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Peng you (1974)

A wealthy young playboy flees his repressive family and joins forces with a gang of street toughs who are unaware of his true identity, until he's kidnapped by white slavers who demand a ransom for his safe return.

Director:

Cheh Chang

Writers:

Cheh Chang, Kuang Ni
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Cast

Credited cast:
David Chiang ... Hua Heng
Sheng Fu ... Tu Chia-chi
Lily Li ... Kao Hsin
Hung Wei ... Ma Wei-hung (as Frankie Wei)
Ti Lu ... Tu Tung-tai
Minoru Matsuoka Minoru Matsuoka ... Huang Da-cheng (as Sung Kang Nien)
Kuang Yu Wang ... Yuen Chi
Yung Chieh Lei Yung Chieh Lei ... Lin Szu-pao
Wo-fu Chen Wo-fu Chen ... Chin Ping-ta
Ti Hua Ko ... Bar girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shao-Chia Chen
Ti-Ko Chen
Tien Lung Chen
Chun Chin
Tien-Chu Chin
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A wealthy young playboy flees his repressive family and joins forces with a gang of street toughs who are unaware of his true identity, until he's kidnapped by white slavers who demand a ransom for his safe return.

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Action | Drama

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Truly trapped in the 1970s
13 September 2019 | by ckormos1See all my reviews

The great Chang Cheh made a few movies that focused on Hong Kong youth culture in the early 1970s. At the time, it would seem by the box office receipts, he got it spot on plus entertaining. I watched this movie just to watch it a few years back and did not write a review. I only wrote a line to myself that I completely enjoyed the movie. Today I watched it with a critical eye to write a review. My first thought was is it possible for such a movie to be engaging and entertaining today? I was about the same age as these characters in the movies back then so there was that commonality. What if the viewer had nothing in common?

It opens with David Chiang extravagantly blowing his entire paycheck on his buddies. I can't decide if he comes across as likeable or a jerk. Alexander Fu Sheng is presented as the bored rich kid. Again I can't decide if he is likeable or a jerk.

This quickly becomes the typical buddy film. These movies all have the same problematic story issues. The two buddies need to be opposite in many ways because conflict makes it interesting. Yet something needs to keep them together. This has to be written just right otherwise the audience does not buy into the relationship. Here the common link is martial arts. For 1974 the fights are above average from start to finish.

The movie only works in context of the 1970s. Movie viewers today demand more sophisticated storytelling. I still enjoyed it but I cannot separate myself from being a fan of this era and a fan of the individual stars of this era.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

29 June 1974 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood Brothers See more »

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Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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