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The Prodigal Son (1981) (DVD) (Kam & Ronson Version) ( (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Sammo Hung (Director, Actor) | Yuen Biao (Actor) | Lam Ching Ying (Actor) | Chung Fa (Actor)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.6 out of 10 (8)

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Two of Hong Kong cinema's greatest action luminaries, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, star in the 1982 classic period kung fu flick The Prodigal Son. Also directed by Sammo Hung, the film is an action-packed coming-of-age account of Foshan legend Leung Jan, master of the Wing Chun martial arts style. Considered one of the best traditional martial arts films of all time, The Prodigal Son is also one of the first films to truly showcase Wing Chun on screen, not to mention the high-kicking, fist-flying prowess of Yuen Biao, Sammo Hung, Frankie Chan, and the late Lam Ching Ying, who is best known for the Mr. Vampire series. Recognized for Best Action Choreography at the 2nd Hong Kong Film Awards, The Prodigal Son features beautifully choreographed pure fighting sequences that are difficult to find in today's breed of action films.

Martial arts aficionado Leung Jan (Yuen Biao) has never lost a fight thanks to his wealthy protective parents who pay off all his opponents. When Leung Jan is easily beaten by visiting Chinese opera troupe artist Leung Yee Tai (Lam Ching Ying), he finally realizes his previous martial arts training has been all a sham. Leung Jan decides to join the opera troupe to learn real kung fu, but bloody tragedy soon befalls the troupe after Yee Tai inadvertently crosses some Manchu officials. Studying under Yee Tai and his friend Wong Wa Po (Sammo Hung), Leung Jan must master the art of Wing Chun so he can avenge the troupe and deliver justice where it's due.

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Product Title: The Prodigal Son (1981) (DVD) (Kam & Ronson Version) ( (Hong Kong Version) 敗家仔 (1981) (DVD) (千勣版) (香港版) 败家仔 (1981) (DVD) (千绩版) (香港版) The Prodigal Son (1981) (DVD) (Kam & Ronson Version) ( (Hong Kong Version) The Prodigal Son (1981) (DVD) (Kam & Ronson Version) ( (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Sammo Hung (Actor) | Yuen Biao (Actor) | Lam Ching Ying (Actor) | Chung Fa (Actor) | Frankie Chan (Actor) | Wai Pak (Wei Bai) (Actor) | Dick Wei (Actor) 洪金寶 (Actor) | 元彪 (Actor) | 林正英 (Actor) | 鍾發 (Actor) | 陳勳奇 (Actor) | 韋白 (Actor) | 狄威 (Actor) 洪金宝 (Actor) | 元彪 (Actor) | 林正英 (Actor) | 锺发 (Actor) | 陈勋奇 (Actor) | 韦白 (Actor) | 狄威 (Actor) 洪金寶(サモ・ハン・キンポー) (Actor) | 元彪(ユン・ピョウ) (Actor) | 林正英(ラム・チェンイン)  (Actor) | 鍾發(チョン・ファ) (Actor) | 陳勲奇(フランキー・チャン) (Actor) | 韋白(ワイ・バック) (Actor) | 狄威(ディック・ウェイ) (Actor) Sammo Hung (Actor) | 원표 (Actor) | Lam Ching Ying (Actor) | Chung Fa (Actor) | Frankie Chan (Actor) | Wai Pak (Wei Bai) (Actor) | Dick Wei (Actor)
Director: Sammo Hung 洪金寶 洪金宝 洪金寶(サモ・ハン・キンポー) Sammo Hung
Release Date: 2013-03-26
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM), 6.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 104 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032568827

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* Special Features: Trailer

Director: Hung Kam Po

Young Leong Tsan is nothing but a spoilt brat. He hates books and conventions but dotes on martial arts. His rich father loves him so much that handsome payments are awarded people who manage to lose gracefully to the son. Young Leong comes to think he is the best in Canton. A female impersonator, Yee Tai, rebuffs the amorous advances of one of Leong’s friends. Leong comes to even the score, only to be defeated soundly by Yee Tai. Realizing that he is after all to good in kung fu, Leong stays behind with Yee Tai’s operatic troupe as a coolie, hoping that Yee Tai would teach him the combat art some day…
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Customer Review of "The Prodigal Son (1981) (DVD) (Kam & Ronson Version) ( (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.6 out of 10 (8)

