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Shaolin Tough Kid (1979)

Hong yi la ma (original title)
Also known as Shaolin Red Master.


Ting Mei Sung


Chu Huang Chen (screenplay)




Credited cast:
Kuan-Chun Chi ... Su (as Chi Kuan Chun)
Chin Hu
Ming Chin ... Tso Ting Hsin / Red Lama (as Gam Ming)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chung-Hsing Chao
Jun Chen Jun Chen
Fei-Fei Chin Fei-Fei Chin ... (as Fei-fei Tai)
Kuo Chung Ching
Hsing-Nan Ho Hsing-Nan Ho
Han Hsieh ... (Guest star)
Chen-Peng Kao
Hsiao-Pao Ko
Phillip Ko ... (Guest star) (as Kao Fei)
Fa-Yuan Li
Yun-Pao Lu Yun-Pao Lu
Fei Lung ... (Guest star)


Left at the Shaolin Temple after the murder of his parents, the kid learns well the fighting skills of the monks. At the peak of his study, he learns about the circumstances of his parents death and goes to seek the identity of the killer. Along the way he becomes involved with a felon recently released from prison who is trying to get money owed him for ancient ginseng, and in a search for a jade Buddha. Written by Karen Siddall

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It's all about the ginseng and not much else
12 October 2016 | by ckormos1See all my reviews

The movie opens with the narrator explaining about lamas and the significance of color and the comparison to Shaolin. Though in the title, it has nothing to do with the story. Chi Kuan-Chun does a demonstration fight then an old monk explains the whole back story. Lung Fei is released from prison and Chi Kuan-Chun saves him from three monks trying to kill him. Lung Fei goes to a tea house to find a man who owes him big money but the man is dead and Woo Gam is in mourning. Once again Chi Kuan-Chun is there, this time to help Woo Gam.

If you are a fan of Got Siu-Bo he plays the pickpocket waiter and gets to do a love scene. I like Got Siu-Bo but I had to fast forward through the love scene.

The story drags and there are scenes that have nothing to do with advancing the story. The exposition even gets repetitious. This movie is really suitable only for hard core fans of the genre and even then it is the sort of movie a hard core fan would only watch once and then forget.

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Taiwan | Hong Kong


Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

29 November 1979 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Master of Violence See more »

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2.35 : 1
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