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Zhang men ren (1983)

The pre-eminent martial arts moviemaker Liu Chia-liang came up with the novel idea for this exciting and hilarious kung-fu clash between an old-fashioned kung-fu master and a hip and beautiful marketing wiz.

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Chia-Liang Liu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chia-Liang Liu ... Wang Hsia Yuan
Kara Wai ... Chen Mei Ling (as Kara Hui)
Hou Hsiao Hou Hsiao
Chia-Hui Liu ... Ah Man
Yue Wong
Chan-Peng Chang
Te-Lo Mai ... (as Robert Mak)
Lung Wei Wang
Feng Ku ... School administrator
Tien Hsiang Lung ... Tang Hsiang
Chien Sun ... Chang
Hui Huang Lin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kwok Keung Chan Kwok Keung Chan ... (as Kuo-Chiang Chen)
Leung Chan Leung Chan
Kuo Hua Chang
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The pre-eminent martial arts moviemaker Liu Chia-liang came up with the novel idea for this exciting and hilarious kung-fu clash between an old-fashioned kung-fu master and a hip and beautiful marketing wiz.

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

31 March 1983 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Jeung moon yan See more »

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Shaw Brothers See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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A generous dose of kung fu action and cross-generational comedy
9 August 2008 | by gridoon2019See all my reviews

"The Lady Is The Boss" is kind of a transitional film between the old-school and the contemporary kung fu flicks. The basic theme is tradition, represented by the strict, discipline-demanding martial arts teacher Liu Chia Liang, versus change, represented by the American-raised, headstrong new boss of the school Kara Hui. To the film's credit, neither side is portrayed as entirely good or entirely bad; they both have their pluses and minuses. Like it often happens in this genre, the script is weak and can barely even fill the 90-minute running time. But the comedy is sometimes amusing and the action is often creative (disco dancing, bicycles, photo camera flashes, weights, etc. are used as fighting weapons; they may not all be so practical, but they've rarely - if ever - been used on the screen before). Kara Hui proves once again that she is one of the very best female action stars, and also looks pretty sexy. Everyone in the cast does his or her job well, but that guy who performs the "mad monkey" style at the end (Hsiao Hou, I think) is utterly spectacular! A mostly satisfying film. (**1/2)


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