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Gordon Liu (Actor) | Lo Lieh (Actor) | Wong Yue (Actor) | Kara Hui
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"You haven't lived until you've fought Dirty Ho - and then you're dead!" Such was the catchy international tagline of this Shaw Brothers cult classic directed by legendary filmmaker Lau Kar Leung (36th Chamber of the Shaolin). Released in 1979, the film features Wong Yue as the title character, an incorrigible young robber who crosses paths with Wang Qinqin, a slumming, prince-in-disguise played by the Shaolin Master Killer himself, Gordon Lau! But while Wang has no interest in becoming emperor and would rather drink wine and enjoy life, little does he know that his elder brother will stop at nothing to insure that no one challenges him for the throne, employing the faithful General Liang (Lo Lieh) to hire assassins to take out Wang!

Things get off to a rough start when Ho and Wang end up battling for the affections of a bevy of beauties (including My Young Auntie's Kara Hui Ying Hung), an initial conflict that eventually results in a series of humorous fight-filled misunderstandings between the two. But after Ho suffers a nasty gash on his head that just won't heal, it's up to the venerable Master Wang to help him out. But the cure doesn't come without a price. In order to receive the medicine that can treat his poisoned wound, Ho must vow complete allegiance to Wang as his new master. Of course, the relationship between Ho and Wang is rocky at first, but after the duo survive numerous assassination attempts, an unlikely friendship is formed. Unfortunately, during one particularly challenging battle, Wang becomes injured. With killers on their trail, can Wang teach Ho the skills he'll need so they can face the enemy together? Find out in Dirty Ho, a marvelously choreographed and highly entertaining martial arts film that has withstood the test of time!

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Product Title: Dirty Ho (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 爛頭何 (DVD) (香港版) 烂头何 (DVD) (香港版) Dirty Ho (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) Dirty Ho (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Gordon Liu (Actor) | Lo Lieh (Actor) | Wong Yue (Actor) | Kara Hui | Pan Ping Chang | Wong Lung Wai | Chan Si Kai | Ching Miao | Yeung Chi Hing | Ni Kuang 劉家輝 (Actor) | 羅烈 (Actor) | 汪禹 (Actor) | 惠 英紅 | 潘冰嫦 | 王龍威 | 陳思佳 | 井淼 | 楊志卿 | 倪匡 刘家辉 (Actor) | 罗烈 (Actor) | 汪禹 (Actor) | 惠 英红 | 潘冰嫦 | 王龙威 | 陈思佳 | 井淼 | 杨志卿 | 倪匡 劉家輝(リュー・チャーフィー) (Actor) | 羅烈 (ロー・リエ) (Actor) | 汪禹(ワン・ユー) (Actor) | 恵英紅(クララ・ワイ) | 潘冰嫦(パン・ビンチャン) | Wong Lung Wai | Chan Si Kai | Ching Miao | Yeung Chi Hing | 倪匡(ニー・クヮン) Gordon Liu (Actor) | Lo Lieh (Actor) | Wong Yue (Actor) | Kara Hui | Pan Ping Chang | Wong Lung Wai | Chan Si Kai | Ching Miao | Yeung Chi Hing | Ni Kuang
Director: Lau Kar Leung 劉家良 刘家良 劉家良 (ラウ・カーリョン) Lau Kar Leung
Release Date: 2005-06-23
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 97 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004017226

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* Screen Format : 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
* Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
* Extras:
- 幕後花絮 Behind-The-Scenes
- 本片預告 Trailer
- 精選猛片預告 Other Releases
- 劇照 Color Stills
- 原裝海報 Original Poster
- 電影簡介 Production Notes
- 演員/導演簡介 Biography & Selected Filmography
- 星光傳奇︰劉家輝

導演:劉家良
Director: Liu Chia-liang (a.k.a. Lau Kar-leung)

  本片為劉家良導演,倪匡編劇。故事描述,青年俠盜何真(汪禹)看上歌妓翠紅(惠英紅),翠卻已被京城富豪王親勤(劉家輝)包起;王武功高強,深藏不露,實為康熙皇帝第十一子喬裝;王見何為人率直重義氣,且盜亦有道,故何雖多番放肆,王亦不以為忤;何本為官府通緝犯,王卻暗中助其脫身;王此舉無非望何改邪歸正,但何不知收斂,王遂以計制之;後四太子為奪取皇權,把兄弟一一謀殺,特派梁將軍(羅烈)謀殺王,何遂出手相助……

  Master martial arts moviemaker Liu Chia-liang adds to his legend with this, one of the greatest kung-fu comedies ever made, incorporating, arguably, at least three of the most brilliantly conceived and executed fight sequences ever caught on film. Combining laughs and thrills, the monumental director adds to his legend with a film that only gets more impressive with each successive viewing.
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Professional Review of "Dirty Ho (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

June 24, 2005

While it does claim the single greatest title in cinema history, Dirty Ho has a lot more going for it than just an unintentionally hilarious moniker. Directed by legendary filmmaker Lau Ka Leung, the film features Wong Yue as Ho Chih, an impetuous young jewel thief who considers himself quite the big shot, that is until he meets Wang Qinqin (the great Gordon Lau), a wealthy wine connoisseur who is far more than what he seems. Little does anyone know that Wang is actually a prince in disguise who has absolutely no interest in ascending to the throne. In truth, the 13th prince would rather spend his days admiring art, checking out antiques, and drinking fine wine.

