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Leung Chang believes himself to be great at Kung Fu
on 19 March 2015
Leung Chang believes himself to be great at Kung Fu. He even names himself the Street Brawler but when he is easily defeated by Opera singer Yee-Tai he finds out that his father had paid all his previous opponents to lose. Feeling humiliated he attempts to get Yee-Tai to become his master.
With many people regarding this as one of the greatest Martial Arts movies ever made, I was really looking forward to watching it. However I couldn't help but feel slightly disappointed. I had not long before watched Warriors Two (also directed by Sammo Hung) and I felt that, that was the far superior movie.
Here we have Yuen Biao in the lead as Leung Chang the rich man's son who believes himself to be a great Kung Fu fighter. He is followed around by his irritating sidekick a fat man who looks like he has to grapes in his mouth. Regular bad guy Lam Ching-Ying gets to star as Yee-Tai a cross dressing opera singer who also happens to be a master of Kung Fu. Unfortunately though his character suffers from asthma would could lead to his downfall. Sammo Hung gets a small role as Yee-Tai's brother who appears an hour into the movie. His role is that of a comical character who has a rivalry with his brother and he also has a chubby daughter who he attempts to teach Kung Fu to. Then we have multi talented Frankie Chan (who is also the films composer and would go onto become a director), as the noble Ngai Fei who roams the land looking for people to challenge him.
For me the film is let down by all the attempts at comedy which I didn't really find funny. I know they are to be expected in these Chinese films but I would've prefered if it was left to a minimal like in Warriors Two. However the fight scenes are still very impressive. The final fight between Yuen Biao and Frankie Chan is brutal and executed perfectly.
Overall its a decent film in my opinion but there is far more enjoyable Martial Arts movies out there.