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Chinatown Kid (1977)

Tang ren jie xiao zi (original title)
R | | Action, Drama | 1978 (USA)
After getting in trouble with local gangs, a young man (Fu Sheng) flees to San Francisco, where the same gangs are still causing problems. He becomes a part of one gang, and eventually ... See full summary »

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Cheh Chang
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheng Fu ... Tan Tung (as Alexander Fu Sheng)
Shirley Yu ... Lena Chen
Susan Yam-Yam Shaw ... Hsin Wa (as Yin Yin Shaw)
Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok ... White Dragon boss Hsiao Pai-lung (as Kuo Chui)
Jenny Tseng ... Yvonne / Lee Wa Fung (as Jenny)
Chien Sun ... Yang Chien-wen
Hung Tsai ... Wan
Ching Ho Wang ... Tung's Grandfather
Lung Wei Wang ... Hsu Hao
Ti Lu ... Mr. Yang
Yung Henry Yu ... Longshoreman Hsiang
Ping Ha ... Mrs. Hsu (as Hsia Ping)
Chih-Ching Yang ... Restaurant Owner Chen
Kuan-Chung Ku ... Cook Hsiao Ting
Nan Chiang ... Laundry Owner Lee
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After getting in trouble with local gangs, a young man (Fu Sheng) flees to San Francisco, where the same gangs are still causing problems. He becomes a part of one gang, and eventually decides to play them against each other in order to clean up the town.

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He was the Leader of the White Dragons...the Toughest Gang on any Turf!

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Action | Drama

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Goofs

Despite the fact that the majority of the film takes place in San Francisco, all cars shown have the steering wheel on the right-hand side and drive on the left-hand side of the road. See more »

Alternate Versions

The English dubbed version and the Mandarin language version are almost two completely different films. The Mandarin cut is about 90 minutes and ends with the hero and the villain being arrested. The English dubbed cut is 115 minutes, features far more fight footage, additional "darker" footage of the hero's more villainous ways, and alternate sequences including the original ending in which the hero dies in the final battle along with the villain. See more »

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Shaw Brothers Mania: The Chinatown Kid
28 May 2004 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

The Chinatown Kid (1977) is another masterpiece from Chang Cheh. Alexander Fu Sheng stars as Tang Dong, a bumpkin who illegally immigrates to Hong Kong (with the aid of his uncle) and works odd jobs whilst dreaming about becoming rich and successful. The film also tells the story of a young Taiwanese man who just did a stint in the military who works hard and aspires to become a success. His chance comes when he's offered a scholarship at U.C. Berkely. Two lives that parallel each other eventually cross paths in San Francisco's Chinatown. This film is somewhat similar to Chang Cheh's other films Boxer From Shan tung and The Delinquent. Both of them have the same theme and they're all equally excellent. Ni Kuang reworks the theme by not only modernizing it but by bringing it to "Chinatown". The future Five Deadly Venoms all have small parts in this movie. The movie is cheesy and preachy at times but it's all done in jest. Alexander Fu Sheng shows that he's a lead actor in this movie and it's sad that his life was cut short several years later. His future wife Jenny Tsang has a small part as his girlfriend (but strangely disappears after a couple of scenes) and Philip Kwok co-stars as Tan Dong benefactor. Overall Chinatown Kid is not as deep or heavy as Chang Cheh''s other films but it's good fun and nicely paced and edited.

Highly recommended.

There are a few things I found strange about this film. One, Chinatown in this movie is very dusty. Two, the car's driver side is on the right hand side.Three, someone forgot to convert Hong Kong Dollars into U.S. Dollars

(i.e. five dollars for a hot dog in 1977?). What's even funnier is the fact the sign outside the hot dog stand says 5.00 USD for "hot dogs" and sold canned beer. (Tan Dong called them "dog sausages"). The biggest laugh was the Orange Julius that sold noodles.


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Country:

Hong Kong

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Release Date:

1978 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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