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Return of the Chinese Boxer (1977)

Shen quan da zhan kuai qiang shou (original title)
In wake of the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895), a group of Japanese warlords calculate that the best way to prepare an invasion of the rest of China from their southern Manchuria ... See full summary »


Jimmy Wang Yu (as Jimmy Wong Yu)


Lung Ku (as Ko Lung)




Credited cast:
Jimmy Wang Yu ... Sau Pai-lung (as Jimmy Wong Yu)
Fei Lung ... Black Crane
Emily Y. Chang ... (as Cheung Ying Chen)
Kang Chin ... Yin Feng
Chi-Min Chin Chi-Min Chin ... (as Ching Chih Min)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pao-Shan Chang
Yi-Kuei Chang
Chin-Hai Chen Chin-Hai Chen
Tien-Chi Cheng
Hou-Chiang Chi Hou-Chiang Chi
Wan-Hsi Chin
Kuo Chung Ching
Alan Chung San Chui ... (as Chui Chung Hei)
Po-Wei Hou Po-Wei Hou
Han Hsieh


In wake of the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895), a group of Japanese warlords calculate that the best way to prepare an invasion of the rest of China from their southern Manchuria staging ground. They form an alliance with General Tao, a major power broker in the kingdom, prompting other Chinese generals to rally against him. The chief asset among these patriots is martial arts master named "Rapid Fist" Sau Pai-lung who subsequently thwarts every assassination attempt and other acts of subversion committed by the Japanese forces. Unable to vanquish Sau with battalions of riflemen and ninjas, the invaders enlist the services of several notorious killers, including pole-fighting monk Yin Feng and ruthless gunslinger Black Crane. They attack Sau with an array of exotic weaponry including a double-barrel shotgun that resembles an over-sized fan. At one point, when the Japanese find their backs against the wall, they use magic to bring back three men from the dead, transforming them ... Written by Neva Friedenn

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Must-see for Jimmy Wang Yu Fans
29 February 2000 | by razulaSee all my reviews

While the world was transfixed with Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and their countless clones, "Jimmy" Wang Yu was creating several minor masterpieces that have been overlooked by many fans, but still remain as an enormous influence upon today's martial arts films. Along with Jimmy's now classic "One Armed Boxer" series is another under-rated Shaw Brothers epic, "The Return of the Chinese Boxer."

Jimmy has a style all his own. He is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a clone of Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan (Indeed, he was a star before either of these actors were well-known). Jimmy excelled in playing a kung-fun Everyman of sorts -humble, resourceful, and wearing a bemused smirk that acknowledged the ludicrous situations that he found himself in. He has been described as "the Cary Grant of Kung Fu," and for good reason.

In "Return of the Chinese Boxer," Wang Yu is a one-man wrecking crew who finds himself the only man up to the task of stopping the Japanese invasion of Qing China. His enemies are formidable - batallions of riflemen, ninjas, and other assorted assassins who all want to kill the Chinese Boxer. Jimmy's enemies are hilarious, colorful, and well-armed...a signature of Wang Yu's films. The Chinese Boxer has to deal with a host of exotic weaponry, including a dozen-barrel shotgun! Of course, Jimmy is able to outfight and outwit them all.

The ending scene is similar in nature to Wang Yu's other masterpiece of 1975, "Master of the Flying Guillotine." Like "MFG," Jimmy the Hero uses his wits as well as his fists to overcome his enemies. The last scene is superbly shot and you can sense Jimmy the Director laughing his head off as this scene was shot.

If you're an Old School Fu fan, then "Return of the Chinese Boxer" is a must-see. Enjoy!

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Taiwan | Hong Kong



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12 November 1977 (Hong Kong) See more »

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The Swift Shaolin Boxer See more »

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