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Prodigal Son

Biao Yuen , Ching-Ying Lam , Sammo Hung Kam-Bo    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal June 21 2004
I gotta agree with everyone. This movie is really good, and the fights are fantastic(ranking right along side Fist of Legend for pure brutality). The fighters perform their moves fast and realistic, like they're really trying to hit each other. It's not like other movies where it seems they are being too flashy showing off moves rather than actually fighting. You'll need the slo-mo feature on your dvd to capture all the cool choreography in this one. Also, i don't think people are stressing this enough; besides Yuen Biao, Sammo Hung, and Lam Ching Ying, there is another great reason to see this...the incredible Frankie Chan! He makes a great and formidable villain(although he's not quite the bad guy that one would expect...he has respect for his opponents, which makes him a very cool antagonist in the film). ANY kung fu film worth its salt has a formidable villain(otherwise, how would the hero be able to show off his skills?). Also, if you're price conscious(as in cheap) and think all of us who are giving rave reviews are exaggerating, there is a new version that costs less than $10! For that price, surely you can't pass up a chance to see what may become your next favorite kung fu film can you? Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao!!! June 29 2003
By A Customer
Two of the best martial arts film actors of all time play great roles in this film. Yuen Biao is a rich man's son who thought he was a tough fighter, but comes to find out his father's been secretly paying men to lose the fights. After finding out Yuen begs a martial arts master from an opera troop to train him. The man refuses, but Yuen's father buys the opera troop and lets his boy travel with the opera to try and get the man to teach him martial arts. The man eventually gives in, but then a murder plot to kill him sends them both into seclusion at the man's brother's (Sammo Hung) house. The brother is also a martial arts master and teaches Yuen and tricks his brother into accepting Yuen as his student. Soon after the man is murdered and Yuen must seek to prove himself. This movie is worth it just to see Sammo Hung twirling a paint brush. It's yet another movie where he steals the show with his awesome martial arts skills. Yuen Biao is an excellent pupil and triumphs in the end. Go buy it. It's a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu King April 18 2003
By A Customer
I have seen this movie also as Kung Fu King. As you know, many of the old 2 beaters were released under several names.
In this film, a young man is beating everyone in town. However, one night at an opera he is easily beaten by one of the cast who is feminine acting and realizes that his opponents were all paid to lose by his father. Thereafter, he embarks on a mission to convince this reluctant female impersonator to teach him kung fu. Though I have never seen a movie where the master was referred to as a queer and a girl by his own brother, I found the master's sensibilities and manner quite elegant. For instance, there is another character in the film, a lord, who challenges anyone he sees who is good at kung fu. He happens to see the actor one day fighting and holds a dinner at which he challenges the actor relentlessly. The actor finally states, "I believe I'll have to oblige him." Not to give anything away but there is a final vengeful showdown as in most of these flicks.
There is a lot of good fighting and teaching sequences of wing chun in this movie. A must for any collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow....blew me away... Jan. 7 2003
For the age of the film (made in 1982), this film really surprised and pleased me. I wasn't expecting such intensity, but it is frequently said that this film started the modern fighting kung fu flicks of the 80's, which in my opinion is the best due to lack of wires and other digital tools that now invade the majority of the newer flicks. It was straight forward Kung (Gung) Fu skills. This film is somewhere up in my top 5 martial arts film of all time, and can rival any kung fu movie of any time. I have become a huge fan of Lam Ching Ying,Yuen Biao,Sammo Hung, and Frankie Chan because of this film. The story, as stated by everyone else here, focuses around Biao's character as the Prodigal Son who who is recognized around his town as the fighter who has never lost a battle. However, the townspeople know something that Biao himself is oblivious to, which is the fact that Biao's father is paying off challengers to protect his only precious son. One day, a true Kung Fu master (Lam Ching Ying) teaches him a lesson and Biao soon realize the truth afterwards. The rest of the film has Biao relentlessly following the master pleading him to become his teacher. The movie will start off slow with the beginning fight not being too impressive, but dont let that turn you off because it definitely gets better. Throughout the rest of film are amazing fights involving Lam, Biao, Frankie, and Sammo. This film displays probably the best view of Wing Chun seen in a movie. One of the best fights I have ever seen takes place between Lam Ching Ying and Frankie Chan with Lam using Wing Chun and Frankie using what im assuming some sort of Tiger or Eagle style that looks like Mantis-form (I am a former kung fu student). Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ever enjoyed a fight scene? GO BUY IT.......
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! I will begin by stating my #1 kung fu movie of all time is "Fist of Legend".(Jet Li. If you haven't seen this title.... Read more
Published on April 28 2003 by Young Jedi Master OobieDoob ScoobieDoobie Banoobie
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good movie with some good Wing Chun scenes
I bought this DVD for one reason and one reason only: because I'd heard that it had the Wing Chun fighting style in it.
Over all, it wasn't a bad movie. Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars wing tsun extravaganza
That's the best one in the world. if I have one movie to watch in my life time, I would always watch this number one movie. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2002 by "fluency"
1.0 out of 5 stars overated
After reading all the user reviews I was hyped up to watch this movie, only to be disapointed. The action scenes are good but far from great. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
The movie was very good. The story line and the characters are great. The fight scenes are excellent! Sammo Hung is one of the absolutes best in the business. Read more
Published on Dec 20 2001 by Dude
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy handwork
Well, this film features some of the best handwork in any kung fu movie. Some of the reviewers mention that the wing chun seems slightly different, that is because IT IS NOT JUST... Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2001 by johnny cage
5.0 out of 5 stars True Martial arts Classic!!!
The only thing wrong with this film, is if you don't see it. One of the BEST films ever showing the amazing style of wing chun. Read more
Published on July 8 2001 by Erik James
4.0 out of 5 stars Really 4.5 stars
This movie was just bad-a$$ from the get-go. You are introduced to a character who thinks that he is the best kung fu martial artist. Read more
Published on June 9 2001 by Krazy Dragon
4.0 out of 5 stars Tai Chi
The first time I saw the Prodigal Son, I was very pleased to see a Wing Chun movie. Especially the Wing Chun actions done by the character: Leung Yee Tai ( the teacher of Leung... Read more
Published on March 14 2001 by Mark Stas
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