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Dirty Ho (1976)

Lan tou He (original title)
A prince enlists a thief to serve as his bodyguard to protect him from assassins.

Director:

Chia-Liang Liu

Writer:

Kuang Ni
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yue Wong ... 'Dirty' Ho Jen
Chia-Hui Liu ... Wang Tsun Hsin - 11th prince
Lieh Lo ... General Liang
Lung Wei Wang ... Fan Chin-Kong
Hou Hsiao Hou Hsiao ... Hsia Liu (as Hsiao Ho)
Wilson Tong ... Mr. Chu (as Tang Wei Cheng)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lung Chan ... Bitter Face
Ming-Wai Chan ... (as Ming-Wei Chen)
Szu-Chia Chen
Wing-Hon Cheung ... (as Yung-Han Chang)
Han Chiang
Tien-Chu Chin
Miao Ching
Ming Fung
Bao-Hsing Ho Bao-Hsing Ho
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Storyline

Prince Wang is the 11th prince of Manchuria and an excellent martial artist, but prefers not to draw attention to himself and keeps a low profile, posing as a merchant who deals in wine, antiques and paintings. He has a run-in with Ho Jen, a simple thief who makes a living by stealing and spending loot wherever he can. The Prince takes a liking to the thief and enlists him to be his bodyguard, something Ho takes to very reluctantly at first. But when a conspiracy unfolds and the Prince is targeted for assassination, Ho must undertake a serious training regime to protect his master. Written by Shaw

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Action | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

4 August 1979 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Dirty Ho See more »

Company Credits

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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Quotes

'Dirty' Ho Jen: [looks at the wine merchant assassins Wang dispatched] What happened to them?
Wang Tsun Hsin - 11th prince: They're... uh... drunk.
'Dirty' Ho Jen: Huh? What about you?
Wang Tsun Hsin - 11th prince: Just a bit...
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature Dirty Ho fighting off competing robbers for loot, and Prince Wang engaging in a sparring match. The two run into each other, and the Prince forces Ho to face his own opponents. The credits end with Ho declaring the Prince as his master. See more »

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Liu Chia-Liang masterpiece of fight choreography
22 June 2016 | by ckormos1See all my reviews

I am currently watching every martial arts movie made during the golden age from 1967-1984. Watching in chronological order has given me a better insight into how these movies developed.

I have not been able to establish a definite date for the original theatrical release of "Dirty Ho", other than sometime between 1976 and 1979. Recently HKMDB added 8/4/1979 as the date but I can't confirm that at a second source. Until I am certain of a date I can't say for sure if some of the creative choreography first appeared in this movie. Regardless, the use of props, the "fighting while appearing to be stumbling", fighting by making the opponent look off balance, and using Kara Hui as a weapon, all this creative choreography of fighting without fighting was never or at least rarely seen before.

The title has always raised eyebrows. To clarify in Chinese the literal translation is "rotten head Ho". Ho is the character played by Wong Yu. The "rotten head" occurs during his fight with Kara Hui. He receives a scratch to his forehead during that fight. Initially, though superficial, the wound is very painful so he seeks medical treatment. The medical treatment only makes it worse. This was planned by Gordon Liu all along to lead to the character's metamorphosis.


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