The film begins with both of these men battling for the attentions of the beautiful women populating a local brothel. Their comic game of one-upmanship is soon interrupted, however, when the cops show up, looking for some stolen jewels. Guilty as charged, Ho is taken away as the culprit, but Wang is able to keep the young punk out of serious trouble by subtly flashing his royal ID. Of course, Ho doesn't realize that Wang has done him a great favor and later returns to the brothel to seek some measure of revenge. Their next encounter leaves Ho defeated and bearing a nasty cut on his head via a poisoned-tipped sword. Ho retreats into the night, but later finds that the cut simply refuses to heal.

To Ho's relief, Wang claims to know how to cure the wound, but his terms prove to be awfully steep for the extremely proud Ho Chih. Believing that he can reform the young man through training, Wang creates a situation in which Ho becomes his disciple. In order for him to receive the antidote, Ho must kowtow to Wang and call him master, a price Ho grudgingly agrees to pay. And by choosing to only administer the antidote in small doses every few days, Wang is able to keep Ho around long enough to impart some sage-like knowledge to the young scamp.

But while these two are getting to know each other, it seems that Wang's elder brother, the evil fourth prince, is seeking to wipe out all other potential heirs to the crown before the Emperor announces his successor. Wang's interest in wine, women, and song means nothing to the fourth prince, who orders the powerful General Liang (Lo Lieh) to assassinate him. Liang sends several different hired killers (including two played by Johnny Wong Long Wai and Hsiao Ho), each trying and ultimately failing to defeat the formidable Wang Qinqin.

But during one fateful melee, Wang ends up getting stabbed in the leg, and it's up to Ho to help his master get to safety. With Wang's true identity revealed, Ho dedicates himself to a series of grueling training exercises in order to help his master overcome the deadly assassination plot. With Wang now wheelchair-bound and a pack of skilled archers hot on their tail, Ho and his master have a lot to deal with on their journey to the Emperor's palace. Soon, they realize it's only through their combined strength that they can overcome General Liang and his forces.

From its wonderfully stylized, backstory-filled opening credit sequence to its thrilling, amazingly choreographed finale, Dirty Ho amounts to one of the best kung fu comedies ever made. While it succeeds as a straightforward martial arts film, Dirty Ho possesses a delightful sense of humor, often taking the time to send up various clichés prevalent in the martial arts genre. The hilarious, blood-gushing Crippled Avengers parody featuring "The Four Handicapped Devils" is a real treat, as is the confrontation between the heroes and the strangely fey "Seven Bitters of the East River."

Of course, a kung fu film is nothing without action. And although the fighting is perhaps not as speedy as most post-Police Story era martial arts flicks, the action set pieces in Dirty Ho are so elaborate and intricately choreographed—and often shot in a single take, you can't help but be impressed by the work that went into each scene. Certainly, old school kung fu films won't be to everyone's taste, especially for generations weaned on Fong Sai Yuk and Drunken Master II. But even so, Dirty Ho is the kind of film that still retains a timeless charm few martial arts fans could ignore.

By Calvin McMillin - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Dirty Ho (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.5 out of 10 (6)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.2 out of 10 (8)

Kevin Kennedy
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April 12, 2010

Fight-filled comedic gem Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The story in "Dirty Ho" may be fluff, an excuse upon which to hang countless fight scenes, but the martial arts choreography makes this movie a 'can't miss' gem for fans of the genre. The story, such as it is, presents Gordon Liu as the Eleventh Son of the emperor who travels south posing as a jewelry dealer in order to spend time with the common folk. At a brothel in Guangdong, the Eleventh Son encounters a jewelry thief named He (Wang Yue) with whom he squabbles for the attentions of the women. The squabble turns into a fight in which, in order to disguise his skills, the Eleventh Son uses one of the women (Kara Hui) as a prop through whom he fights -- it is a hilarious, not to be missed classic of kung fu choreography. Soon the Eleventh Son and the mischievious He team up to battle the minions of General Liang (Lo Lieh), who has been enlisted by the Emperor's Fourth Son to eliminate the Eleventh Son as a rival for promotion to the throne.

