7.2/10
849
10 user 18 critic

Dirty Ho (1976)

Lan tou He (original title)
A prince enlists a thief to serve as his bodyguard to protect him from assassins.

Director:

Chia-Liang Liu

Writer:

Kuang Ni
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Three men, crippled by an evil warlord, become friends and learn kung fu with the help of an old teacher and his idiot pupil.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Kuan-Tai Chan, Feng Lu, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A Chinese man (Liu) marries a Japanese woman through an arranged marriage and manages to insult all of her Japanese martial arts family by issuing a challenge to her that is misinterpreted ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Yuka Mizuno, Yasuaki Kurata
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A couple unite - she is fluent in the crane style of kung fu, he in tiger style. They have a son, but the boy's father is killed by the evil eunuch Bai Mei. Disguised as a girl, his mom ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Lieh Lo, Yue Wong
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A group of bandits kidnaps the governor's son and demands their imprisoned leader to be set free in exchange.

Director: King Hu
Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Hua Yueh, Chih-Ching Yang
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two martial arts schools prepare for an important tournament.

Director: Chang-hwa Jeong
Stars: Lieh Lo, Ping Wang, Hsiung Chao
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The Yang family was the loyal strong-arm of the Imperial army. But a jealous General betrays the Eilte Spearman and their father to the opposing Mongol army. After an ambush of a battle, ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Sheng Fu, Lily Li
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When thugs prey upon innocent factory workers, a small-time scammer trains for revenge by studying the moves of Shaolin temple monks.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lung Wei Wang, Hou Hsiao
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The monk Hung Wen-Ting fights against the evil priest White Lotus.

Director: Lieh Lo
Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Lung Wei Wang
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A band of killers from an ailing kung fu and magic society are sent on a manhunt for a former member of the society, whose bad mouthing threatens it's existence.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Chia-Liang Liu, Chia Yung Liu, Kara Wai
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A man studies kung fu at the Shaolin Temple to fight back against the oppressive Manchu government.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When five ninjas whose fighting styles are based on natural elements unleash their fury on a rival school, a lone survivor vows deadly revenge.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Tien-Chi Cheng, Tien Hsiang Lung, Meng Lo
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A noble swordsman, whose arm had been chopped off, returns to his former teacher to defend him from a villainous gang of rival swordsmen.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Chiao Chiao, Chung-Hsin Huang
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Yue Wong ... 'Dirty' Ho Jen
Chia-Hui Liu ... Wang Tsun Hsin - 11th prince
Lieh Lo ... General Liang
Lung Wei Wang ... Fan Chin-Kong
Hou Hsiao Hou Hsiao ... Hsia Liu (as Hsiao Ho)
Wilson Tong ... Mr. Chu (as Tang Wei Cheng)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lung Chan ... Bitter Face
Ming-Wai Chan ... (as Ming-Wei Chen)
Szu-Chia Chen
Wing-Hon Cheung ... (as Yung-Han Chang)
Han Chiang
Tien-Chu Chin
Miao Ching
Ming Fung
Bao-Hsing Ho Bao-Hsing Ho
Edit

Storyline

Prince Wang is the 11th prince of Manchuria and an excellent martial artist, but prefers not to draw attention to himself and keeps a low profile, posing as a merchant who deals in wine, antiques and paintings. He has a run-in with Ho Jen, a simple thief who makes a living by stealing and spending loot wherever he can. The Prince takes a liking to the thief and enlists him to be his bodyguard, something Ho takes to very reluctantly at first. But when a conspiracy unfolds and the Prince is targeted for assassination, Ho must undertake a serious training regime to protect his master. Written by Shaw

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

To Live You Fight Dirty or You Are Dead

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

4 August 1979 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Dirty Ho See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

'Dirty' Ho Jen: [looks at the wine merchant assassins Wang dispatched] What happened to them?
Wang Tsun Hsin - 11th prince: They're... uh... drunk.
'Dirty' Ho Jen: Huh? What about you?
Wang Tsun Hsin - 11th prince: Just a bit...
See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature Dirty Ho fighting off competing robbers for loot, and Prince Wang engaging in a sparring match. The two run into each other, and the Prince forces Ho to face his own opponents. The credits end with Ho declaring the Prince as his master. See more »

Connections

Featured in Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Fast-Moving Stranger
(uncredited)
Music by Don Harper
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Unmatched Kung Fu poetry
14 January 2005 | by ChungMoSee all my reviews

This is one of the films that sears itself into your mind forever unless kung fu films are a real turn off. Even when it was only watchable in poorly centered TV prints the brilliance of the action shined thru. Filmed towards the end of the golden age of the Shaw Brothers Studios, Dirty Ho rates as the top of the genre. The way the fights are choreographed is mesmerizing and I have spent hours rewinding the scenes to see exactly how the director orchestrated the camera and actors. It incredible how the movement progresses. I defy anyone to come up with something as subtle yet outrageous as the wine scene or the antique scene. The scenes in "House of Flying Daggers" are quite impressive but everything is computer assisted exaggeration. Here the only tricks are what could be done with editing and camera movement (O.K. maybe a few wires). You can see that most of the work is being done by the highly talented actors.

When this is re-released, buy it!


17 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed