the classic red screen training sequence, highlighting the amazing Philip Ko as the master with his students John Liu and Tino Wong, we soon jump into the feature to have Ko as a bad ass, style stealing, right hand man for the crazed wheelchair bad guy, John Liu as a wandering bad ass fighter, and Tino Wong as a friend of Dragon Lee's who isn't quite as skilled as the opening suggested.

As the movie progresses however, complete with crazed flashbacks and madcap comedy scenes, we learn that not all is what it seems! We also learn that this is actually a Tino Wong, John Liu and Philip Ko movie, as Dragon Lee pretty much has a guest starring role if not an extended cameo...

All madness aside, there is some very worthy scenes of action and kung fu to be had here. It would be even nicer to see it all in the wide screen it was shot in as sometimes, I feel we are missing some great shots as well as moves. The last 30 minutes is one huge fight scene that doesn't fail to please, complete with milk vomit on attack, and typical abrupt ending!

The Dragon, The Hero is pretty damn good...

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