The Prodigal Son (1981)
Reviewed by: pjshimmer on 2001-08-03
Summary: truly groundbreaking
Rewatching this classic brought me back to reality - this is indeed one of the best movies in the genre ever made. Before rewatching, though, I had forgotten most about it, but now it's all clear again.

one of the most authentic to the wing chun style fighting (and to old school kung fu in general) films with good acting, nice narration of characters, excellent humor all around, and of course, purely decent action. The plot was less than perfect, but the fights and humor more than make up for the incompleteness. I have never been fond of or appreciated old school, wirefree, fist-to-fist fights, but the ones presented in Prodigal Son are so authentic and realistic that it will completely make you forget about the gap between old school & new wave action. Plus the brilliant script, this is a once in a decade gem that came out way before its time (just think, it came out one year before some awful 1983 Shaw Bros productions, i.e. Roving Swordsman. Prodigal Son looks 5 or 6 years ahead of those.)

Reviewer Score: 9