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Hong Kong Godfather

Leung Kar-yan , Norman Tsui , Wang Lung-wei  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Leung Kar-yan, Norman Tsui
  • Directors: Wang Lung-wei
  • Format: Widescreen, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Stereo), Chinese (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00347AK06
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,338 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hong Kong Godfather" on IMDb

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The Triad underworld is at war in 1985’s Hong Kong Godfather, a blood-splattered tale of revenge, sex, and corruption. A violent new gang is hacking away at crime boss Szetu Han’s power. When the old man and his family are viciously murdered, Han’s three most trusted men – retired killer Mad Wei, hitman Playboy Lung, and Sergeant Wen, a city cop – undertake a brutal campaign of street justice. Featuring iconic martial arts villain Shih Chien (Bruce Lee’s diabolical nemesis in Enter the Dragon), Hong Kong Godfather has long been considered one of the hardest to obtain titles from the Shaw Brothers canon – until now.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The Shaw Brothers have created over a thousand films and with several having been aired on US television and some being released on video, and as most people tend to think of martial arts when it comes to the Shaw Brothers, they have also done several films outside of martial arts. A perfect example is their 1985 film "Hong Kong Godfather" (Jian dong xiao xiong).

"Hong Kong Godfather" revolves around three buddies who are part of a triad gang. Playboy Lung is one of the higher ups in the triad, while Wen is now a sergeant in the police and Wei is the former hack and slash member who has retired from the gang and now living a peaceful life and raising his teenage daughter. Each of these men are loyal to triad leader Uncle Han.

But there is a bit of dissension within the gang as one of their own members who doesn't get along with Playboy Lung is working with the rival gang and planning to kill of Uncle Han, his family and everyone who is a member of their triad.

When the rival gang goes after Playboy and nearly kills him, both Wei and Sergeant Wen know they must help their friend out and avenge their fallen uncle the best way they know how...by machetes.

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So far, each Shaw Brothers release that FUNimation Entertainment has looked quite solid. Thanks to Celestial Pictures going through major remastering and restoration for many of the Shaw Bros. films, "Hong Kong Godfather" looks pretty good for a 1985 film. But where there martial arts film doesn't seem so dated, "Hong Kong Godfather" reeks of '80s fashion and music. From the "Miami Vice" clothing, the Crockett and Tubs hairstyle (yes, the mullet is in full-effect) and more.

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"Hong Kong Godfather" is presented in Cantonese.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hyperactive Kung fu Mayhem December 1, 2011
Format:DVD
This is a unique movie for the Shaw Brothers, good for them for trying to break the mold (that they created) every once in a while. It's a sort of slow moving gangster movie until the end when one of the wackiest and bloodiest kung fu battles takes place, It has to be seen to be believed.

There is even a scene where a child runs up and starts trying to hit a bad guy, the man picks up the kids and breaks him over his knee then throws him out a window. I wasn't expecting it so it was really shocking but I couldn't help but laugh (it's a hard movie to take seriously.)

But as I said, the final fight scene is what makes the movie. Think the final fight from Kill Bill Vol.1, meets Benny Hill..

The DVD is very nice, although there no special features. The Picture quality is excellent and that packaging and menu design are really cool (As are the rest of the Celestial Pictures/Funimation DVD releases).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Triad gang fights. Lots of blood. November 30, 2013
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Very good mid 1980's Hong Kong gangster film with more than average bloodshed, which means that there is a lot of blood in this film.
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