The Wong Fei-hung films did not become the longest running film series in history for nothing. With over 100 films (and a few television series) to its name, the saga of Master Wong has such enduring appeal that it has captivated several generations of viewers, from 1949 all the way to this day.
The saga was once so popular that in 1956 alone, 25 Wong Fei-hung films were released in the same year, all starring the same actor, Kwan Tak-hing, with 23 of them featuring the same director, Wu Pang.
Wong Fei-hung has become more than just a character but a myth, an exemplary manifestation of manhood, a superb balance of force and intelligence, power and restraint, individual and community.
As a character, Master Wong has evolved throughout the years. From the inaugural five chapters that started in 1949 to the internationally influential works of the 1990s and beyond, Wong Fei-hung had gone through many changes, growing with Hong Kong and Hong Kong cinema.
This programme is a skeletal representation of the Wong Fei-hung franchise. Many worthwhile titles are not included because of limitations in scheduling, not to mention works that had been lost. Also not included are the many spinoffs, stories about relating characters such as Leung Foon, Lam Sai-wing and Beggar So. Perhaps a sequel is warranted.
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