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龍的傳人 (1991)
Legend of the Dragon


Reviewed by: dandan
Date: 07/09/2007
Summary: pot the reds...

lung (stephen chow) lives in the small village of tai o, on lantau island, where he has been raised by his father and master, chow fei hung (yuen wah). chow is martial arts master who studied with bruce lee, something which he never lets anyone forget, but he isn't pleased that lung is more interested in flying kites and snooker rather than kung fu. when uncle lun (leung kar-yan), a decidedly shady character, comes to visit, chow asks him to take lung to hong kong to get some life experience and make a name for himself.

lung isn't to keen on the idea, as the big city scares him, but he is soon happy enough when lun takes him to a snooker hall. when lun realises that lung is an unrivaled talent, he soon starts to make some money off his back, although the stakes soon become a little high...

enjoyably daft stephen chow vehicle, featuring an array of silliness, some fine snooker and, most notably, a guest role for jimmy "the whirlwind" white! yep, i literally hooted when pasty-faced jimmy white turned up to challenge stephen chow's snooker prowess. chow does a good job of playing the niave islander, whilst yuen wah shines in the role as his master; you even get to see him topless, revealing just how wirey his arms and torso are. quite odd.

besides the snooker, there's a couple of nice little action sequences, put together by yuen wah and corey yuen. it's nothing to write home about, but it's a fun film and, from the end credits, it looks like everyone had a whole lot of fun making it.

fun enough...


Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 03/11/2006
Summary: 6.5/10 - lower rung Chiau, but passable

Sticking broadly to the same formula as ALL FOR THE WINNER, but with the nonsense toned down, LEGEND OF THE DRAGON is a solid Stephen Chiau film but offers little that wasn't done better in his other films, except for some impressive snooker playing.

Chiau plays a good natured but naive kid who grew up in Tai O, where his father (Yuen Wah) is the village head and kung fu teacher. He follows his brash uncle to Hong Kong with instructions to "make it big", which seems in little danger of occuring until his skill with a snooker cue is revealed. His uncle exploits him to make money, but ends up betting the family land in Tai O to some gangsters - who hire world champion Jimmy White to play on their side. Will the small fish be able to survive in the big city pond?

The tale is familiar and Chiau's character especially so, but the film never reaches the heights of free-wheeling invention and parody of his better films. Chiau is charismatic as ever, and Theresa Mo has a great supporting role, but the show is definitely stolen by Yuen Wah - for once not playing a villain. Lee Hoi San and Shing Fui On both have nice small parts, and Amy Yip has a couple of big ones... boom boom :p

Despite a few really great scenes, LEGEND OF THE DRAGON fails to raise quite enough belly laughs to leave much of a lasting impression - but it's a pleasant enough way to spend 90 minutes.

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: ksbutterbox
Date: 02/07/2002
Summary: A Nice Early Film..

After seeing over 25 films in which Stephen Chiao appears in..this was really a fun one to watch..just enough action/comedy for a gwailo(foreigner) like me to hold my attention. Teresa Mo and Yuen Wah are great supporting players..I've never seen Yuen Wah play this type of role!! Really amusing stuff..even though it was one of a million HK gambling movies of that year or so..this one is better than quite a few that came later..it's not as polished as Chow's later films but it is still worth the watch!


Reviewed by: danton
Date: 01/03/2002

Early Stephen Chow Sing Chi movie shot some time after All for the Winner and adhering to the same formula, i.e. young naive mainlander with special talent comes to HK and makes good. In this case not by using his supernatural talents for gambling (as in AFTW) but by making good use of the superb hand-eye coordination obtained through years of Kung Fu training by becoming an expert snooker player. Soon he is confronted by some evil-doers and the fate of everyone he loves is at stake when he must take on the gwailo snooker champ in a final showdown. Some of the staples of his later films are missing, and in particular the absence of Ng Man-Tat illustrates how much of Chow's success can be attributed to having Ng as the straight man, but nevertheless, the movie is very enjoyable and offers some good laughs. Yuen Wah is very funny as Chow's father, a local kung fu master who once trained with Bruce Lee (and is fond of constantly reminding people of that).


Reviewed by: mehaul
Date: 07/04/2001

Nice Stephen Chow comedy with him playing the saviour of his village after his gambling uncle loses it on a pool bet.
7/10


Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 10/16/2000
Summary: Disappointing

Oh i am a big fan of Chow Sing Chi and was disappointed by watching this. It is not as funny as his usual high standard. There are funny parts but some of the jokes seem old to us nowadays......

5/10


Reviewed by: sarah
Date: 01/24/2000
Summary: kung fool

Legend of the Dragon

Sing Jai is a naïve country boy with a talent for snooker . His father is a kung-fu master played by Yuen Wah and he sends the young Dragon off to Hong Kong with his dodgy uncle to make his fortune, where he becomes a snooker champion. This character succeeds, because although he’s a bit of a peasant, he’s not unbeleivably simple, as in Love on Delivery. The supporting cast are delightful, especially Yuen Wah and Theresa Mo as Dragons’ girlfriend and sparring partner.The scenes of Dragon and his ‘colleage’ (as he calls her) going on a sneaker shopping frenzy are very funny, as is their repressed relationship. We learn that peasants have bad hair and wear daggy tracksuits, fall dead asleep on the stroke of midnight, eat like pigs at any opportunity’ and are somewhat ignorant of the facts of life. They are however, righteous and full of energy and in the end they win out over the evil property developers, although not before the nailbiting climax in which Dragon plays British snooker ace Jimmy White.



Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

Funny Man STEPHEN CHIAO stars as a pool playing peasant who must defeat a professional pool player to save his family's land.

[Reviewed by Tai Seng Catalog]


Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

Steven Chow stars as a disciple of Bruce Lee who can't fightbut he can play really mean game pool.

[Reviewed by Rim Films Catalog]


Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

One of Chow Sing Chi's funniest movies.

[Reviewed by Anonymous]