films seen
31
average score
2.45*
nationality
Hong Kong - 69 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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A truly remarkable figure in the Hong Kong film industry. Though Hung's directing skills never matched his martial arts wizardry or his on-screen presence, he made enough amusing films to warrant a deeper inspection of his oeuvre.

Solid pieces

My Beloved Bodyguard

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Wo De Te Gong Ye Ye
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2016] - 99m
Genre
Drama, Action, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
My Beloved Bodyguard poster

Once Upon a Time in China and America

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Wong Fei-hung Chi Saiwik Hung Si
Specifics
Hong Kong [1997] - 102m
Genre
Action, Adventure, History, Western
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Once Upon a Time in China and America poster

Blade of Fury

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Yat do King Sing
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [1993] - 105m
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Blade of Fury poster

Kung Fu Master

by Jing Wong, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Yi Tian Tu Long Ji Zhi Mo Jiao Jiao Zhu
Specifics
Hong Kong [1993] - 99m
Genre
Fantasy, Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Kung Fu Master poster

Crazy martial arts fantasy. Even though 100 minutes isn't particularly short for this type of film, it feels like they only had time for about one third of the plot and just crammed in the rest without worrying too much about whether it would make sense or not. The film is a continuous roller coaster that blazes through fantasy-driven fights and complex intrigues.

Six clans and a handful of outsiders battle it out against each other. It's not easy to keep track of the alliances being formed, all the fights, their conclusions and the constantly shifting intrigue, but ultimately it didn't matter to me. The action is amazing, the spectacle is grand and the pacing is so crazy that I could only sit back and be impressed.

The only awkward thing is that the film ends mid-battle. Apparently the sequel was binned after this film performed badly at the box office, so you're left with an unfinished story. Not a film I'd recommend to martial arts novices, but if you love the high-speed, high-octane Hong Kong martial arts cinema, this is one of the craziest you'll find.

The Moon Warriors

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Zhan Shen Chuan Shuo
Specifics
Hong Kong [1993] - 83m
Genre
Romance, Action, Adventure
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Moon Warriors poster

Project A

by Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
'A' Gai Wak
Specifics
Hong Kong [1983] - 105m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Project A poster

A very nice surprise. I recognized some scenes from a Jackie Chan documentary I saw earlier, but within the actual context of the film these scenes were even more impressive. This is a true spectacle, where Chan lays down the basis for what would become a very fruitful and respectable career.

The beginning is a little hesitant though, as the comedy alone isn't really strong enough to carry the film. But once Chan starts his usual action antics that part is soon forgotten. The bicycle scene, the tower scene and the finale are legendary and a testament to Chan's skills, both as an action hero as well as a director.

Yuen Biao and Sammo Hung make fine additions to the cast, a trio that has dominated 80s Hong Kong action cinema and has more than put its stamp on the film industry. This is one of the best Chan films I've seen so far, a warm recommendation for everyone who likes his action work.

The inoffensive

Pedicab Driver

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Qun Long Xi Feng
Specifics
Hong Kong [1989] - 95m
Genre
Comedy, Romance, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Pedicab Driver poster

Dragons Forever

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Corey Yuen
Also known as
Fei Lung Maang Jeung
Specifics
Hong Kong [1988] - 102m
Genre
Comedy, Romance, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Dragons Forever poster

Millionaire's Express

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Foo Gwai Lit Che
Specifics
Hong Kong [1986] - 98m
Genre
Comedy, Action, Western
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Millionaire's Express poster

The Prodigal Son

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Bai Ga Jai
Specifics
Hong Kong [1982] - 100m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Prodigal Son poster

Knockabout

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Za Jia Xiao Zi
Specifics
Hong Kong [1979] - 92m
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Knockabout poster

The Iron-Fisted Monk

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
San De Huo Shang Yu Chong Mi Liu
Specifics
Hong Kong [1977] - 93m
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Iron-Fisted Monk poster

The Tantana

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Hoi Mang
Also known as
Mi Zong Wei Long
Specifics
Hong Kong, Taiwan [1991] - 91m
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Tantana poster

Though I love myself a bit of early 90s Hong Kong fantasy/martial arts, I'd never heard of this film before. Not too surprising maybe, since it's really just some second tier genre filler, but with someone like Sammo Hung involved both in front and behind the camera, you'd figure it would have at least has some kind of status.

