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Magnificent Butcher (1979)

Lin Shi Rong (original title)
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A plump butcher student of Wong Fei Hung, Lam Sai-Wing (Sammo) gets into trouble with a rival kung-fu school known as Five Dragons and is accused of raping the head of that school's ... See full summary »

Director:

Woo-Ping Yuen

Writers:

Edward Tang (as Ching-Sheng Teng), Jing Wong
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Lam Sai-Wing / 'Butcher Wing'
Tak-Hing Kwan Tak-Hing Kwan ... Wong Fei-Hong (Guest star)) (as Te-Hsing Kuan)
Biao Yuen ... Leung Foon (Guest star) (as Biao Yuan)
Pai Wei Pai Wei ... Chik (Guest star)
Mei Sheng Fan ... Beggar King
Fat Chung ... Wildcat (as Fa Chung)
Hoi Sang Lee ... Master Ko (as Hai-Sheng Li)
Hark-On Fung ... Ko Tai-Hoi (as Ke-An Fung)
Qiqi Chen Qiqi Chen ... Lan Hsing (as Jo Jo Chan)
Jing Tang Jing Tang ... Yuet Mei (as Ching Tang)
Kam Cheung ... Lam Sai-Kwong (as Chin Chang)
Ching-Ying Lam ... Killer with Fan (as Cheng-Ying Lin)
Mo Yuen ... Pole Man (as Wu Yuan)
Kuo-Cheng Liu Kuo-Cheng Liu ... Butcher Wan Chi-Cheung
Pak-Kwong Ho ... Blind Man (as Po-Kuang Ho)
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Storyline

A plump butcher student of Wong Fei Hung, Lam Sai-Wing (Sammo) gets into trouble with a rival kung-fu school known as Five Dragons and is accused of raping the head of that school's goddaughter and killing his son. Now Ko, the head of five dragons, wants revenge. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for violent content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

19 December 1979 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Ren zhe wu di See more »

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Golden Harvest Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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After Siu Tin Yuen's death, the script was rewritten. Hoi Sang Lee originally played a comic relief character and a different actor played Sammo Kam-Bo Hung's brother before the rewrite. See more »

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References Popeye the Sailor (1960) See more »

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Popeye the Sailor Man Theme
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The best of the best!!!
16 April 2007 | by CapnDredSee all my reviews

A great film. Sure it's a 70's kung fu film, but this one seems somehow to rise above many of its ilk. It starts quickly and from there, it feels like there's never 10 minutes go by without a cracking fight scene. And that's just the thing - ALL the fight scenes are cracking... even the ones you would expect to be minor throw-away scuffles are awesomely executed, filmed and edited! As a 70s Hong Kong Kung Fu film, it still has some fairly broad humour, but it feels more hit than miss. The pantomime style farcical elements here don't seem as forced or as protracted as in many movies of this type. It has some genuinely moving moments and the plot, although straightforward and formulaic, is also refreshing in that it doesn't deviate too much with irrelevances. Nor does it get too tied up in itself. However, there is enough plot there to keep interest in the brief bits between fights.

And this film IS about the fights. There is some awesome kung fu with just the right mix of reality-grounded martial arts, and odd touches wire-assisted flair. Sammo, as with many of the main players, is clearly at his peak, and with his input, the fights can be pretty brutal at times. They are fast, lengthy, hard, and fast and are just starting to move away from the stilted nature of the 70s films. Yuen Biao gets a great showcase fight too - one that shows his martial arts ability more than his acrobatic prowess. This is a film about the martial arts - there are some impressive acrobatics but they are kind of the run of the mill stuff of these films, rather than the jaw-dropping acrobatics of say Wheels on Meals or Dragons Forever. Sammo pulls out some impressive flips though. As does Beggar So's character.

This is my new favourite 70s kung-fuer... and I found it more enjoyable, even, than... dare I say it... Drunken Master!!! Yes - it's that good!


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