South Dragon, North Phoenix
Dir: Wu Pang Scr: Wong Hak
Cast: Lam Kar-sing, Nam Hung, Sek Kin, Yang Zhiqing, Lin Jing
1963 / B&W / D Beta / Mandarin & Cantonese /
Partial Chinese subtitles / 100min
Founded by Mr Ho Kian-ngiap, the Yuet Ngee Motion Picture Production Company specialised in martial arts films. Veteran kung fu film director Wu Pang was invited to remake his 1951 work The Five Heroes' Deadly Spears for the company’s inaugural production. Ko Shan-fu (Yang Zhiqing), a bodyguard, his wife Yip Kit-bing (Lin Jing) and daughter Wan-ying (Nam Hung) are separated while fleeing as refugees. Given refuge by Luk Fong-ho (Sek Kin), Yip teaches her family kung fu skills to his son Siu-hung (Lam Karsing). Ten years later, the daughter Wanying disguises herself as a man and joins one of the bodyguard missions. She meets Siu-hung and the two get into a fight. Siu-hung beats her using her family kung fu skills. Ko Shan-fu goes to Luk’s residence to investigate, fights with Luk Fong-ho, and is reunited with his wife. Wan-ying and Siu-hung, who met through fighting, are now best friends. The film features stuntmen from both the south and north schools. It was also the first film in which Lau Karleung and Tong Kai are credited as martial arts choreographers.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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