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Yi zhao ban shi chuang jiang hu (1978)

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.

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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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Genres:

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 »

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

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References The Pajama Game (1957) See more »

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Half a loaf of greatness
15 April 2014 | by bbickley13-921-58664See all my reviews

I feel like I should have seen this movie already but I don't remember it. As a kid, I was a huge kung fu fan and the center of the fandom was the great Jackie Chan.

Though this movie does not showcase the acrobatic stunts that would be a trademark of the superstar, this early rendition of his leading man stasis does showcase his comedy and playfulness.

The movie is a stereotypical movie in the kung fu genre of the 1970's. Jackie plays a con man pretending to know kung fu who comes across a master who teaches him the real deal. Adding to the generic plot is Jackie's wiliness to help find a treasure before evil bandits get their hands on it using his newly required skills in kung fu in a standard all-out battle that happens before the common abrupt ending.

There is a few moments where Jackie Chan shows off his acrobatic skills that made him so much different than the other kung fu stars of the time, but it was the little moments in when Jackie showed comedy that really stood out in this particular feature, which would lead up to what was coming.

Otherwise if you have seen Jackie Chan in his prime this movie may come as a bit of a letdown.


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