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My Young Auntie (1981)

Chia-Liang Liu , Kara Hui , Chia-Liang Liu  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Chia-Liang Liu, Kara Hui, Hou Hsiao, Lung Wei Wang, Tung-Kua Ai
  • Directors: Chia-Liang Liu
  • Writers: Chia-Liang Liu
  • Producers: Chia-Hsi Huang, Mona Fong, Run Run Shaw
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MM0LEQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,901 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Young Auntie" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Interview with star Kara Hui
  • Commentary by film critics Andy Klein and Elvis Mitchell
  • Interview with film scholars David Chute and Andy Klein
  • Stills gallery
  • Trailer gallery
  • Commentator biographies

Editorial Reviews

(Action/Comedy) A young woman marries a dying senior member of a martial arts family in order to protect her family’s fortunes, leading to a duel with a greedy relative.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By morgoth
Format:DVD
When the master of a huge kung fu family is dying, he marries a gorgeous young woman so that his somewhat evil brother (played by Johnny Wang Lung Wei) won't inherit all of his possessions. Wang Lung Wei being the villain that he is looks to steal the will when his brother dies. Kara Hui plays the aunt and goes to take the will to her late husband's other brother (Lau Kar Leung). Lau gives himself a rare lead role and his son is played by his real life disciple, Hsiao Hou. Hsiao Hou has plans to make his grand aunt look like a fool.

Lau Kar Leung's comedy is on full display in this classic. Hsiao Hou and Gordon Liu play friends in the movie and there are plenty of odd situations, such as fencing at a masquerade party.

If you are not a fan of Lau's comedies, I can guarantee that you won't like this movie. But if you do like his comedy then you can expect this to be one of his very best. Almost a 5 star movie, but it could have used a couple more good fights.

If you are someone who watches these movies just for the fights, you may want to at least take a glance at this. The final fight between Wang Lung Wei and Lau Kar Leung is a short masterpiece. Wilson Tong has 2 very good fights, and there is no better choice than having the chiseled Kwang Young Moon play the iron skin master. His fights could have been better, but this movie is so star studded it can easily be forgiven. Yuen Tak gets in some good fencing action, and so does Gordon Liu, while wearing a blonde wig!

4/5

Picture quality is perfect. I didn't spot a single blemish. The mono Mandarin track sounds good. No Cantonese track unfortunately. The English dub is the way to go since it gives a better translation than the subtitles.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Liu brother classic remastered! March 4, 2008
Format:DVD
I noticed an error in the details; the screen format is 2:35:1, not 1:66:1, and there are quite a few extras like an awesome 22 minute interview with the "Young Auntie" herself, Kara Hui Ying-Hung and original widescreen Shaw Brothers trailers. This is NOT a bootleg, this is a re-mastered version of a great Liu Chia-liang (Lau Kar-leung) movie. I'm not going to go into the plot, but I will say that this one is a Liu comedy. If his brand of comedy appeals to you, you will definitely enjoy this. Besides, the fu (choreography by Liu & Hsiao Hou) is absolutely incredible. Many great cameos by Gordon Liu (who sings and plays guitar here), Kwon Young-Moon, Wilson Tong & Yuen Tak (one of Jackie Chan's classmates during their Opera school days). Many great set-pieces including a ballroom dance turning into an all-out brawl, European fencing versus Chinese swordplay & the numerous martial bouts towards the film's end, culminating with a fantastic bout between Johnny Wang & Liu Chia-liang (seen on the bottom of the DVD's cover). In short, a classic Liu Chia-liang comedy, a great looking DVD by Dragon Dynasty; crisp, blemish- free picture, widescreen, clear audio & re-mastered subtitles. However, stay away from the English dub & the audio commentary, quite simply, stinks on ice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTERPIECE! September 2, 2011
By Music79
Format:DVD
This is a MASTERPIECE! The story line,comedy and action is flawless! You must get this film! You won't be disappointed! The final fight is one of the BEST in the Kung fu cinema genre!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a swaggerful young auntie August 30, 2010
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Not that the gorgeous, skillful Kara Hui starred in so many classic martial arts pictures, but for damn sure she made an impact in her day. MY YOUNG AUNTIE - which to me is much cooler than its alternative title FANGS OF THE TIGRESS - is Kara Hui's breakout film. Much like Cheng Pei Pei before her and Michelle Yeoh after her, Kara Hui had no formal martial arts training and so relied heavily on her dance background to help her transition into martial arts cinema. Her performance in MY YOUNG AUNTIE earned her Best Actress honors in the 1982 inaugural Hong Kong Film Awards.

