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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 »

Director:

Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
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1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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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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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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Quotes

[subtitled dialogue, different to dubbed]
Leung Yee Tai: You scared?
Wong Wah Bo: Scared of your teeth!
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Kung Fu at its best
2 October 2001 | by EchoLeaderSee all my reviews

This movie is what every old school kung fu should be about. The action is unpassable. With Yuen Biao, Lam Ching Ying and Sammo Hung in excellent form.

Also the acting is top class, Sammo and Lam Ching work perfectly as feuding brothers and Yuen Biao is convincing in his role as the prodigal son.

The movie is well balanced between humour and drama. Sammo is at his funniest when impressing his daughter (and the audience) with his calligraphy skills, Sammo at his best!

Unlike most Kung Fu movies the story in this one makes some sense and is seamless, there are parrallels between each person and is balanced perfectly between action and moving the story on.

The musical score is also top class, Frankie Chan does a wonderful job, the final fight music is perfectly suited.

A must for any Action fan.


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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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Mono

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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