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Billy Chan , Lung Chan  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Billy Chan, Lung Chan, Fat Chung, Ching-Ying Lam, Hoi San Lee
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: Cantonese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002CR08G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,287 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Knockabout" on IMDb

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Little John (Yuen Biao, Once Upon a Time In China, Prodigal Son) and brother Big John (Leung Kar Yan) Make a living out of crooking and swindling. Their tricks turn sour and they find themselves stripped of cash with nowhere to turn to. Desperate for protection, they scurry under the wings of Silver Fox, only to pay a heavy price when they discover their master is a conman with a violent past. Salvation comes in the unlikely shape of Fatty the beggar (Sammo Hung), who shows them what real kung fu is all about.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yuen Biao Is Incredible! September 15, 2004
Another Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao gem. This one has it all: good story, good comedy(maybe too much, but still good), and some of the most ridiculously awesome fight and training scenes I've ever seen. Yuen Biao gets the leading role and performs amazingly. A brief paraphrase of the story is two brothers, Little John(Yuen Biao) and Big John(Leung Kar Yan), are con men. They run across a man who they try to set up and it backfires on them. Eventually, this man becomes their master and trains them. Then comes the twist in the polt(I won't say what it is). Yuen Biao ends up teaming up with Sammo to take on his master, and what a fight it is. It is probably 10 minutes long and could be the best two on one fight I've ever seen. Just to give you a piece, part of the fight Sammo and Yuen both perform monkey style against the master who does a type of snake style with a pipe. I was in awe.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "There's no power like old power!" -- Jia Wu Dao May 7, 2008
Yuen Biao never got the acclaim that his Peking Opera brothers Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan obtained (all part of the Seven Little Fortunes), but for martial art movie fans he is still widely appreciated. His breakout in the Hong Kong film industry was his first starring role in Knockabout in 1979. Of course, it helped that the director was Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, but Yuen's reputation was solid for his years of stunt work, being an extra and doubling actors for dangerous or acrobatic scenes (he would continue to do that after this film). This film is full of underappreciated martial artists and performers though.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hackneyed story can't deter Sammo & Biao June 29, 2008
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Yuen Biao gets his first starring role in this well-directed and even better choreographed Sammo Hung film. Biao and Leung Kar Yan play Little and Big John, con men who aren't really very good at their craft. Strapped for cash, they end up getting the crap kicked out of them by Koo Wu Tai (Lau Kar Wing) who eventually takes them both as students. Their kung fu improves, just in time to take on some enemies of their master. With the new students' help, the foes are all defeated. All is well until Little John witnesses his master in some morally objectionable activities. After a brawl with their master that leaves Big John in a compost heap, Little John comes to train with the Fat Beggar (Sammo) to take revenge.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Jackie Chan and want more crazy martial arts and stunts and...
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 more
Published 23 months ago by Scarlett
4.0 out of 5 stars So good even a duff modern dub doesn't distract!
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 more
Published on March 12, 2012 by Ram McD
5.0 out of 5 stars Knockabout all about
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 more
Published on June 3, 2010 by C. Sem
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to YUEN BIAO!
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 more
Published on September 14, 2007 by D. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite Sammo film
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 more
Published on January 11, 2007 by morgoth
4.0 out of 5 stars Old "skool" kunk fu
This flick is definately amount the top best performance,,Sammo Hung,,,the most impressive monkey style kung fu ever!! Read more
Published on May 11, 2006 by M. Beckford
5.0 out of 5 stars Knockabout is a great kung fu movie
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 more
Published on March 16, 2006 by T. Reilly
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny kon fu almost anime like
This movie you have to wachet with eyes of a children and you will enjoy it allot, the kun fu is good but i think is more of a comedy than a kUn fu movie.
Published on August 27, 2005 by Humberto Alvarado
5.0 out of 5 stars Knockabout, fact or fiction?
This DVD owns so much that, when you go to sleep at night, it comes alive and gives your stupid guy DVDs wedgies and sleeps with your girly DVDs. Read more
Published on April 23, 2004
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