She plays Cheng Tai-Nan, a young woman who, at a dying old man's request, marries him so that his wealth and holdings don't end up in the clutches of his evil brother. Lau Kar-Leung (a.k.a. Liu Chia-Liang) directs and, as is his wont, he gives himself a plum role, this time that of Cheng Tai-Nan's benevolent nephew. I'm certain it won't be lost on the viewer that Lau Kar-Leung is much older than his very young auntie. An amusing early scene on the docks certainly mines this arsebackwards age discrepancy. But Lau Kar-Leung is a gracious filmmaker and he allows his two younger stars to get the brunt of screen time. And the camera loves, loves, loves Kara Hui, with her exquisite smirk and elegance and attitude and mad skills.

MY YOUNG AUNTIE tries on several hats. It's a kung fu actioner, a zany comedy, and, at one point, a musical. Humor being such a subjective animal, whether you favor MY YOUNG AUNTIE or not will ultimately depend on if you can stand the slapstick routines which dominate the film. Admittedly, for me, I think its two hours' running time may be too long, and by that I mean that it allows for too much silliness to go down. The sequence with the masquerade ball is particularly brutal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Kung Fu Comedy March 6, 2010
By Mantis
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This classic Shaw Brothers film is a romantic Kung Fu comedy. The young heroine, Dai Nan, marries a dying patriarch to safeguard his estate from a villainous third brother. She must deliver the will and estate papers over to the 4th child, Jing Chuen, of the good brother.

The comedy develops from the generational differences among them. The heroine is now by marriage the aunt of the much older silver-haired nephew, Jing Chuen. He must treat her with great deference befitting an elderly family matriarch. Yet, the auntie, (played by a sixteen year old Kara Hui) is very young, gorgeous, a total knock out. A romantic interest develops between the young auntie and the nephew's son, Ah Tao (played by Hsiao Hou). Auntie denies it. There is a rivalry between the two as each tries to outdo the other in Kung Fu, front flips, and general showing off reminiscent of Irving Berlin's song "Anything you can do". During one of their skirmishes, they break some antiques surrounding the family's ancestral shrine. Auntie takes full advantage of her special family status to order (gleefully) the most draconian punishment she can dish out to Ah Tao.

There is a lot of slapstick comedy and gags, such as a hard Kung practitioner whose skin bends knives and swords. One unforgettable scene involves Kara Hui dressed in an elegant cheung-sam and silk stockings, fighting off some young street hooligans. If you miss blood and gore, this movie is not for you. There are no horror scenes. Nobody dies.

There are numerous weapons scenes. There is some fencing: rapier vs. Chinese sword, rapier vs. short knife, (yes, you heard right) with hilarious strategies and results. The blade work upstages the staff, whip chain and other weapons. Great fun to watch!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars My Young Auntie
Lau Kar Liang is the Kung Fu Master and his protege' Kara Hui shows why she still is admired by people the world over, today...
Published 5 months ago by Brian Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Wushu
Classic Wushu! Loved it. The moves, a woman, and LOTS of action making this one of the best recently watched :)
Published 10 months ago by David Girouard
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Shaw Brother's Best
Directed by Chia-Liang Liu, many consider this to be one of the four definitive martial arts movie in the Shaw Brother collection, with some of the best sword fighting and unarmed... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Hwang
3.0 out of 5 stars Old school kung-fu movie
This movie was okay, the story line could have been better.
The real fight scenes where good. The dance stuff in costumes just wasn't funny to me. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Movie Watcher
4.0 out of 5 stars mr turner
this movie was funny how the china actors was dressing like american in this movie and very funny i would recmmend this movie
Published 20 months ago by David A. Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Martial Arts Action
For anyone interested in the Martial Arts genre, this film will provide excellent entertainment. Lots of action and a reasonable story line.
Published 20 months ago by Geza Sturm
4.0 out of 5 stars lady fighter
Great fighting with alittle comedy it was great i really like her style of fighting it was fast and with class then when the final fight with the dad and uncle was ok
Published 23 months ago by tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Hsiao Hou and Kara Hui are spectacular
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This movie is so underrated and timeless. I've watched a lot of Kung Fu movies with plots set in the 1980s in modern Hong Kong cities. Read more
Published on February 18, 2011 by Eternal Rainbow
5.0 out of 5 stars Kung-Fu and Comedy!
I really enjoyed this movie.

The story premise is good. A young girl marries an older man in order to save his martial arts school from being taken over by an evil... Read more
Published on November 21, 2010 by Thomas Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars This Aunt packs a punch and kick
This was a great movie, it has some comdey in it but over all it was very good. Lots of action you can not help cheer for young Auntie as she takes on the bad guys. Read more
Published on September 13, 2010 by Happyman07
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