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Half a Loaf of Kung Fu (1978)

Yi zhao ban shi chuang jiang hu (original title)
R | | Action, Comedy | 1985 (USA)
A young man poses as "the Whip King" and collects the reward for a bandit he has seen killed by a famous bounty hunter. He must now learn Kung Fu if he is to live up to this new persona and conquer the enemies he has inherited.

Director:

Chi-Hwa Chen

Writer:

Ming Chi Tang
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jackie Chan ... Jiang (as Jacky Chan)
Chun-Erh Lung Chun-Erh Lung ... Fong
Jeong-Nam Kim ... Chin Ping Lu (as Jeong-nan Kim)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chih-Ping Chiang Chih-Ping Chiang
Kang Chin ... Thousand-Faces (as Kong Kam)
Kang Ho
Ti Hsieh Ti Hsieh
Hang Hsu Hang Hsu
Yuan Hsu Yuan Hsu
Han Chang Hu
Sae Ok Kim Sae Ok Kim ... Man Wearing Leopard Skin
Chi-Lun Li
Hai Lung Li Hai Lung Li
Min-Lang Li ... Xu Tai Chung (Man Fighting with Whip Hero)
Wen Tai Li ... Beggar
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Storyline

Mostly a Kung-fu showcase; a loose script describes Jackie Chan's character learning Kung-fu from a beggar-master and his pupil while guarding a caravan from bandits. Chan's early comedic beginnings are shown here. Written by <jasona@sco.com>

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Action | Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

Taiwan | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Half a Loaf of Kung Fu See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Runtime:

(video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Jiang: If I'm lying, then I'm a son of a bitch.
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Alternate Versions

UK video version is cut by 3m 7s. In 2002 all previous cuts were waived by the BBFC. See more »

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Spoofs Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) See more »

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Jackie is finally given creative control...
27 May 2002 | by abentenjoSee all my reviews

Jackie is finally given creative control under the constraints of Lo Wei and here's the result: an early key to the new direction which sees Chan clowning about in his own distinct fashion, less Bruce Lee and more Charlie Chaplin, ridiculing the stifling pictures that were forced onto him at the same time as sending up the genre as a whole. Straight from the slapstick titles we know what we're in for; Chan perfecting his underdog happy-go-lucky character that would later make him such a huge star. Yet like all beginnings, HALOKF isn't a polished piece, certainly dragging in places with the Lo Wei influence still clearly evident (namely in the souped-up story concerning the transportation of sacred treasures the Evergreen Jade and the Soul Pill, much in demand by nasty bandits). Lo Wei's reaction was open detest resulting in the picture being shelved, only to be given a successful theatrical release after Chan had finally re-defined the kung fu movie.


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