Yasar
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May 21, 2010

This customer review refers to The Prodigal Son (DVD) (DTS) (Hong Kong Version)
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Great Kung Fu Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I am a huge fan of Sammo Hung and The Prodigal Son could be his best kung fu film he has made.It was made in 1981 and the kung fu action is still very good.

I bought the digitally remastered Hong Kong version a few weeks back and still is entertaning as before.My only downside with the digitally remastered edition is that it makes the comedy side a little bit out dated.And also when you change the audio to Cantonese 2.0 you can hear very irritating sounds when all the fight scenes starts.
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jasmine
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November 1, 2009

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20 out of 10 Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Truly one of the greatest martial arts movie ever crafted by his kungfu highness Sammo Hung. Yuen Biao, only in his second movie (his first was KnockAbout) and to be directed again by big brother Sammo. If you're a true martial arts fan you will not want to miss the powerful impact, fluid, flawless fighting sequences and delivery of the various wing chun movements. Injected with subtle comedy inbetween, you'll want to watch this movie at least once a month if you can.

Sammo delivered a true story of legendary Wing Chun master Leung Jan (Yuen Biao) and how he acquired that status. Lam Ching Ying also gave a performance of his lifetime as Leung Yee Tai. A rare moment when you get to see Lam Ching Ying in full operatic regalia playing a female lead in an operatic stageplay. Like his compatriots Sammo and Yuen Biao, his operatic background put him in good stead.

This digitally remastered copy (I didn't notice any difference) only had Sammo's interview and not that interesting. I'm glad I own the Collector's Edition where you have interviews with Yuen Biao, Frankie Chan, Sammo and Guy Lai. It's a pity Lam Ching Ying was not included. Get your hands on this one if you can.

A little trivial - Sammo reprise his role as Wong Wa Po (kungfu brother of Leung Yee Tai, aka sifu of Leung Jan) when Yuen Biao also reprise his role as Leung Jan in the TVB series Wing Chun (Nicholas Tse plays Leung Jan's son).
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Kenshiro
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May 1, 2007

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top five classic!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Yes, this movie is in my top five kung fu films of all time. The others are ( no particular order ): Drunken master 2, Legendary weapons of China, Fist of Legend and Magnificent Butcher. Now there's more flix that can be compared to those I just mentioned but Prodigal Son is so well crafted by Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao that you will want to watch this on all your short life!!! # 1 wing chung movie, # 2 Warriors two
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Kevin Kennedy
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March 14, 2007

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Truly a classic! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
Fifty years from now people still will be thrilling to director Samo Hung's "Prodigal Son."

What sets this movie apart from other action films is its interesting characters and engrossing story. Samo also provides the perfect balance of action and comedy, with Samo himself delivering his most hilarious role. Yuen Biao gives a finely calibrated performance as the clueless "street brawler" who dedicates himself to learning the art of wing chun. And Lam Ching Ying is a riveting presence throughout.

If I could change anything about this movie, I would make the nighttime attack on the opera troupe a bit less graphic. Gruesome images from that scene kept my stomach churning for hours.

Every kung fu fan must own this movie; it belongs in the pantheon of the greats. Very highly recommended by your humble servant.
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justyn
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June 2, 2005

This customer review refers to The Prodigal Son (1981) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
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best kung fu film ever Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
this has to be the best kung fu film ever made, with great characters fantastic fight scenes and funny comedy.

this highlights lam ching yuen biao at there very best, you wont see another lam ching ying film where he plays a better character or fights the best.
sammo is funny in hes appearances, he doesnt fight but has a excellent traiing sequence with yuen biao 10/10 best film ever made.
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