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Painted Faces (1988)

Qi xiao fu (original title)
TV-PG | | Drama | 10 November 1988 (Hong Kong)
The story of Beijing Opera School, its teacher Master Yu and his students.


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Mabel Cheung (as Yuen-Ting Cheung), Alex Law
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Credited cast:
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Master Yu
Ching-Ying Lam ... Wah
Pei-Pei Cheng ... Ching
John Sham ... Stagehand (Guest star)
Wu Ma ... Film Director (Guest star) (as Ma Ng)
Tien-Hsing Li Tien-Hsing Li ... Cheng Lung's mother (Guest star) (as Mary Li)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi-Jing Chan Chi-Jing Chan
Jackie Chan ... Himself
Pui-Yin Chan Pui-Yin Chan
Wen-Lung Chang Wen-Lung Chang ... Cheng Lung, 'Chan' as teenager
Chan-Nin Chow Chan-Nin Chow
Wai-Ming Chu Wai-Ming Chu
Yam-Fai Chu Yam-Fai Chu
Chin-jen Chung Chin-jen Chung ... Samo, 'Big brother' as teenager
Chan-Ban Fung Chan-Ban Fung


This is a story about the Peking Opera School that Jackie Chan, Samo Hung and Yuen Biao (the Lucky Stars) attended as young men. The story is about their teacher Master Yu and his school. Written by Joyce Uyeno <joycemu@earthlink.net>

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Cantonese | English

Release Date:

10 November 1988 (Hong Kong) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Some prints include an epilogue members of the original Peking Opera School in Hong Kong troupe, including Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Jackie Chan, Biao Yuen and Corey Yuen, attending a party for the real Master Yu. See more »


Featured in Jackie Chan: My Story (1998) See more »

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The metaphorical turtle was a stroke of genius!
15 January 2019 | by wesseldj-48581See all my reviews

This is a hidden GEM! Don't know why this movie isn't much more talked about internationally.

The movie gives us a glimpse of the life in a traditional Beijing Opera training school, that Jackie Chan in some interviews always have talked about he grew up in. This particular school and teacher have produced Hongkongs most well acclaimed action superstars and movie directors that have shaped the industry for over a decade.

It's a wonderful time piece and takes us into the 1960ties nostalgic Hongkong which was beautifully put on film. The atmosphere of that time was captured splendidly. You cant get more authentic chinese Hongkong culture than this!

The child actors are endearing and you can feel the brotherhood amongst them and the hardships they had to endure for fame and fortune, aswell as the growing pains of being kids.

Sammo Hung himself as the master teacher did a good job of portraying the sometimes harsh teacher but with his heart in the right place.

That same teacher that learnt to let go of the turtle which represented his students, that lead to the birth of Hongkong most well known action superstars!

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