In 1978, actor/director Sammo Hung gave Hong Kong audiences the Wing Chun crash course of Warriors Two, while his next directorial effort, 1979's Knockabout, gave Yuen Biao the chance to shine as its lead star. But it would be in 1981 that he would combine Biao's newfound screen presence, with the legacy of Warriors Two's Leung Tsan into what is still considered one of his best directorial efforts: The Prodigal Son. Leung Tsan (Biao) is a wealthy young man living the dream, thinking he's the "Kung Fu King" of the town of Foshan. However, his dream is about to become a nightmare when he is easily beaten in a fight by the star of a traveling opera troupe, Leung Yee-Tai (Lam Ching-Ying). It is at this low point that the truth is revealed to Tsan — all of his "victories" have been nothing but paid-for set-ups by his family out of a misguided act of protection. With this revelation, Tsan pleads with Yee-Tai to train him in the form of combat that led to his defeat: Wing Chun. Yee-Tai, with the help of fellow Wing Chun master Wong Wah-Bo (Hung), will train Tsan to not only be as skilled as he once thought he was, but even better. Though a mysterious challenger (Frankie Chan) and his ruthless Manchu bodyguards may end the journey before it can even begin... Winning the award for Best Action Choreography at the inaugural Hong Kong Film Awards in 1982, The Prodigal Son is considered by many to be not only one of the best films to showcase the style of Wing Chun, but also one of the best martial arts films of all time, with some of the most tightly choreographed and fast paced fight scenes that remain just as jaw-dropping over four decades later!

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The Prodigal Son (1982)

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Martial Arts/Comedy · 1h 45m · 9/12/2023

    

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In 1978, actor/director Sammo Hung gave Hong Kong audiences the Wing Chun crash course of Warriors Two, while his next directorial effort, 1979's Knockabout, gave Yuen Biao the chance to shine as its lead star. But it would be in 1981 that he would combine Biao's newfound screen presence, with the legacy of Warriors Two's Leung Tsan into what is still considered one of his best directorial efforts: The Prodigal Son. Leung Tsan (Biao) is a wealthy young man living the dream, thinking he's the "Kung Fu King" of the town of Foshan. However, his dream is about to become a nightmare when he is easily beaten in a fight by the star of a traveling opera troupe, Leung Yee-Tai (Lam Ching-Ying). It is at this low point that the truth is revealed to Tsan — all of his "victories" have been nothing but paid-for set-ups by his family out of a misguided act of protection. With this revelation, Tsan pleads with Yee-Tai to train him in the form of combat that led to his defeat: Wing Chun. Yee-Tai, with the help of fellow Wing Chun master Wong Wah-Bo (Hung), will train Tsan to not only be as skilled as he once thought he was, but even better. Though a mysterious challenger (Frankie Chan) and his ruthless Manchu bodyguards may end the journey before it can even begin... Winning the award for Best Action Choreography at the inaugural Hong Kong Film Awards in 1982, The Prodigal Son is considered by many to be not only one of the best films to showcase the style of Wing Chun, but also one of the best martial arts films of all time, with some of the most tightly choreographed and fast paced fight scenes that remain just as jaw-dropping over four decades later!

Release Country

United States

Barcode

760137132271

Release Date

9/12/2023

Media Type

Movie

Audio

  Cantonese     
  Chinese/Mandarin     
  English     
  Commentary     
  Commentary     

Digital Copy

Not Included

Studio

Golden Harvest Company/Paragon Films Ltd./Fortune Star Media Limited/Arrow Films

Subtitles

English

Video Format

1080p

Aspect Ratio

2.35:1

Cover Type

Keep Case (HD, Low)

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Cast
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Biao Yuen

Leung Chang
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Ching-Ying Lam

Leung Yee-tai
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Sammo Hung Kam-Bo

Wong Wah-bo
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Frankie Chan

Ngai Fei
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Lung Chan

Yee Tong-choi
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Yau Hau Chan

Chang's father
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Ching Po Chang

Opera troupe manager
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Hsi Chang

Doctor
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Wellson Chin

Master Mun
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Yuet Sang Chin

Chang's Kungfu teacher
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Fat Chung

Mr Law
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Wai-han Ho

Twiggy
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Hoi Sang Lee

Chang's Kungfu teacher
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Wen Tai Li

Angry Kungfu master
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Ching Lin

Chang's mother
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James Tien

One-armed Man
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Yue Ting

Local official
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Hsieh Wang

Lord Sengge Rinchen (as Hap Wong)
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Dick Wei

Mr Suen
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Pai Wei

Au Ru-Kwai
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Ma Wu

Iron Palm
Crew
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Sammo Hung Kam-Bo

Director
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Sammo Hung Kam-Bo

Writer
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Barry Wong

Writer
Other Editions
Disc Title Front Cover

Prodigal Son

(DVD)

5/17/2004

Disc Title Front Cover

The Prodigal Son

(DVD)

11/14/2000

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