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The Challenger (1979)

Ti guan (original title)
The mysterious fighter Kam Ching Hung turns up at several martial arts schools and challenges leaders to duels, apparently with no discernible motive.


Eric Tsang


Kuang Ni




Credited cast:
David Chiang ... Yu Kit
Norman Chu ... Chin Chan-Hung (as Siu Keung Tsui)
Lily Li ... Wei Ching-Fung
Phillip Ko ... Master Pao Shen Chang (as Phillip Ko Fei)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kwok-Kuen Chan ... Master Ho Ti-Mau (as Alan Chan Kwok-Kuen)
Lung Chan ... Cowardly master (as Peter Chan Lung)
Chi-Ping Chang ... (as Cheung Chi-Ping)
Shao-Chia Chen
Ti-Ko Chen ... Casino fighter (as Chan Dick Hak)
Ka-Sang Cheng ... Master Mao's student
Yi-Hsiung Chi
Chin-Chiang Chou Chin-Chiang Chou
Kang Chu ... Casino fighter (as Chu Kong)
Alan Chung San Chui ... Spear fighter
Bao-Hsing Ho Bao-Hsing Ho


The mysterious fighter Kam Ching Hung turns up at several martial arts schools and challenges leaders to duels, apparently with no discernible motive.

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Action | Comedy




Hong Kong



Release Date:

25 October 1979 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadly Challenger See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Eric Tsang's directorial debut. See more »

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Above average martial arts comedy from the golden age of martial arts movies
25 July 2016 | by ckormos1See all my reviews

The new kung fu school opens and welcomes all challengers as the candle burns. Unfortunately, Norman Chhu arrives for a challenge. He easily defeats the students and the teacher. He announces he is just looking for one man so he can prove he is the best fighter.

Next we cut to the casino where David Chiang loses the game but wins the fight. Then he goes to the kung fu school that is now closing and learns about Norman. He encounters Norman at the bank and notices his wealth. They fight briefly at the casino to a respectful draw. Lily is a hooker at the casino and is romantically involved with a former bandit chief. She offers David money to kill Norman.

My copy is widescreen and of good enough resolution for a modern high definition television. It is English dubbed but there are a few times the dubbing drops. The end fight is top notch. David Chiang does most of his moves except the acrobatics. Though not a martial artist at the start of his acting career he has had many years to practice and is as good as the real deal now, except for the acrobatics. Near the end there was a move of his I watched over and over. He does a forward flip. This is a very simple move for the average stunt man but something most difficult for anyone else. There are three cuts in the film sequence but it is definitely him in every cut.

Overall this martial arts comedy rates as above average for the year and genre and I recommend it for all fans.

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