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Ban ye xiao zi (1980)

A petty thief who knows just enough kung fu to fight back when attacked, but not enough to do much damage. Soon, he undergoes training under the tutelage of a derelict posing as a ghost, ... See full summary »

Director:

Wilson Tong
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yue Wong ... Fu Yua
Cecilia Wong
Norman Chu
Wilson Tong
Tiet Wo Chu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kang-Yeh Cheng
Tao Chiang
Ging Man Fung
Ho Chiu Kei Ho Chiu Kei
King Chu Lee
Hsin Shen Hsin Shen
Chin Tang Tang
Chieh-Chiang Wu Chieh-Chiang Wu
Hsi-Chun Yang Hsi-Chun Yang
Hua Yang Hua Yang
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A petty thief who knows just enough kung fu to fight back when attacked, but not enough to do much damage. Soon, he undergoes training under the tutelage of a derelict posing as a ghost, who seeks to have him carry out his mission of revenge.

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

1980 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Baan yau siu ji See more »

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Fai Tan Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Doesn't offer much for the kung fu fan
18 July 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

Despite the odd element of interest, THE YOUNG AVENGER is a generally disappointing kung fu movie with a slapdash feel. The film stars Wong Yue as a rather idiotic character who lives on the outskirts of the law. One day he encounters a vengeful spirit (!) who proceeds to train him in the ways of the martial arts so that he might be revenged upon the trio of thugs who killed him.

So far so interesting, as I always welcome supernatural elements in a movie. Sadly, a later twist in the narrative negates this interest, which leaves THE YOUNG AVENGER a merely bog-standard kung fu outing. It was directed by kung fu star Wilson Tong, who also appears as the chief villain; let's just say his high kicking is better than his technical expertise behind the camera. Yue's buffoonish hero is hard to take seriously, let alone like, and a lack of decent action rounds off a disappointing film overall.


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