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Odd Couple (1979)

Bo ming chan dao duo ming qiang (original title)
The titular 'Odd Couple' are Sammo (King of Sabres) and Lau Kar Wing (King of Spears). They compete regularly against each other but every encounter results in a draw! Both decide to ... See full summary »

Director:

Chia Yung Liu (as Kar-Wing Lau)

Writers:

Raymond C. Lai (as Raymond Lai), Raymond Bak-Ming Wong (as Bak-Ming Wong)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... King of the Sword / Yao, The King of the Spear's Pupil
Ka-Yan Leung ... Laughing Bandit / Scarface (as Kar Yan Leung)
Chia Yung Liu ... King of the Spear / King of the Sword's Pupil (as Kar-Wing Lau)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lung Chan ... Chuang / Pak Chow
Fat Chung ... Ti
Ha Huang ... Single Sabre Wu Li
Ching-Ying Lam ... Hsia / Ha
Hoi Sang Lee ... Bald Thug with Knives
Yen-Yun Lieh Yen-Yun Lieh
Tsun Liu Tsun Liu
Karl Maka ... Challenger
Mars ... Potato
Dean Shek ... Mr. Rocking
San Tai San Tai ... Mr. Rocking's assistant
Hsiu Wen Hsiu Wen
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Storyline

The titular 'Odd Couple' are Sammo (King of Sabres) and Lau Kar Wing (King of Spears). They compete regularly against each other but every encounter results in a draw! Both decide to recruit young pupils and train them up. The late entry of the real villain, the smoldering Laughing Bandit who sports a big scar, has an even bigger grudge against the Kings of Sabres and Spear.

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Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

9 August 1979 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Odd Couple See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gar Bo Films Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Top old-school martial arts fare
11 March 2007 | by Matti-ManSee all my reviews

I'm amazed this film isn't better known among kung-fu fans. I didn't get to see this film until recently, despite being a fan of Hong Kong fight films since 1972 (when KING BOXER (aka FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH in the US) was released in the UK - a movie that pre-dated the Bruce Lee craze by a couple of months.

As the 1970s wore on, I kept up with the kung-fu films, even after the first wave of "fans" moved onto the next craze. I saw DRUNKEN MASTER when it came out and thought Jackie Chan was great - and I even liked his fat pal Sammo. And while I also caught up with early Sammo classics like WARRIORS TWO and THE VICTIM, somehow Bo ming chan dao duo ming chuang managed to pass me by. And that's a real shame ...

Flash forward twenty-odd years and I'm helping out as technical consultant on the UK partwork mag "Hong Kong Legends" and I'm asked to analyse the action sequences for an old-school film called ODD COUPLE. I figure anything with Sammo in it has to be at least worth a look, but I wasn't prepared for the overall excellence of the martial arts skills on show here. The combination of Sammo and Leung Kar Yan is nothing short of electric and some of the kung-fu techniques they display are jaw-dropping. Especially worthy of note is the sequence where the Old Sammo and old Kar Yan are duelling and Sammo is one moment disarmed by Kar Yan's pole and the next has neatly recovered his sabre and carries on fighting. Bravo!

If you appreciate solid martial arts skills, you could do a lot worse than check out ODD COUPLE.


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