Prodigal Son, The (1981)
Biao Yuen, Ching-Ying Lam, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
The son of a wealthy man (Yuen Biao) believes himself to be the best martial arts fighter in Canton. Worried for his son's safety, his father bribes his opponents to lose.
After a humiliating defeat the son decides that it is time to find himself a new teacher.
Martial Arts Styles Used
Staff, Chinese Broadsword
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With a perfect balance of humour, fun and Kung Fu, The Prodigal Son is a great film that as well as having great Kung Fu scenes, it also has a good storyline and is good fun from start to finish.
The cast (Biao Yuen and Chung-Ying Lam in particular) are in fine form. Biao Yuen shines as "The Street Brawler", and Chung-Ying Lam is as good as ever. Chung-Ying Lam was a legend of 70's and 80's martial art films, and in this film he puts on one of his best ever performances.
Author: The Bear Martial Arts Team
Predominantly Wing Chun but some fantastic dragon style on show as well.
This film is one of if not the greatest classical kung fu films. When Jean Claude van Damme travelled to hong kong looking to make an old skool martial arts film this is the film the director of Golden Harvest studios presented him with. The fight scenes are incredible, more than one has shots that include up to 30 strikes and counters between cuts. The Wing Chun and Dragon Styles are authentic, Sammo Hung's comedy genius is on display, there's calligraphy, genuine kung fu theory and some ninja – esque assassins. A must for lovers of martial arts and martial arts films.
Author: Alex Green http://www.wtmidlands.com