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The Chinatown Kid

2 Ratings: 5.0
Shaw Brothers Studio film

A very popular and violent kung fu film from the Shaw Brothers Studios.      A modern day version of Boxer From Shan Tung.     

Director: Chang Cheh
Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure
Release Date: December 22, 1977
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about The Chinatown Kid

Shaw Brothers' Classics: The Chinatown Kid

  • May 1, 2009
Rating:
+5

The Chinatown Kid (1977) is another masterpiece from Chang Cheh. Alexander Fu Sheng stars as Tang Dong, a bumpkin who illegally immigrates to Hong Kong (with the aid of his uncle) and works odd jobs whilst dreaming about becoming rich and successful. The film also tells the story of a young Taiwanese man who just did a stint in the military who works hard and aspires to become a success. His chance comes when he's offered a scholarship at U.C. Berkely. Two lives that parallel each other eventually cross paths in San Francisco's Chinatown. This film is somewhat similar to Chang Cheh's other films Boxer From Shan tung and The Delinquent. Both of them have the same theme and they're all equally excellent. Ni Kuang reworks the theme by not only modernizing it but by bringing it to "Chinatown". The future Five Deadly Venoms all have small parts in this movie. The movie is cheesy and preachy at times but it's all done in jest. Alexander Fu Sheng shows that he's a lead actor in this movie and it's sad that his life was cut short several years later. His future wife Jenny Tsang has a small part as his girlfriend (but strangely disappears after a couple of scenes) and Philip Kwok co-stars as Tan Dong benefactor. Overall Chinatown Kid is not as deep or heavy as Chang Cheh''s other films but it's good fun and nicely paced and edited.

Highly recommended.

There are a few things I found strange about this film. One, Chinatown in this movie is very dusty. Two, the car's driver side is on the right hand side.Three, someone forgot to convert Hong Kong Dollars into U.S. Dollars

(i.e. five dollars for a hot dog in 1977?). What's even funnier is the fact the sign outside the hot dog stand says 5.00 USD for "hot dogs" and sold canned beer. (Tan Dong called them "dog sausages"). The biggest laugh was the Orange Julius that sold noodles.

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May 01, 2009
You made my day. I'm probably the biggest Fu Sheng fan in the world and I absolutely love this film! The happiest day of my life was when I finally got a dvd copy of NA CHA THE GREAT and the second happiest was when I got the new dvd version of CHINATOWN KID which included all the scenes cut by the dreaded Larry Bensky for the World Northal version released on vhs! "When you are poor you must struggle." My favorite line from this film was when he says "I thought only the Cantonese ate dog meat" referring of course to hot dogs.
May 01, 2009
I bought a bunch of VCDs a few years back that had all of the original Shaw Brothers release digitally remastered from a company called Celestial. The version of the movie I got was cut differently than the one I saw as a kid. It strangely had a happy ending with Fu Sheng going to prison.
May 01, 2009
You have got to be kidding! I'd kill for a copy of that. Its so hard to watch most of his movies now because he almost always dies in them and in KID its such a touching scene. I', pretty sure mine is from Celestial too, so they've definitely gone with the other version.
May 01, 2009
It was strange to see because Chang Cheh's films always have nihilistic endings
May 01, 2009
That's for sure!
 
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