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The Boxer from Shantung (1972)

Ma Yong Zhen (original title)
Leaving the poverty of his life in Shantung to seek fortune in Shanghai, The Boxer is instead drawn into a world of corruption, gang warfare and evil... Where his only protection is his famed fighting technique.

Directors:

Cheh Chang (as Chang Cheh), Hsueh Li Pao

Writers:

Cheh Chang, Kuang Ni
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kuan Tai Chen ... Ma Yung Chen (introducing)
Li Ching ... Chin Ling-tzu
David Chiang ... Tan Sze (guest star)
Mario Milano Mario Milano ... Russian Boxer (as Ma Lan Nu)
Ching Tien ... Li Tsai-chun - Champion 3 (guest star)
Feng Ku ... Chang Chin-fa - Champion 2
Nan Chiang ... Yang Shuang
Yi Feng ... Fan A-ken - Champion 1
Kang-Yeh Cheng ... Hsiao Chiang-pei
Ching Wang ... Lu Pu - Champion 4
Hao Chen ... Mr. Chin
Shang-Yun Liang Shang-Yun Liang
Yen-Tsan Tang Yen-Tsan Tang
Lao Shen ... Innkeeper
Wen-Tai Li
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Storyline

Ma Yung Cheng leaves Shantung, trying to find better fortune in Shanghai, trusting his youth and physical valour. He meets friendship with Hsiai Chiang Pei, and love (CHING LI), and fate has him meet, and find employment with a local gangster. He defeats an undefeatable Foreign Champion, then three champions at once, only to fall into a trap set up by gangster arch-rival Yang Shuang... Written by Artemis-9

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Taglines:

He killed to survive...and kill again!

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Similar to when Bruce Lee starred in The Big Boss (1971), star Kuan Tai Chen was a Cantonese speaker, but this film was a Mandarin production. However, unlike Lee, who spoke Cantonese during shooting and was dubbed in Mandarin later on, Chen actually learned how to say his lines in Mandarin, even though he wasn't completely sure what they meant. Ironically, Pei-Shan Chang was the Mandarin voice actor for both Lee and Chen. See more »

Goofs

When the boss is dropped off to fight, overhead power lines are visible behind the driver. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Chin: Lingzi, you have a lady's temper, but a maid's destiny.
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Alternate Versions

U.S. release is heavily edited, missing at least thirty minutes of storyline and excessive violence. The final showdown at the tea house is extremely edited in the U.S. release due to it's violent content. See more »

Connections

Followed by Kung Fu Mama (1973) See more »

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Rags to riches... but is it all that it's made out to be??
25 December 2007 | by sidyaqubSee all my reviews

This 1970's Shaw Brothers studio epic from legendary director Chang Cheh still seems to be as increasingly watchable to this day.

Chen Kuan Tai stars as Ma Yong Zhen, a street urchin in 1930's Shanghai who gets by washing carriages for the upper-class. But he desires more, he wants to have his own power, wealth and status in the city of Shanghai. After a couple of errands with the Four Dragon's gang, Ma gets the recognition he yearns for and is seen as a saviour to the poor and begins his parade by taking over districts in Shanghai. Soon the power and status he has craved for begins to crumble the inner-happiness he has longed for.

The film has proved to be very influential to this day, as John Woo was assistant director and the Four Dragon's gang was also used in Stephen Chow's 'Kung Fu Hustle' (but known as the Axe Gang), the finale of Ryo Seung Wan's 'City of Violence' also bears resemblance to the finale of 'Ma Yong Zhen'. Chen proves to be a worthy lead as his appearance and performance comes as very empathetic and proves quite adequately in fight sequences. Chang Cheh regular David Chiang plays a small role but sadly shows very little martial arts skills. The fights are somewhat average, if not very bloody but the story line, the central performances, the cinematography and the music score make this film stand out as an evergreen classic. What drew me into this film was it's cool and slick opening sequence (kind of like Chang Cheh's 'Vengeance') it creates the atmosphere of mystery, danger, rage and excitement.

All I can say is if you can see a worthy version of this movie (sadly there's no DVD released in the UK yet) go and see it. But I'm sure other DVD distributors in other countries have released the full uncut version of this classic.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

11 February 1972 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Killer from Shantung See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut) | (Amazon Video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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