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The Greatest Martial Arts Movie Ever,
This review is from: The Prodigal Son [DVD] (DVD)
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.
Produced by the legendary Raymond Chow, producer of The Big Boss and Fist of Fury, This fil has it all. Action, Comedy, Traged, you name it. Directed by one of the stars, Sammo Hung, The Prodigal Son is simply stunning in so many aspects it puts most films made now to shame. Not bad for a 21 year old film.
This has so much style that it should be an essential to any Martial arts fan.
The DVD come with The original Catonese version and the very funny dubbed version. It also come with a commentary by Hong Kong Legends expert Bey Logan. Other extras include Interviews and trailers and is all greatly presented.