Dirty Ho (Lan tou He) (1981)





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Popular Hong Kong martial arts star Gordon Lau headlines this entertainingly comic Shaw Brothers production from prolific action director Lau Kar-leung, who also choreographed the film's fight scenes. Lau plays Wang Chin-chin, who is both the 11th prince and an expert fighter. Wang has fun secretly subverting a local con-man, the inept Ho Chi (Wong Yue), but blackmails the crook into becoming his student after making it look like a B-girl named Choi Hung (Kara Hui) has poisoned Ho and beaten him up in a nightclub. Prince Wang is on his way to the palace for the announcement of the heir, but doesn't really want to rule. His major function has been to prevent his brothers from falling victim to assassins, so Wang knows that there are forces who wish to see him killed before he reaches the palace. He brings Ho along with him, because, although his new sidekick can't fight very well, he could still prove useful in the event of an ambush. The two face various perils together, including a spectacularly staged attack in the wastelands near a village's typhoon wall and a group of comically effeminate attackers who seem to masochistically enjoy being beaten up. Eventually, Wang teaches Ho enough about kung-fu for the reforming con-man to protect him so they can get to the palace. Veteran supporting actor Lo Lieh co-stars with Johnny Wang, Hsiao Hou, and Peter Chan. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
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one of the most fun of shaw brothers' films. and ho is a character's name okay?

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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Unfortunately titled, but probably the most audacious of the Kung Fu films I've seen if only because it doesn't tell us everything about everyone right from the outset and lets us learn about the characters motives. Not the masterpiece it is hailed to be, it still has some great choreography (including fighting during a wine tasting and antique store shopping). Gordon Liu is awesome.

Jordan Towles
Jordan Towles

[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/coverv/98/183198.jpg[/img] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Mr. Ho and Master Wang are two men who are first introduced in an auspicious competition over obtaining women’s attention at a brothel. However, Wang wishes to pursue this odd and clever man after being talked out of his box of stolen jewelry. When Ho discovers Wang is more then he appears he requests to be taken on as a student. Wang ends up being more then a martial arts master, he is a prince and next in line to be emperor. Ho must protect a wounded master and help him gain the throne his brothers desperately desire.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“How come you have two arms?”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“I need to exercise both of them.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“Put it back; it suits you better.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Chia-Liang Lu, director of Seven Swords, Drunken Master 2, Eight Diagram Pole Fighter, My Young Auntie, Drunken Monkey, and Instructors of Death, directs Dirty Ho. Dirty Ho contains a magnificently intricate and paced storyline. The choreography is awesome. Gordon Liu, Lo Leigh, and Wong Yui were excellent in these roles. Liu is a mentor rather then the aspiring student, which is such a different role for him. Watching Liu give out instructions and the painful trainings was abnormal as well (they are usually being done to him). Everything about this film is better then one would anticipate.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“Master, if I keep this up, I’ll be like a roast pig.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]The four cripples, the action scenes during the credits, the competition at the brothel, the fight in the brothel, the fisherman reference, the fight versus the hunchback, Mr. Ho versus the female bodyguard, the head injury, the snake wine conversation, the wine drinking scene, the shoe with the blade fight, the stabbing of Wang scene, the training scenes, the fight versus the 7 Tigresses, and the fight versus the general were amongst the better portions of the film.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“I’ll look out after you from now on.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“Dead right; who else will take care of me?”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Dirty Ho is my third favorite Gordon Liu film behind: Fist of the White Lotus and Shaolin Challenges Ninja and just ahead of Master Killer and Shaolin challenges Wu-Tang. Gordon Liu is a fantastic martial arts actor and his films are extremely fun to watch. This is an unusual role for Liu but he portrayed the mentor aspect perfectly. I strongly recommend this film to fans of the genre.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“Why do you look at me like that; I’m not an antique?”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000][/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Grade: A[/color][/size][/font]

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