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Hong Kong Godfather

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Editorial Reviews

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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Still gallery: Posters and photos

Product Details

  • Actors: Leung Kar-yan, Norman Tsui
  • Directors: Wang Lung-wei
  • Format: Widescreen, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Chinese (Stereo), English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00347AK06
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,300 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hong Kong Godfather" on IMDb

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By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 28, 2010
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.


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.


"Hong Kong Godfather" is presented in Cantonese.
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I had fun watching this, I guess the plot is just one young up-in-coming gangster boss trying to seize control and power over hong kong, he confronts the present godfather of the HK underworld to try and do business together, but the present godfather doesn't like him so he brushes him off in a humiliating manner angering the wannabe underworld boss resulting in a war for turf & power, that's the basic/simple explanation for the story. One thing leads to another of course until the bloody finale, in total theres about 3-4 big fight scenes that are all awesome and fun to watch. The gangsters in this movie never really use guns and most of the time just fight with knifes, machetes, and martial arts skill because I guess they're just hardcore like that in their approach to killing someone and in my opinion that just makes the fights more fun and exciting to watch. Theres no english language on this dvd only english subtitles and the picture quality is excellent, sound is great too. I plan on watching it again and maybe improve this review but for now I just wanted to add my 2 cents for this feature, 4 out of 5 stars.
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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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the story centers around 3 friends who are getting back together to celebrate their elder boss's birthday. One of them is Leung Kar Yan (Liang Chia Jen), now a father, who had previously been a close accomplice of the boss; the other is the boss's current right hand man, a playboy and eventual heir to the leadership position; and the last is now a city cop who had previously worked for the boss. When things start going downhill for the group, they take it upon themselves to right the wrongs, and what results is "a blood-splattered tale of revenge, sex, and corruption." The ending was quite good and not what I expected, and overall there was enough blood and story to keep everyone interested...

The Hong Kong Connection/ Funimation/ Celestial print is quite beautiful, in widescreen and remastered at 95 minutes, in Cantonese with English subtitles. As with most of the Celestial films, there is no English dubbing available. The edition itself gets 4.5 stars.

I give the film overall 3.5 stars, as it was action-filled and enjoyable, but I had hoped for something more martial-artsy and less knife-wielding connivery. It's a very good cast, and the acting is pretty good too, but I was looking for something more old-school (the Victim, Eternal Conflict, Shaolin Temple) and this was quite 80s dated.

Recommended for all "Beardy" fans (those of Leung Kar Yan)
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