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The Prodigal Son (1981)

Bai ga jai (original title)
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A rich man's son (Yuen Biao) believes himself to be the best kung fu fighter in Canton. Unfortunately, his father, anxious for his son's safety, bribes all his opponents to lose. After a ... See full summary »

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Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
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Cast

Credited cast:
Biao Yuen ... Leung Chang
Ching-Ying Lam ... Leung Yee-tai
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Wong Wah-bo
Frankie Chan ... Ngai Fei
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lung Chan ... Yee Tong-choi
Yau Hau Chan ... Chang's father
Ching Po Chang ... Opera troupe manager
Hsi Chang ... Doctor
Wellson Chin ... Master Mun
Yuet Sang Chin ... Chang's Kungfu teacher
Fat Chung ... Mr Law
Kwok Wing Ha Kwok Wing Ha ... (as Kuo-Yung Hsia)
Wai-Hon Ho Wai-Hon Ho ... Twiggy
Shou-Chieh Lai Shou-Chieh Lai ... (as Sau-Kit Lai)
Hoi Sang Lee ... Chang's Kungfu teacher
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Storyline

A rich man's son (Yuen Biao) believes himself to be the best kung fu fighter in Canton. Unfortunately, his father, anxious for his son's safety, bribes all his opponents to lose. After a humiliating defeat at the hands of an actor in a traveling theatre company, the son resolves to find a better teacher. Furious kung fu battles and slapstick comedy. Written by Richard Hills <R.Hills@wlv.ac.uk>

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Action | Comedy

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Rated R for martial arts violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

22 December 1981 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Pull No Punches See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Leung Yee Tai: Are you Scared?
Wong Wah Bo: Scared of you?
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One of my top 20 movies
11 October 1999 | by lucy-19See all my reviews

Just a great movie. Never mind the slapstick beginning, when Lam Ching Ying appears as a cross-dressing Chinese opera star, it takes off. (He trained as a Chinese opera singer and used to act as a stunt double for female film stars.) The English dubbing adds rather than detracts, giving him a snide, camp voice. So sad he died young of cancer.


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