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Scorpion King (1992)

Jie zi zhan shi (original title)
Dreamy young Yu-Shu who draws comics of imaginary martial arts heroes is put to a test when he rescues a young girl from a prostitution racket headed by a local police chief. With his ... See full summary »

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David Lai
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kar Lok Chin ... Yu Shu
Chia-Liang Liu ... Master Lo
Jung Yuen ... Sunny the Scorpion
May Mei-Mei Lo ... Mei
Jean Pol Jean Pol ... Bull
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frankie Chi-Leung Chan ... Jean Pol (as Chi-leung Chan)
Victor Hon Victor Hon ... Wang
Chi-Ming Lau
Shek Yin Lau ... Fatty Hsing
Yuk-Ting Lau ... Lan (as Tiffany Lau Yuk-Ting)
David Lo ... Principal Chen (as David Lo Dai-Wai)
Han Chen Wang ... Uncle Jung
Fung Woo ... Uncle Chai
Wing Tat Wu Wing Tat Wu
Shun-Yee Yuen Shun-Yee Yuen ... Inspector Hua
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Storyline

Dreamy young Yu-Shu who draws comics of imaginary martial arts heroes is put to a test when he rescues a young girl from a prostitution racket headed by a local police chief. With his comics and a real Kung-Fu master to inspire him, Yu Shu calls on some new powers. Written by Towne 3, San Jose, Ca

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Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

10 September 1992 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation Scorpio See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

'Yuen Jung' does not use his hands at all during fighting, only his legs. See more »

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Spoofed in No Problem 2 (2002) See more »

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Superbly entertaining kung fu blow-out
1 May 2005 | by sarastro7See all my reviews

Hong Kong, the 1920s. A young man from poor beginnings dreams of being a hero, and spends most of his time training and learning about kung fu and bodybuilding, much against his father's will. He helps a servant girl escape from a ruthless businessman, whose goons then come after them, and terrorizes the young man's uncle's noodle restaurant. The uncle turns out to be an old, reformed Triad assassin, who now helps the young guy become proficient in martial arts. It's all-out Karate Kid style with "wash the wok" instead of "wax on, wax off". The kung fu villain is the ruthless businessman's son, who has a trademark scorpion style that looks cool although it is quite silly and surely completely unrealistic.

But the story, which develops over time, has an epic feel, good characterization, great kung fu and is generally very entertaining. The young hero is very sympathetic and provides a good protagonist to root for. The romance dimension remains undeveloped, though, which is a bit disappointing. Otherwise a great movie.

My rating: 8 out of 10.


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