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Xiao quan guai zhao (1979)

Shing Lung (Jackie Chan) is a youngster, living in a remote village with his grandfather who teaches him Kung-Fu. He keeps getting into fights, even though his grandfather warns him not to ... See full summary »

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Jackie Chan

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Jackie Chan, Wei Lo
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Credited cast:
Jackie Chan ... Shing Lung (as Jacky Chan)
James Tien ... Grandpa
Dean Shek ... The Coffin Seller (as Shih Tien)
Hui Lou Chen ... The Unicorn
Shi-Kwan Yen Shi-Kwan Yen ... Yen
Kun Li ... The Master
Tien-Chi Cheng ... Willow Sword
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chih-Ping Chiang Chih-Ping Chiang
Shao Hua Chu Shao Hua Chu
Eagle Han
Hsing Nan Ho Hsing Nan Ho
Hong Hsu Hong Hsu
Yuan Hsu Yuan Hsu
Gen-Mei Huang Gen-Mei Huang ... (as Kan-Mei Wong)
Sae Ok Kim Sae Ok Kim
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Shing Lung (Jackie Chan) is a youngster, living in a remote village with his grandfather who teaches him Kung-Fu. He keeps getting into fights, even though his grandfather warns him not to show their Kung-Fu to others. Lung, though, is tempted by some thugs he beat up to act as the Master of a Kung Fu school. This school's name apparently spreads far, as an old enemy of Lung's grandfather shows up and attacks him. Lung goes on training with the help of another member of the old gang, until he can eventually get revenge. Written by Yaron <yaron@starlight.trendline.co.il>

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Comedy | Action

Certificate:

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Country:

Hong Kong | South Korea

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

17 February 1979 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Revenge of the Dragon See more »

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Good Year Movie Company See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie served as the inspiration behind Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball manga. See more »

Quotes

Shing Lung: [balancing a valuable bowl very precariously] Master! Where are you going?
The Master: I'm going to toilet.
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Birth of an artist
27 June 2006 | by winner55See all my reviews

For me, the absolute best of Chan's earliest 'star' period (that is, not counting early bit-parts), and actually better than "Drunken Master".

Before judging this film, one has to ask after Chan's real goals here. He wants to demonstrate that he can write a whole narrative that flows in smooth linear fashion; he wants to learn all he can about camera placement and editing; he wants to pay tribute to the comic masters of the past that he truly admires, especially buster Keaton and Douglas Fairbanks (the original Zorro); yet he also wants to demonstrate that he can act serious scenes, and that he can direct other actors performing serious scenes. In this way, he identifies himself as real creative talent, and not a Sammo Hung clone, not a Yuen woo Ping clone, and anything but a Bruce Lee clone - which means that he is already thinking of his future, non-Asian audiences.

So the question becomes, first: whether or not he accomplishes these tasks.

Well, obviously, I think he has.

consider this: With a lesser actor and director, the transition from the 'silent comedy' tribute scenes in the martial arts school at the beginning, to the revenge driven training sequences later on, would snap the film in two. But here, when Chan's character discovers the murder of his grandfather, he also discovers that he himself, in however small a manner, has been instrumental in leading the murderer to his grandfather. Thus, the hidden issue requiring resolution is not revenge at all, but guilt and expiation. This reconstructs the Chan character as a young man on the quest for redemption, not just revenge. (A theme brilliantly emphasized by the very last image of the movie.) On top of this, Chan has demonstrated articulate command of medium; he has also directed James Tien, who little older than himself, to appear convincingly as his grandfather; and of course, the comedy is hilarious, especially the fight in drag.

Chan fans, as well as fans of silent comedy, and of chop-sock kung-fu, owe it to themselves to see this movie, enjoy it, and remember it.


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