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The Skyhawk (1974) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Nora Miao (Actor) | Kwan Tak Hing (Actor) | Carter Huang (Actor) | Sammo Hung (Actor)
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1974's The Skyhawk is one of the last pictures to feature the legendary Kwan Tak Hing as Master Wong Fei Hung, a role he played in over 100 films. Joining Kwan for the first time is Sammo Hung as a student of the master; his similar performance in The Magnificent Butcher (1980) would skyrocket Sammo to superstardom. The Skyhawk, however, is unmistakably Kwan's show. The master was beginning to show his age by this point, and leaves most of the martial arts displays to Hung and Carter Wong (Hapkido, Big Trouble in Little China). But even if he can't kick quite like he used to, Kwan still exudes all of the style and charisma that made his name inseparable from the character of Wong Fei Hung.

Master Wong and his disciple Fatty are paying a visit to Thailand when they are assaulted by a hotheaded street fighter dubbed "Little Lion" (Carter Wong). In true Wong Fei Hung fashion, the master takes Lion under his wing after the impetuous youth gets his clock cleaned by a rival martial arts instructor. Meanwhile, Wong's friend Chu is facing trouble from the local crime boss, who's trying to seize control of Bangkok's lucrative shipping business. Wong urges his friends and students to seek a peaceful resolution to their problems, but when the bad guys attack Fatty's sister (Nora Miao, Fist of Fury, The Blade Spares None), the master agrees to take up arms.

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Product Title: The Skyhawk (1974) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 黃飛鴻少林拳 (1974) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 黄飞鸿少林拳 (1974) (Blu-ray) (香港版) The Skyhawk (1974) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) The Skyhawk (1974) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Nora Miao (Actor) | Kwan Tak Hing (Actor) | Carter Huang (Actor) | Sammo Hung (Actor) | Chen Jing (Actor) | Li Kun (Actor) | ZHANG HONG (Actor) | Chiu Hung (Actor) | Si Ma Hua Long (Actor) | Tang Wei Cheng (Actor) | You Long (Actor) 苗可秀 (Actor) | 關德興 (Actor) | 黃家達 (Actor) | 洪金寶 (Actor) | 陳菁 (Actor) | 李昆 (Actor) | 張弘 (Actor) | 趙 雄 (Actor) | 司馬華龍 (Actor) | 唐 偉成 (Actor) | 游龍 (Actor) 苗可秀 (Actor) | 关德兴 (Actor) | 黄家达 (Actor) | 洪金宝 (Actor) | 陈菁 (Actor) | 李昆 (Actor) | 张弘 (Actor) | 赵 雄 (Actor) | 司马华龙 (Actor) | Tang Wei Cheng (Actor) | 游龙 (Actor) 苗可秀(ノラ・ミャオ) (Actor) | 關徳興(クワン・ダッヒン) (Actor) | 黄加達(ウォン・カータッ) (Actor) | 洪金寶(サモ・ハン・キンポー) (Actor) | Chen Jing (Actor) | Li Kun (Actor) | ZHANG HONG (Actor) | Chiu Hung (Actor) | Si Ma Hua Long (Actor) | Tang Wei Cheng (Actor) | You Long (Actor) 묘가수 (Actor) | Kwan Tak Hing (Actor) | Carter Huang (Actor) | Sammo Hung (Actor) | Chen Jing (Actor) | Li Kun (Actor) | ZHANG HONG (Actor) | Chiu Hung (Actor) | Si Ma Hua Long (Actor) | Tang Wei Cheng (Actor) | You Long (Actor)
Director: Jeong Chang Hwa 鄭昌和 郑昌和 Jeong Chang Hwa 정창화
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2021-04-30
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 84 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1101691003

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Professional Review of "The Skyhawk (1974) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

October 21, 2008

This professional review refers to The Skyhawk (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Although Jet Li may have popularised the role for a new generation with Once Upon a Time in China, for most viewers Kwan Tak Hing was, is, and will probably always be legendary hero Wong Fei Hung. Amazingly, the actor played the role in more than a hundred films, one of the last of which was The Skyhawk originally released back in 1974 during the final stages of his long career. As well as Kwan, the film also features Carter Wong and a young Sammo Hung, a fact that marks it as an instant must-see for any self respecting martial arts fan. It was directed by Cheng Chang Ho, who was also responsible for the classic Angela Mao vehicle Broken Oath and a number of Shaw Brothers productions such as Heads for Sale and The Swift Knight.

