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Magnificent Butcher

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Hailed as one of the greatest kung-fu movies of all time, Magnificent Butcher is a powerhouse of martial arts action starring Hong Kong Legend Sammo Hung ("Martial Law" - hit TV series), and directed by Yuen Woo-ping who brought his highly inventive fight choreography to blockbuster hits "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "The Matrix". A student at master Wong-Fei-hung's martial academy, chubby and likeable butcher Lam Sai-wing (Sammo Hung) constantly lands in trouble - no more so than when he comes to the rescue of Kao Da-Hoi (Yuen Biao), the son of Master Ko (Lee Hoi-san) who heads opposing kung-fu school the Five Dragons. The good-hearted Sai-wing never suspects that Da-hoi is plotting against him by orchestrating a series of events to frame Sai-wing for murder of Da-hoi's half-sister. Hot for vengeance and to clear his good name, sai-wing first faces off against Da-hoi, leading to the ultimate martial arts showdown when Sammo Hung launches his 'five animals' against lee Hoi-san's 'five elements' fung-fu style!

Special Features

  • Exclusive amazing Sammo Hung music video
  • Sammo Hung and Yuen Woo-ping movie photo galleries and biographies
  • Movie photo gallery
  • New and original trailers
  • Original promotional material

Product Details

  • Actors: Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, Tak-Hing Kwan, Biao Yuen, Pai Wei, Mei Sheng Fan
  • Directors: Woo-Ping Yuen
  • Writers: Edward Tang, Jing Wong
  • Producers: Louis Sit, Raymond Chow
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Chinese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Chinese
  • 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 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008WJE3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,584 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Magnificent Butcher" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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Wow! You will find yourself thinking this quite often as you watch this great movie. I bought this without having seen it before based on some of these reviews and seeing it on some listmania lists as a great kung fu film. This was also the first Sammo Hung movie I had ever seen. I could not be more satisfied. I admit I was a bit skeptical, but after the first half hour I was thinking of how I had really scored with this one.

First off, Sammo Hung blew me away! I had no idea how quick, agile, and fast he was. His kung fu is flawless. Well, Yuen Woo-Ping doing the choreography certainly helps. Sammo does around six different styles himself and the other actors throw in about six more. Some unique ones are monkey pole and wild cat styles. There are plenty of fight scenes to keep the pace of the film high and always moving (probably one every ten minutes, sometimes even sooner). This movie also has good comedy for an old kung fu flick, not just silliness. The story of the movie is basic but still good. It is about how butcher Wing(Sammo Hung) gets into trouble when his master, Wong Fei Hung, is away and he must deal with it on his own. He is framed for a crime and must prove his innocence while trying to constantly defend himself from attempts on his life.

Well, the movie has no flaws so how about the DVD itself you ask. It's perfect. This is an extremely good digital transfer of the film. I am speaking of the Fox/Fortune Star version. I do not know about the HK version. The sound is excellent, Dolby 5.1 with no background noise at all(the english dubbed version that is). The voices for the dubbing are still the old original ones but they have a high sound quality.
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There's not much more I can say that hasn't already been said about this movie. It's a great film and it's got Sammo Hung--enough said. The first copy I received (Tai Seng) had severe read problems from 3/4 to the end of the movie and it was unwatchable. Amazon replaced my DVD and I was able to watch the movie in its entirety. I placed it on a shelf for six months and one day I decided I'd watch it for the second time. The same problem cropped up! Either there is a problem with the process they use to make this particular DVD or the CD's they're using are flawed. I've not had any other problems with Tai Seng videos, so I am assuming it's a glitch in the copy process for this particular movie. Beware and check your DVD frequently, play it multiple times if you have to--to ensure yours won't go bad before the 30 day replacement/refund period. I'm resigned to the fact I'll have to order another copy. Don't let the fear of a bad DVD make you pass up this movie though. The picture and colors are wonderful--much better than any other Sammo Hung film I own. Buy it and enjoy. :o)
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First off, I love this movie because it is a bit older and it competes with today's best. Secondly, Even though there is a bit of China-style slapstick, Lam Sai Wing is'nt pictured as the bumbling fool that most other Wong Fei Hung movies depict him as these days. According to history, Lam was Wong's best student. This movie doesn't try to defy that. Third, the Kung Fu is wireless and fluid. Reason number four is the appearance of Kwan Tak Hing. He is truly the best at doing Wong Fei Hung and it shows, especially in the calligraphy duel scene. Last but not least, some traditional Hung gar is displayed, and I like to see the style in a Kung Fu flick kept true. Oh, and there is a bit of humor and Sammo looks as agile as a cat.
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I bought this movie because I like to watch the mind boggling acrobatic martial arts work done by Yuen Biao, and his photo is very prominent on the cover of the movie. However, Biao has a fairly minor role in this film with one excellent fight sequence towards the middle while he is defending Master Wong's school with Wei Pei. "Magnificent Butcher" is directed by Yuen Woo Ping, who helped Keanu Reeves with the martial arts scenes in "Matrix". Woo Ping also directed the popular Jackie Chan film "Drunken Master". "Magnificent Butcher" features excellent martial arts moves, and although Samo is not the slimmest guy around, he is amazingly fast and agile. The odd movie title comes from the fact that Samo's character is pork vendor "Butcher Wing". The movie is billed as a comedy and it does have many lighter moments, but theses are mixed in with an attempted rape, a woman being suffocated, and a fatal stabbing. Actor Kwan Tak-Hing is always elegant and interesting to watch as Wong Fei- Hung. Lam Ching Ying has a cameo role. The slimy, bad guy is played to perfection by Fong Hak-On, who has played a villian in several Jackie Chan Movies including "Police Story". Samo portrays a martial arts student learning under the tutelage of Master Wong, while master is away Samo is framed for the murder of the goddaughter of the opposing school's teacher. A liquor swilling hobo tutors samo in various new martial arts forms and prepares him to defend his name and honor. If you like watching martial arts, this movie has many extended fight sequences. Myriad classic martial arts weapons are used including paintbrushes, fans, swords, and staffs.Read more ›
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