Monday, 9 July 2007

The Magnificant Butcher (1979)

English title: The Magnificant Butcher.

The Magnificant Butcher (1979)Sammo Hung played Lin Shirong (Lam Sai-Wing), who was 1 of Wong Fei-Hong's student. Wong Fei-Hong on the other hand was played by Kwan Tak-Hing, who had played this role back in the times of B&W talkies, and had made Guinness Book of World Records for the longest running movie series of Wong Fei-Hong.

Although he only played a cameo role here, he acted in the famous calligraphy fighting scene. He was 74 when he was in this movie. And you had to be impressed by his stretching at his age.

Yuen Biao also had a cameo role, and put in some fighting in the final duel.

This scene is undoubtedly inspired by the kind of style of 'play' kungfu originated or at least popularised by Dirty Ho (1976) (also included in this list). This is the 'play' kungfu style that the 2 martial participants disguise their fighting with some everyday activities like drinking, greeting, or in this case writing calligraphy.

This is the 1st movie that shot Sammo Hung to fame.

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