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Half a Loaf of Kung Fu (1978)

Yi zhao ban shi chuang jiang hu (original title)
R | | Action, Comedy | 1985 (USA)
A young man poses as "the Whip King" and collects the reward for a bandit he has seen killed by a famous bounty hunter. He must now learn Kung Fu if he is to live up to this new persona and conquer the enemies he has inherited.

Director:

Chi-Hwa Chen

Writer:

Ming Chi Tang
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jackie Chan ... Jiang (as Jacky Chan)
Chun-Erh Lung Chun-Erh Lung ... Fong
Jeong-Nam Kim ... Chin Ping Lu (as Jeong-nan Kim)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chih-Ping Chiang Chih-Ping Chiang
Kang Chin ... Thousand-Faces (as Kong Kam)
Kang Ho
Ti Hsieh Ti Hsieh
Hang Hsu Hang Hsu
Yuan Hsu Yuan Hsu
Han Chang Hu
Sae Ok Kim Sae Ok Kim ... Man Wearing Leopard Skin
Chi-Lun Li
Hai Lung Li Hai Lung Li
Min-Lang Li ... Xu Tai Chung (Man Fighting with Whip Hero)
Wen Tai Li ... Beggar
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Storyline

Mostly a Kung-fu showcase; a loose script describes Jackie Chan's character learning Kung-fu from a beggar-master and his pupil while guarding a caravan from bandits. Chan's early comedic beginnings are shown here. Written by <jasona@sco.com>

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Action | Comedy

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Country:

Taiwan | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Half a Loaf of Kung Fu See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Runtime:

(video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Jiang: If I'm lying, then I'm a son of a bitch.
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Alternate Versions

UK video version is cut by 3m 7s. In 2002 all previous cuts were waived by the BBFC. See more »

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Nothing special, but pretty enjoyable for an early Jackie outing
24 July 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

The film starts off well enough with the spoofy opening titles, where Chan adopts a number of famous roles – such as Zatoichi – and mercilessly takes the mick with them. From there on, it's pretty much typical comedy kung-fu nonsense for an hour; most of it tests the patience, but some of it is funny. This is certainly a fast paced movie with numerous characters; Chan is a kid who ends up impersonating the Whip Hero, then there are lots of different groups of bad guys who end up getting involved with him. There's an odious beggar, an evil witch, and guys with moustaches and long hair which usually turns out to be fake. Add in some kick-ass femme fatales and an old DRUNKEN MASTER style teacher with some killer moves, and you have a generic but fun outing.

The film definitely improves in the final half hour, in which a cargo of treasure is ambushed by all the bandits at once. Non-stop kung fu takes place until the very end of the film, with decent fighting and comedy in between to make it more entertaining – like Chan trying to learn new moves whilst being beaten pretty bad. The film has a weird sense of humour, no doubting that; there's a dream where Chan turns into Popeye (yep, the music is here again) and he does stuff like throw eggs at the bad guys to repel them. The ending is pretty violent with broken arms and necks. The varied characters and their mannerisms always entertain. The dubbing is the same as that in most of Chan's films from this era, annoying but sometimes funny with it. Nothing special, but pretty good for one of Jackie's '70s movies.


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