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22 December 1981 (Hong Kong) See more »
A rich man's son (Yuen Biao) believes himself to be the best kung fu fighter in Canton. Unfortunately... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Unbelievable movie. Utterly flawless. See more (24 total) »


  (in credits order)

Biao Yuen ... Leung Chang

Ching-Ying Lam ... Leung Yee-tai

Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Wong Wah-bo
Frankie Chan ... Ngai Fei
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lung Chan ... Yee Tong-choi
Yau Hau Chan ... Chang's father
Ching Po Chang ... Opera troupe manager
Hsi Chang ... Doctor
Wellson Chin ... Master Mun
Yuet Sang Chin ... Chang's Kungfu teacher
Fat Chung ... Mr Law
Kwok Wing Ha (as Kuo-Yung Hsia)
Wai-Hon Ho ... Twiggy
Shou-Chieh Lai (as Sau-Kit Lai)
Hoi Sang Lee ... Chang's Kungfu teacher
Wen Tai Li ... Angry Kungfu master
Ching Lin ... Chang's mother
Min Kan Ng ... Master Mun's Man
Yun-Chiang Peng
James Tien ... One-armed Man
Yue Ting ... Local official

Hsieh Wang ... Lord Sengge Rinchen (as Hap Wong)
Dick Wei ... Mr Suen
Pai Wei ... Au Ru-Kwai

Wu Ma ... Iron Palm

Directed by
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung 
Barry Wong 
Jing Wong 

Produced by
Raymond Chow .... executive producer
Raymond Chow .... producer
Leonard Ho .... producer
Original Music by
Frankie Chan 
Phil Chen 
Cinematography by
Ricky Lau 
Film Editing by
Peter Cheung 
Production Management
Chi-Chung Liu .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leung Chin .... assistant director
Ricky Lau .... assistant director
Billy Chan .... stunt coordinator
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung .... stunt coordinator
Ching-Ying Lam .... stunt coordinator
Biao Yuen .... stunt coordinator
Editorial Department
Simon Broderick .... colorist
Other crew
Yao-Liang Chang .... script supervisor
Guy Lai .... consultant: Wing Chun
Ching-Ying Lam .... action choreographer
Phillip Ng .... script supervisor (as Yiu-Kwong Ng)
Chia-Chen Tu .... production assistant (as Ka Jing To)

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Also Known As:
"The Prodigal Son" - Hong Kong (English title), International (English title)
"Bai jia zi" - Hong Kong (Mandarin title)
"Pull No Punches" -
"Son Ruining the Family" - Hong Kong (Cantonese title) (literal title)
"Блудният син" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Блудный сын" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"A Vingança do Filho Pródigo" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"A tékozló fiú" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Die Todesfaust des kleinen Drachen" - Germany (imdb display title)
"El hijo prodigo" - Spain
"O asotos yios" - Greece (DVD title)
"Prodigal Son" - France (DVD title)
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Rated R for martial arts violence
USA:100 min | Hong Kong:104 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | New Zealand:R13 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R (certificate #40491)

Did You Know?

Leung Chang:Yee Tai, tell me the truth. Is my kung fu really that bad?
Leung Yee Tai:It is. You don't even know the basics.
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Unbelievable movie. Utterly flawless., 10 July 2006
Author: lz_z

This has got to be one of the best movies I've ever seen. Ever. Its so good that I can watch over and over and over again. The Wing Chun kung fu choreography is the best I've ever seen anywhere and I've seen pretty much most Kung fu flicks. While the rest of the fights have brilliant grace, the final fight between Lam Ching Ying and Frankie Chan is brutal and has more realistic angry punches than kung fu grace, all to win at all costs. The story, screenplay, cinematography and direction are all brilliant. While I'm aware that the English dubbing may not totally reflect the dialog, it also comes out as hilarious and well done. The characters are really amazing. Its also unbelievable that high flying, poorly choreographed crap like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is made even after stuff like this came out in the early 80s!

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