The Young Vagabond

 (17)5.51 h 25 min198516+
Some of the best kung-fu actors star in this rare, colorful, action-packed story of one of the legendary Ching Dynasty Kwangtung Tigers. "Beggar Su" must train incessantly to defeat the brutally powerful thief called Centipede, and the result is explosive.
Liu Shih-yu
Gordon Liu Chia-huiPai PiaoWang Yu
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Wang Lung-weiKwan Hoi-shan
Mona Fong
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gd31358wReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
The tales of 2 movies...1st half totally comedic, 2nd half more drama & eventually action
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Towards the end of the Shaw Brothers film production run, they seem to give new directors some shine. Enter Liu Shih Yu whose other film besides this was the fast-paced New Tales of the Flying Fox. I initially thought this had to be a Liu Chia Liang given the cast in this film (Gordon Liu, Wong Yu & even Wang Lung Wei). Obviously that wasn't the case regrettably.

This appears to be the origin movie for the legendary Beggar Su of 10 Tigers from Kwangtung fame. Gordon Liu plays the titular character in the movie. He & his brother, played by Wong Yu, are half-brothers due to their father marrying twice. The family has a wine business & if you're familiar with the story of Beggar Su then that would seem fitting. As the wine drinking son, he would be the heir of the business much to the chagrin of his stepmom. So a plan is hatched between herself, her brother & a rival businessman (Wang Lung Wei) who happens to be pretty good at kung fu. If you can make it through the inane comedy which includes what looks like the introduction of Catholicism in a martial arts film (now that's a first!), it seems the scholarly teacher at their school (Jason Pai Piao) has a hidden past that is integral to the plot. Eventually he takes Liu under his wing as his sifu & teaches him the art of drunken boxing. That sets up for the final explosive ending.

Gordon Liu was fine in this, but to me not as proficient as he would normally be in a Liu Chia Liang production. To put it in context, 8 Diagram Pole Fighter came out the prior year & this film in no conceivable way compares with that. Also don't look for Wong Yu to do much in the way of martial arts. I can see why he's in this though. The chemistry between him & Gordon Liu is as good as it gets. Jason Pai Piao performed well as Liu's teacher. Wang Lung Wei was his normal ruthless self & probably displayed the best skills of anyone in this film. Kuan Feng also makes an appearance as Wang Lung Wei's business partner. And a SB film wouldn't be a SB film without the ever present Ku Feng. My problem with him here was that he's more buffoonish than I've ever seen him & to me that doesn't fit him all that well. And the endfight in this left me wanting more.

All & all, if you're a SB fan I'd imagine you should see this. But prepare yourself to be underwhelmed.
TonyReviewed in the United States on July 1, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Didn't care for it
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Honestly, it's the first movie starring Liu Chia-hui(aka Gordon Liu) that I DIDN'T care for... which surprised me as I have been a kung fu movie afficianado since the late 1970s, especially anything from Shaw Brothers Studios. No wonder this one is 'little known' - it's not very good.
Marc AnderkinReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Another Gordon Liu great
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This may not be Gordon Liu's best movie but it is still a lot of fun. I love him as an actor and can't get enough of his movies. If you are a fan then it is worth a watch.
MeMeReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved this movie
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If you are a Gordon Liu fan, you will love this movie. It shows a different side of his fabulous acting skills. Loved the softer side of Gordon's character as the honorable big brother. A must see.
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DonnaReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Three Stars
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It was ok
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2017
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Four Stars
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Beggar Su, nuff' said
LenciReviewed in the United States on September 13, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Action movie
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Great movie and a lot of action
Tung Xuan BuiReviewed in the United States on June 3, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Four Stars
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Not a best film of Gordon Liu but still fun.
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