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Knockabout (1979)

Za jia xiao zi (original title)
The brothers and small time crooks Yipao and Taipao convince a martial arts expert to take them on as students.

Director:

Sammo Kam-Bo Hung (as Ching-Pao Hung)

Writers:

Tin-Chi Lau (screenplay) (as Tin-Chee Lau), Chik-Chin Huang (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ka-Yan Leung ... Taipao (as Chia-Jen Liang)
Chia Yung Liu ... Koo Wu-Tai / The Fox (as Kar-Wing Lau)
Biao Yuen ... Yipao
Kuang Yu Wang ... Matchmaker (as Kuan-Yu Wang)
Hoi Sang Lee ... Painter Danno (as Hoi-Sang Lee)
Karl Maka ... Police Captain (as Kar Mak)
Tin-Chi Lau Tin-Chi Lau ... (as Tin-Chee Lau)
Mars ... The Tiger (as Fu Sing)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Chan ... Casino henchman
Lung Chan ... Broker
Hsi Chang ... Innkeeper
Fat Chung ... Big Eyes
Pak-Kwong Ho ... Casino boss
Kuan-Hsien Huang Kuan-Hsien Huang
Ching-Ying Lam ... Casino henchman
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Storyline

The brothers and small time crooks Yipao and Taipao convince a martial arts expert to take them on as students.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

12 April 1979 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Jade Warriors See more »

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Production Co:

Golden Harvest Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Monkey on your back...
1 November 2006 | by GuardiaSee all my reviews

A Kung Fu/comedy film about two brothers who are trying to get ahead in life using various scams and tricks on the public. This is one of the best films that demonstrate Yuen Biao's amazing acrobatic ability, not to mention his fundamental Kung Fu techniques.

As like many other Sammo Hung films, there is an attempt to blend comedy, Kung Fu action, and drama. Most of the time it works, but there are certain scenes that sort of fall flat due to the utter reliance of on poor slapstick. Ka-Yan Leung's reactions are not as effective as they could of been, and even some of Yuen Biao's are a little hard to take.

But apart from that minor problem, this film is awesome at everything else it attempts. Sammo's appearance is very satisfying and entertaining, as he plays a kind of beggar/master for Yuen Biao's character - the closest he's ever come to playing the notorious So Hai character I would guess. And the fighting increases in interest and technique as the film progresses flawlessly.

Sammo really is/was a true ground-breaking director, and Yuen Biao under his direction is outstanding. This film is somewhere between "Iron-fisted Monk", and "The Young Master", in terms of it's Kung Fu and dramatic content.


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