The Prodigal Son (1981)

Directed and partially written by Sammo Hung, The Prodigal Son tells a story of real life folk hero Leung Chang, a medical doctor in the late 1800’s who takes up the practice of Wing Chun.  Don’t expect this to be factual in anyway.  Just the names and some similarities are used.  The Prodigal Son is a rip roaring action comedy with a great cast.  I watched the HK Legends DVD which had interviews with Sammo Hung, Yeun Biao, and Frankie Chan.


Lam Ching-ying as Leung Yee-tai

Movies like this are just not made anymore.  The Prodigal Son is truly a classic.  The action shots are are long and complicated and the comedy is universal so not lost on an international audience.  It is well worth watching.

Sammo Hung (Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars, When Taekwondo Strikes) as Wong Wah-bo

Yuen Biao (The Game of Death, The Magnificent Butcher) as Leung Chang

Lam Ching-ying (Mr. Vampire, Swordsman) as Leung Yee-tai

Frankie Chan (The Legendary Amazons) as Ngai Fei

Chan Lung (Fist of Fury, The Sword Stained with Royal Blood) as Yee Tung-choi

Chung Fat (Enter the Dragon, Deadful Melody) as Mr. Law

Dick Wei (The Brave Archer, My Lucky Stars) as Mr. Suen

Wai Pak (Shaolin Temple, The Magnificent Butcher) as Au Ru Kwai

Chin Yuet-sang (The Golden Sword, Shaolin Drunken Monk) as Kung fu teacher

Lee Hoi-sang (The Spiritual Boxer, Project A II) as Kung fu teacher

Wu Ma (Shaolin Deadly Kicks, Kung-Fu Master) as Brick Man

James Tien (The Eagle’s Claw, Blade of Fury) as Broken right arm fighter

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