The Magnificent Butcher (1979)

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Yuen Woo-ping directs Sammo Hung, Kwan Tak-hing and Yuen Biao in this Hong Kong Kung Fu farces where a headstrong butcher finds himself in escalating danger from leaping into fights without knowing the causes of them. 

A supremely daft action comedy clearly in the Jackie Chan mould. Sammo never matches the delirious slapstick magic of that star’s output but he is a likeable clown and an amazing exhibition fighter. There’s some nice bits of business; a drunk chicken, an assassin who might be a crazy cat and an elegant calligraphy brush fight. But there’s also a rape and murder sequence that sticks out like barb wire in a playground. Nasty interlude for what is, in the main, highly physical, family fun.

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My Top 10 Kung Fu Movies

1. Kill Bill (2003/2004)

2. Snake in Eagle’s Shadow (1978)

3. The 36th Chamber of the Shaolin (1978)

4. Enter the Dragon (1973)

5. The Street Fighter (1974)

6. Drunken Master (1978)

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7. House of Flying Daggers (2004)

8. Police Story (1985)

9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

10. Ong Bak (2003)

 

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