"Dirty Ho" has one of the highest percentages of running length devoted to fights that you will ever see, so it provides ample opportunity to enjoy Lau Kar Leung's genius for staging such scenes. The film benefits from the richness of the Shaw Bros. sets and costuming and its wonderful stable of character actors. The movie is imbued with a genial good humor that proves infectious. And let's not forget how terrific this movie looks and sounds in this beautifully remastered release. Highly recommended.
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Tanzhang
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June 25, 2008

A Unique Kungfu Masterpiece! Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
In Many Ways, Dirty Ho is one of the most Unique Kungfu films ever made. Directed by Legendary Choreographer Lau Kar Leung (or Liu Cha Liang if you speak Mandarin) the film stars Lau Kar Fai (Star of 36th Chamber of Shaolin and other Lau Kar Leung Kungfu Films) as one of Fourteen Manchurian Princes in line to the throne. Unlike his thirteen brothers, the Eleventh Prince has no interest in power, only Good Antiques and good wine, and he travels to Guandong Province Incognito in order to sample Guandong Wine and Local Antiques.

While staying at a Floating Brothel in Guandong, he meets an arrogant young jewelery thief He Zhen (or Dirty Ho, the film's title character) and the two of them have a competition of sorts to see who can buy the most girls. The Hot Tempered He Zhen loses however, and a fight breaks out. Although Eleventh Prince is a master of Kung Fu, he can't face his opponent directly, so he feigns ignorance of his opponent, so it looks like he is losing even though he is winning the fight.

The two of them have several similar encounters, and yet at the end of each, Eleventh Prince is confident that He Zhen is a good man. He Zhen however, is still as Brash and Arrogant as ever, so Eleventh Prince concocts a plan to get He Zhen to settle down.

While Eleventh Prince is at the Brothel one night, He Zhen Barges in, and demands to fight him. Claiming that one of the girls (played by Kara Hui) is his bodyguard, he uses her as a weapon to fight He Zhen, In a way that really has to be seen rather than heard! at the end of the fight, He Zhen is wounded by a special weapon that the Prince has. The Weapon is tipped with poison, and after five days it doesn't heal. After consulting many a doctor, He Zhen comes to the conclusion that the only way to get the antidote is to find the Brothel Girl that did this to him.

Of Course the Audience knows that the culprit is really the Prince, and when He Zhen hears that the girl has been freed, he travels to find the Prince, however the prince will only give He the antidote if he travels with him and becomes a good man. Although Reluctant at first, He Zhen agrees, and slowly becomes a good man, even to the point in which Eleventh Prince teaches him Kung Fu. By the End of the film, He Zhen's wound heals up, yet he elects to stay with his master, and becomes a useful ally in the fight against the evil Fourth Prince and his top general, played by Lo Lieh.

Compared to other films of the Genre, Dirty Ho is quite unique, with it's elaborate sets and costumes (which are very good, even by Shaw's excellent standards). But it is the action that sets this film apart, and Lau Kar Leung is very clever in making the characters seem oblivious and yet making the action so profound. Best described as a Genre Masterpiece, Dirty Ho is a Must for Kung Fu Fans, and worth a look for anyone who dares dismiss the Shaw Brothers films as shallow and uninteresting.
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jasmine
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February 3, 2008

Not that dirty Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
Wong Yue's character is the reason behind Dirty Ho. Straight translation actually means " head with a festering wound".

Here you can see how adaptable Gordon is, one minute the Prince and next, the innocent businessman/jeweller with a taste for fine wine, antiques and art (with a hidden talent for martial arts). Kara Hui plays a 'call girl' with good-enough mannerism typical for the part but she exited half way through when the Prince 'redeemed her' from the brothel. For once, Gordon's wardrobe was of good standard befitting a rich businessman because in most of his other movies, he's either barechested (hot hot) or in a monk's outfit.

The training sequel is fun to watch and comical and the wooden setup for practising the kicks do exist . Although Wang Yue did a relatively good job for his bit, but my keen eye tell you that his execution of martial movements is still way below Gordon's standard.

One more for my collection.
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Phoenix Lin
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April 6, 2007

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Another excuse for fights Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
So the story is weak but it provides a good enough excuse to throw together some great fight sequences. How great they are! Kara Hui appears as a mini supporting role that you just can't get enough of. There are excellent "hidden" forms, you know, the excentuating factors that one character is oblivious to the skills of the other. (oooh so cool). The second half of the movie/VCD starts to go down hill for a lengthy confrontation with Lo Lieh & friends to a rather anti-climactic close...but at least you can do semi-chapter selections to good scenes. Great for replay value to share with circle of Kung-fu buds.
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Kenshiro
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August 8, 2006

hall of fame choreography Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Dirty Ho is one the best when it comes to kung fu choreography. Lau Kar Leung create once again superb action, but what set this picture apart is the context of the fights. Gordon liu character must not be seen fighting, but he must if he want to survive. This paradox give the viewer a chance to see very complex martial arts moves. WOW
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