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Prodigal Son [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Biao Yuen , Ching-Ying Lam , Sammo Hung Kam-Bo    DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Biao Yuen, Ching-Ying Lam, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, Frankie Chan, Lung Chan
  • Directors: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
  • Writers: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, Barry Wong, Jing Wong
  • Producers: Leonard Ho, Raymond Chow
  • Format: Colour, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 25 May 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001NBMN0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,875 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful movie on a superb DVD 14 Sep 2002
This is a classic period martial-arts movie that remains timeless a couple of decades later. Directed by Sammo Hung, it is based on a true story and contains some of the earliest signs of the Hong Kong style of martial arts action as we came to know it when it finally took a decent stranglehold in the west with 'The Matrix' (whose action sequences were choreographed by Yuen Woo-Ping, a veteran of HK cinema who gave Jackie Chan his big break in 1978).
The story centres around Leung Jaan (Yuen Biao), who believes he is the best fighter in town. However, an encounter with a homosexual Chinese Opera performer named Leung Yee-Tai (played by the late great Lam Ching-Ying) soon has him thinking differently, as Yee-Tai's Wing Chun mastery far outclasses the 'talent' Jaan possesses. It is then that Jaan learns the truth: his dad had been paying his previous opponents to lose so that Jaan wouldn't lose face (ironic, considering the guy who had supposedly been considered the town's champion brawler has just been duffed up with the greatest of ease in front of a whole Opera troupe!).
Jaan tries many desperate measures (including his father purchasing Yee-Tai's whole opera troupe) to get Yee-Tai to take Jaan as a Wing Chun student, but after having seen Jaan's cocky nature, constantly refuses. It is only after an attempt on Yee-Tai's life (in which Jaan intervenes to allow him to escape), not to mention a fight challenge from the best fighter of another town — Lord Ngai, played very well by Frankie Chan — where Yee-Tai has a sudden asthma attack, that he may have to consider passing on his knowledge to a willing student in case he is suddenly slain and his knowledge lost forever...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the Greatest Kung Fu Film Ever Made 26 July 2006
When asked what the greatest kung fu film of all time is, people always expect the answer to involve a Bruce Lee film. But, frankly, Lee's films were all pretty weak. Actually, the answer that might be given is "The Prodigal Son".

The film was directed by Hong Kong kung fu master Sammo Hung and utilises stunning sets and scenery, brilliant, unrelenting fight scenes and fantastic acting from the cast. For fans of Wing Chun kung fu, this is a must: the only film in history that has managed to utilise this form of kung fu and make it look good on screen (by combining it with Shaolin stances). The story itself revolves around the real Wing Chun masters Leung Yee Tai, the Chinese Opera performer and his pupil, Leung Jaan. In a nutshell, Leung Jaan is a spoilt "Prodigal Son" whose father pays opponents to lose fights to him. When he realises this, he sets out to become a truly great fighter under the tutelage of Leung Yee Tai. Unfortunately, the opera star is not so willing to be his Sifu.

The standout sequences in this film are whenever Leung Yee Tai is fighting using his Wing Chun, the brilliant Chinese Ninja assasination sequence, the comic/training sequence with Sammo Hung and Leung Yee Tai in the small village retreat and the climactic battle at the end.

Indeed, as is pointed out in the fantastically astute audio commentary by the enthusiastic, mannered Bey Logan, the film utilises shots unseen in Chinese cinema: they have stunning depth, lighting and scale giving the film a vibrant, living feel. My personal favourite is the haunting shot when Leung Jaan offers tea to Leung Yee Tai in the country retreat. Other DVD extras include a great interview with Yuen Biao with, thank god, somebody pointing out just how important he is to his Western fans.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Martial Arts Movie Ever 3 April 2004
This is simply the greatest martial arts film of all time.
The film has a great story. Our hero Leung Chang (Yeun Biao -Once upon a time in China, Project A )is the son of a rich man in Fats Shun. He believes he is the greatest fighter in all of Fat-Shun, however the truth is a little different.
His opponents are payed to lose, because his mother and father are afraid of him getting hurt. Chang soon finds out when his cousins upset the leading lady at the local opera. This opera star turns out to be a man, a Wing-Chun expert called Leung Yee-Tai (Ching-Ying Lam - Game of Death, Iron Fisted Monk).
Upon this revelation, Leung Chang decides to ask Yee-Tai to become his master. Yee-Tai refuses outright, so using the help of his rich father, Leung Chang purchases the Opera Troupe. Yee-Tai still refuses to teach Leung Chang, buts makes use of Leung Chang by having him perform in the opera. Leung Chang is mistaken for someone else and has to fight back stage. The battle spills out onto the stage where Yee-Tai is performing in the opera, being watched by Lord Ngai (Frankie Chan - Armour of God, Operation Condor)He is on a mission to spar with skilled Kung-Fu experts. His father is a very powerful lord and has sent two bodygaurds with Ngai, with orders to kill Ngai's oppenents without Ngai knowing. Yee-Tai helps Leung Chang fight his opponents and Yee-Tai's skill is shown to Lord Ngai. Ngai challenges Yee-Tai at a dinner and during the battle Yee-Tai suffers an asthma attack and cant continue. Ngai then challenges Yee-Tai when he is feeling better.
Without spoiling the plot that follows, you can expect stunning perfomances from Sammo Hung as Wong wah Bo and James Tein as a one armed Wing-Chun expert.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars best fight sequences
this martial art i study and it also helps to show people how good and effective martial arts it is
Published 13 months ago by paul myers
5.0 out of 5 stars UNSURPASSABLE
Quite simply, this is the best film about Wing Chun kung fu ever. Actually this is the best Martial arts film ever made. PERIOD.
Published on 10 July 2008 by S. L. Bradford
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a kung fu movie
It's a tragic love story - with comedy and fights. Oh, and Chinese opera. The late Master Lam Ching Jing started his career in Chinese opera playing women's parts. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2007 by Ms. L. R. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars for all beginers and advanced studentsa of wing chun
this film and worriors two are the and only best films ever tracing back to the legendary ancestors of the wing chung art. Read more
Published on 13 July 2005 by "darkmancreations"
5.0 out of 5 stars At last found it!!!
Comedy Kung Fu at it's best! We saw about 3/4 of this film in 1996, on a Channel 4 Kung-fu Weekend and have been trying to find it on DVD ever since. Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2005 by Mr P D Callow
5.0 out of 5 stars the best film ever
this was the film that brought me into the world of kung fu movies.
the characters the acting and the fights are at the highest level. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2004 by justyn
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the top two or three martial arts movies ever made
I have waited for some time for Prodigal Son to be released and as usual I have not been disappointed by the superb package put together by Hong Kong Legends. Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2004 by David Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a film!
When I ordered this film I had an idea that it was going to be good but its even better than I had expected as this is quite an old film staring Yuen Biao in the title role. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2004 by "cyprusedd28"
5.0 out of 5 stars WATCH IT!!!
I could cry this is my fav Kung Fu movie of all time yes I know there are many that better in some ways and I’m not including Jackie Chan movies but this is my fav it is a... Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Prodigal Son
I have seen a few kung foo films and i am a major fan of them,but i do have to say that prodigal son is by far and away the best kung foo film i've seen it has everything for... Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2002 by j c w birch
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