The plot begins as Wong Fei Hung and his young student Fatty (Sammo, naturally) are on a trip to Thailand, when they cross paths with a fighter called Little Lion (top kung fu star Carter Wong, also in the likes of Hapkido and who turned up in a number of Western films including John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China. This leads to a run in with Kwok, the vicious leader of a local martial arts school, after which Wong takes the wounded Lion to stay with his friend Chu. Unfortunately, Chu is embroiled in trouble with local crime boss Koo, who is trying to take over his business by force while making decidedly unwanted advances to Fatty's sister (played by actress Nora Miao, also in Fist of Fury and The Blade Spares None). Soon enough, Wong is forced to get involved, leading to an escalating series of battles and brawls.

Although The Skyhawk sees Kwan Tak Hing quite obviously in advanced years and not really able to perform much in the way of acrobatics (leaving this up to a fairly unconvincing stunt double), he still has great screen presence and is more than able to hold his own. As such, whilst this is still very much his film, he takes more of a backseat role of teacher, passing the torch to his younger co-stars. Certainly, most of the martial arts action revolves around Carter Wong and Sammo, who both get plenty of chances to show off their skills through a good number of exciting fight scenes and training montages. The film was one of Sammo's earlier outings as choreographer, though even at this stage of his career he was showing an assured hand, keeping things tight and tough, and throwing in some impressive stunts. The final battle, which lasts for a full fifteen minutes, is particularly intense and exciting, especially since it gives Kwan the opportunity to get a few kicks in of his own.

Inevitably, given its Thai setting and certain members of the supporting cast, the film recalls Bruce Lee's The Big Boss which had been released a few years earlier. However, director Cheng certainly makes the most of the gorgeous locations and does give the proceedings a somewhat different flavour, with the temples and forests providing an evocative backdrop for the action. The film is very nicely shot in the classic style of the genre, and he keeps things moving along at a good pace, never neglecting the story or characters. The plot itself is actually quite engaging, managing to work in enough subplots, deceptions and righteous vengeance to distract from the over familiarity of it all.

As such, while there is nothing terribly original or remarkable about The Skyhawk, it delivers a well-made, solid slice of traditional martial arts action. This aside, the legendary cast are worth the price of admission by themselves, with their considerable talents and charismatic performances making the film a pleasure to watch and a more notable genre entry than it might otherwise have been. Certainly, given the presence of Kwan Tak Hing in his signature role the film is an unmissable prospect, not least since a great many of his outings sadly remain unavailable on DVD.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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Customer Review of "The Skyhawk (1974) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (1)

Anonymous

February 6, 2004

This customer review refers to The Skyhawk (Hong Kong Version)
First Encore Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10

This is worth seeing as the first of Kwan Tak Hing's three encores after the regular Wong Fei Hung series ended. Filmed in Thailand, it bears superficial resemblance to The Big Boss, not least because some of the supporting cast are former Bruce Lee co-stars. Wong In Sik stands out as our villain, playing a prototype of the character he later plays opposite Jackie Chan in The Young Master.

Unfortunately, this VCD presents a rather poor quality print of the film. Some low light scenes are almost invisible, which is a shame especially because one of them features Kwan in action as he trains students Sammo Hung and Carter Wong. On the technical plus side you do get dual language channels, Mandarin and Cantonese. The subtitles can be a little hard to make out due to the picture quality.

Not a great film, but if you're a fan you can't afford to miss it. Kwan Tak Hing's performances aren't exactly common on disc at the moment.
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