The Magnificent Butcher
Dir: Yuen Woo-ping Scrs: Edward Tang, Wong Jing
Cast: Sammo Hung, Fan Meisheng, Kwan Tak-hing, Yuen Biao
1979 / Colour / DCP / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 104min
The title role of the film is Lam Sai-wing the Butcher (Sammo Hung) who is one of the disciples of the legendary kung-fu hero Wong Fei-hung (Kwan Tak-hing). Although as suggested by the title Wong has been reduced to a supporting character he knows when to show his might as he chases villains who visit his martial arts school away with his kicks while practicing his calligraphy, writing the Chinese characters meaning “the benevolent is invincible”. Wong’s opponents learn the same lessons as in previous Wong fei-hung films and we learn the same morals, but director Yuen Woo-ping’s approach in storytelling is refreshing – street style, acrobatic martial art performances, Sammo Hung’s swift moves as well as the plot of making it young people’s turn to step up against injustice and humorous kungfu training sequences all defy the way traditional moral values are presented as in earlier Wong Fei-hung films. This emergence of a new generation and a new way of thinking is a response to the change of times in Hong Kong.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
The contents of the programme do not represent the views of the presenter.
The presenter reserves the right to change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.