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鴻勝蔡李佛 (1979)
Choi Lee Fat Kung Fu

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 04/25/2007
Summary: 6/10 - great kung fu, lame comedy, no plot

A young lad learns kung fu from two masters using unusual but impressive training methods, then uses it to fight a villain.

It was 1979, and everybody was kung fu fighting, in a comedy style, hoping to find the next Jackie Chan (because they'd had so much success trying to find "the next Bruce Lee"?). Cliff Lok had been around at least as long as Jackie, and studied under Yu Jim Yuen and numerous other sifus, so he must have seemed like a good candidate to somebody. If skill in kung fu and acrobatics were all that the role required he would pass with flying colours, but he doesn't really have the face or the charm for comedy, or 'leading man' roles in general I'd have thought.

Choi Lee Fat Kung Fu might be a failure as a comedy (no, it definitely is), but it does feature some great kung fu and training scenes. There are a number of extremely talented performers on hand - Cliff himself, Sharon Yeung Pan-Pan, the inimitable Philip Ko (a man who knew he was born a villain) and the extremely impressive Chan Siu-Pang, who also directs. The choreography is intricate and inventive, and the execution is unmistakably authentic... this is real kung-fu, performed by real experts, and it's impressive stuff.

And if that's all your looking for, the film will surely not disappoint. If that's not your cup of tea, then... I don't know why you're reading reviews for this film!

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: mpongpun
Date: 07/05/2002

Hung Chow (Phillip Ko) is hired by the Chings to track down a group of Ching rebels who have the secret list of names of all the rebel supporters. Of the group, only two men escape from Hung Chow’s wrath: a Monk names Monk Grass (Chan Siu Pang) and a layman named Chan (Lin Chiao). Chan becomes a Sifu at a local town and Monk Grass lives off in Wang Si. Chan Sifu happens unto a lad named Sing (Cliff Lok), whom he teaches his gung fu to in secrecy. Due to some town rules (gung fu cannot be taught to outsiders), Master Chan must stop teaching Sing gung fu, and so he sends off Sing, with the secret list in tow, to find Monk Grass and learn more gung fu. Eventually, Ah Sing gets involved in the rebel cause to usurp the Ching rule. In the finale, he has to battle the Ching lackey, Hung Chow, in a duel to the death using his newfound Choi Lee Fat style.