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Hapkido (1972)

He qi dao (original title)
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Korea, 1934. During the Japanese occupation, there is open warfare between rival martial arts schools. There is a fight in the marketplace, and three Chinese students can't stand the unfair... See full summary »

Director:

Feng Huang

Writer:

Yan Ho (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Angela Mao ... Kao Yu Ying (as Mao Ying)
Carter Wong ... Kao Chang (as Carter Huang)
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Fan Wei (as Hung Chin Pao)
Han Jae Ji Han Jae Ji ... Teacher Shih Kung-chan
Ying Bai ... Chou Ba-tien (as Pai Ying)
Nancy Sit Nancy Sit ... Hsiao Hsiu (as Nancy Siu)
Ing-Sik Whang Ing-Sik Whang ... Elder classmate (as Whang In Sik)
Goro Kumon Goro Kumon ... Toyoda Yaguma
Ping Ou Wei ... Chang Pu-tse (as Wei Ping Ao)
Lan Sun ... Sung Chung
Ti Chin ... Hsiao Lao-fu
Wei Yang ... Traitor
Siu-Lung Leung ... Hu Chia
Ka Ting Lee ... Chief disciple
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tsun Liu Tsun Liu
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Korea, 1934. During the Japanese occupation, there is open warfare between rival martial arts schools. There is a fight in the marketplace, and three Chinese students can't stand the unfair way of students that side up with the invasors, when they gang assault one of the fighting men. Between the three, they send the aggressors away. Retaliation is heavy: their school is destroyed, and they are banished. They return to China, and start their own school, and set out on good-will visits to the other martial arts schools, only to find that everybody in their neighbourhood is already dominated by the Japanese. They have many kung fu fights to win, before they eventually manage to establish peace. Written by Artemis-9

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Here Comes the Unbreakable China Doll Who Gives You the Licking of Your Life! See more »

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Action | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong | South Korea

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

1 October 1972 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Kung Fu See more »

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Production Co:

Golden Harvest Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

An early appearance of the Three Brothers, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Jackie Chan, and Biao Yuen, who became the biggest stars of Hong Kong action cinema. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film suffered extensive BBFC cuts for its UK cinema release in 1973 with heavy edits to all fight scenes and the removal of head and groin kicks, neck breaks, shots of meat cleavers, and slow motion kicks and blows. The Contender DVD is fully uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Reflections on 'The Little Dragon' (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Eruption
(Opening theme, Pt.1)
by Emerson Lake and Palmer
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Fantastic: why kung fu films are made
9 February 2004 | by InzyWimzySee all my reviews

Man, this one had me hooked from start to finish. The characters really shine through here make you really want to root for the good guys. This film shows a lot of formidable throw techniques; very effective against multiple attackers. Feng (Sammo) is the brash, arrogant fighter and is played well by the Fat Dragon (WARNING: Shirtless Sammo sighting!!) Carter Wong is okay and thankfully isn't featured that much. OW, that arm!

Finally there's Angela. Her character is really interesting because she's a pacifist torn between her belief in non-aggression and righting her enemy's wrongdoings. Can she compromise and how will she resolve the conflict? Don't get me wrong; there is a story to this, but Ms. Mao is the epitome of Hopkido here. She displays her fighting skills in several scenes and I can't get enough of her flipping guys like rag dolls. Even dubbed, she acts really well especially with her facial expressions. Angela's the main star here and proves it beyond a doubt.


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