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 »


Feng Huang


Yan Ho (screenplay)
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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 ... 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


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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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 »


Featured in Top Fighter 2 (1996) See more »


(Opening theme, Pt.1)
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Blink and you'll miss Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao, but Lam Ching-Ying is featured nicely
18 August 2017 | by PKazeeSee all my reviews

Jackie can be seen briefly in at least two scenes. I first noticed him near the end of the film in the scene where Angela visits the Japanese school and is prevented from leaving. Jackie, dressed in black, stands in the doorway and gets flipped to the floor by Angela. In another scene, he's also standing on the left side of a doorway, but he's wearing white.

I THINK I also saw Yuen Biao (in white) a couple of times, but unfortunately, I can't tell you where to look for him.

What surprised me was how prominently featured Lam Ching-Ying is in this movie. He's all over the fight scene that takes place in the street market, ultimately taking punches from Sammo Hung, who probably has more screen time than anyone else in the film.. certainly screen time spent fighting.

Finally, I was surprised to discover that the attractive young woman who gets ogled and nearly groped near the start is none other than Nancy Sit!

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Release Date:

1 October 1972 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Lady Kung Fu See more »

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Golden Harvest Company See more »
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2.35 : 1
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