Prodigal Boxer (1972)
Reviewed by: Gaijin84 on 2005-08-05
Summary: A dreadful waste of time...
The Shaolin Boxer Collection starts off with Prodigal Boxer, a standard revenge plot kung-fu movie that does not bode well for this collection of 6 movies from Crash Cinema. Meng Fei once again stars, this time as the ever popular Fong Sai Yuk, a young home trained martial artist who constantly is getting into fights. After he accidentally kills a student from a local martial arts school, the two brothers that run the school come looking for him. One of the brothers is an expert in punches, the other in kicks, and when they can't track down Sai Yuk, they kill his father and beat his mother. Predictably, he sets out to find the killers, gets badly beaten, recovers, trains some more and returns to finish off the masters.

There's not much to be said for this movie. It's your standard kung-fu flick with extraordinarily bad acting, sub-par dubbing and awful fight choreography. Interestingly enough, the cast is almost exactly as the same for The Young Tiger, with no improvement in their performances. I'm not sure why Meng Fei is used as the main actor in these movies, as he's an awful actor and a mediocre martial artist at best. Don't waste your time with this one.
Reviewer Score: 2