Hong Kong was teaming with this type of fantasy/martial arts productions around that time, and The Tantana looks quite low-budget compared to some of the more infamous entries in the genre. It's not hard to see how this got snowed under, but that makes it an ideal film for rediscovery, especially for people like me who've already seen most other films in this niche.

The plot is as basic as can be (an unsuspecting guy turns out to be the big hero but must train with a master before he can take on the villain), but the comedy, action and fantasy bits are pretty amusing and the pacing is perfect. It's vintage filler cinema, but the kind genre fans will welcome at a time when they feel they've seen all there is to see.

Worthy but flawed

Ghost Punting

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Ricky Lau, Eric Tsang, Corey Yuen
Also known as
Wu Fu Xing Chuang Gui
Specifics
Hong Kong [1991] - 94m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Ghost Punting poster

The Victim

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Shen Bu You Ji
Specifics
Hong Kong [1980] - 100m
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Victim poster

Dubious filler

Mr. Nice Guy

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Yat Goh Hiu Yan
Specifics
Hong Kong [1997] - 88m
Genre
Comedy, Action, Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Mr. Nice Guy poster

Don't Give a Damn

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Mou Mian Bei
Specifics
Hong Kong [1995] - 90m
Genre
Comedy, Action, Thriller
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Don't Give a Damn poster

Heart of the Dragon

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Fruit Chan
Also known as
Long De Xin
Specifics
Hong Kong [1985] - 91m
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Heart of the Dragon poster

My Lucky Stars

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Fuk Sing Go Jiu
Specifics
Hong Kong [1985] - 96m
Genre
Comedy, Action, Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
My Lucky Stars poster

Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Xia Ri Fu Xing
Specifics
Hong Kong [1985] - 105m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars poster

The Owl vs. Bombo

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Mao Tou Ying Yu Xiao Fei Xiang
Specifics
Hong Kong [1984] - 99m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
The Owl vs. Bombo poster

A lesser-known Sammo Hung feature. Hung directs and leads, but it's clearly little more than mandatory filler in order to pass the time between bigger projects. The Owl Vs Bombo is a pretty basic mix of comedy and action, with some mediocre dressing to fill in the gaps, which makes it best suited for completists.

When Hung actually takes his time to focus on the comedy and action, the film is pretty decent. A pretty silly but fun moment with a cherry is pretty hilarious and the end fight isn't too shabby either, but these moments only make up a small part of the film. They almost feel like leftover scenes from a better feature.

In between these scenes there's a lot of animosity and shouting that amounts to very little. The plot isn't very interesting, performances are rather weak and the soundtrack is terribly cheesy. At least the fun moments are spread quite evenly, so you never have to go too long without something interesting happening, but a good film this is not.

Wheels on Meals

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Kuai Can Che
Specifics
Hong Kong [1984] - 100m
Genre
Comedy, Romance, Action, Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Wheels on Meals poster

Winners and Sinners

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Qi Mou Miao Ji: Wu Fu Xing
Specifics
Hong Kong [1983] - 108m
Genre
Comedy, Action, Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Winners and Sinners poster

Carry On Pickpocket

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Tai Fong Siu Sau
Specifics
Hong Kong [1982] - 102m
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Carry On Pickpocket poster

Warriors Two

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Zan Xian Sheng Yu Zhao Qian Hua
Specifics
Hong Kong [1978] - 95m
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Warriors Two poster

Plain forgettable

Pantyhose Hero

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Zhi Fen Shuang Xiong
Specifics
Hong Kong [1990] - 99m
Genre
Comedy, Action, Thriller
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Pantyhose Hero poster

Eastern Condors

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Dung Fong Tuk Ying
Specifics
Hong Kong [1986] - 93m
Genre
Drama, Action, War
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Eastern Condors poster

Spooky, Spooky

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Wei Don Lo
Also known as
Gui Meng Jiao
Specifics
Hong Kong [1986] - 95m
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Spooky, Spooky poster

Game of Death II

by See-Yuen Ng, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Corey Yuen
Also known as
Si Wang Ta
Specifics
Hong Kong [1981] - 86m
Genre
Action, Mystery
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Game of Death II poster

Encounters of the Spooky Kind

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Gui da Gui
Specifics
Hong Kong [1980] - 102m
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Horror
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Encounters of the Spooky Kind poster

Enter the Fat Dragon

by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Also known as
Fay Lung Kwo Gong
Specifics
Hong Kong [1978] - 100m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Enter the Fat Dragon poster