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That is just the cherry on top. Once you get through the first half hour, which is relatively slow(it does have some fighting), the movie is non stop action that just gets better and better as it builds to the final confrontation. There is a lot of comedy in the first half of the film and it is very exaggerated. Some of it is really funny though. For those of you who don't care for the humor, don't worry, it soon goes away and the whoopin's begin and they never stop. Also, there are as many or even more acrobatic moves and manuevers done by Yuen Biao than in any Jackie Chan film. Not stunts so much, more flips and flying around while fighting. It's great.
As for the DVD itself, it has dolby 5.1 sound and the picture is a great restoration and transfer in an anamorphic widescreen format. You can choose subtitles or english dubbed audio. The voice of Yuen Biao is really a good one.Read more ›
Knockabout is the fourth film directed by Sammo Hung and is one of the many hybrid Kung Fu comedies (Mo Lai Tau style) produced by Golden Harvest that were popular in the late 70's Hong Kong like Drunken Master (1978) and Hung's earlier film Enter the Fat Dragon (1978). While it was not the resounding success that Drunken Master was, it has had a resurgence in popularity the past few years.
Biao stars as Hei Yu (also called Little John in the subtitles) as a congenial con-artist with his brother Big John (Leung Kar-Yan: Warriors Two, The Postman Strikes Back) who have to cheat or steal to stay fed. After a successful scam on a cheating gold exchange cashier (working off the old adage that the best people to con are the ones who think they are conning you), they decide to gamble their profit at the local casino. They are quite unsuccessful at it and get beat up when unbeknownst to them they try to fool a gambling house with fake money. But like the consummate con-men they are, if they fail once, they will look for another mark.Read more ›
The plot is by the numbers and the humor silly and rarely funny yet this movie still rocks. All 4 leads are excellent athletes, though Biao steps up nicely as numero uno. The fights start pretty well, and get better and better as the film goes on. By the time Biao starts training with Sammo the movie is in full-on overdrive. The training scenes are UNBELIEVABLE. Throw in Garbage Boxing and some of the best Monkey Style ever put to film and this is a no-brainer.
This is another of the Sammo classics released by 20th Century Fox. All of which are remastered, widescreened, and have multiple language and subtitle options. Now if only they'd tackle "The Victim". Yuen Biao is said to be the most underrated martial arts talent out there. I would have to lean a little more toward Hsiao Hou, only because Biao has had a lot more starring roles. Both of their versions of Monkey Style are amazing and for different reasons. Though if there was a visual debate, the jump rope scene in this one may sway the undecided in Biao's favor.Read more ›
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Yuen Biao & Sammo Hung star in this great movie. If you think you've seen it all as far as "Jackie Chan style" martial arts/humor/stunts goes, you are dead wrong. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by Scarlett
As all but one lone voice have given this film the credit it deserves I think I should point out to any 'old skool' kung fu flic fans that this great film comes with a (to my ears,... Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by Ram McD
Yeah ! This is one of the best underrated kung fu flicks of the kung fu era as it stars Yuen Biao, Samo Hung, and Leung Kar Yan just as the genre was coming to an end. Read morePublished on June 3, 2010 by C. Sem
Not his first movie but his first starring role, there is no better film to witness Yuen Biao's incredible talent then right here in 1979's Knockabout. Read morePublished on September 14, 2007 by D. Wilson
I finally got to see what everybody was talking about with this. A true kung fu classic and one of the best ever for sure. Read morePublished on January 11, 2007 by morgoth
This flick is definately amount the top best performance,,Sammo Hung,,,the most impressive monkey style kung fu ever!! Read morePublished on May 11, 2006 by M. Beckford
I'm a big fan of kung fu movies. Not wire-fu movies so much. Hero wasn't my cup of tea, and I think Crouching Tiger would've been a hundred times better if they left out the... Read morePublished on March 16, 2006 by T. Reilly
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