The Painter and the Thief
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A very passable kung-fu movie starring Sammo Hung. It's funny and action packed.
An affectionate, amusing homage to Bruce Lee and ENTER THE DRAGON. Sammo replicates Bruce Lee's moves and demeanor amazingly well, adding his own sly wink of humor at the ridiculousness of the endeavor.
This is a comedy parody of Bruce Lee movie. Mixture of comedy and fighting but not enough from either Sammo Hung is a pig farmer send to the big city to help his uncle stall. He looks like peeing from back view when the police approach him but he is actually squeeze dry his soaked clothes. Sammo arrive at the place and accidentally broke some bowls from Meg Lam and she demand compensation from the uncle. Their stalls are front and back in a small backlane. Lu Chu Shih is the store assistant. Ankie Lau & Lee Hye-suk are two regulars at the stall. Sammo is doing delivery when he help a lady chase after 2 robbers. When he return the food are stolen. Some gangsters eat for free at Meg stall and she want them to visit the other stall next time. They really came and even beat Lu. Sammo beat them up and get the money. The uncle blame Lu because his dream is to be artist. So he left and his old friends want him to imitate art to sell. He refuse that. The gangsters return and destroy the stall and Sammo isn't around. He find a job in the same restaurant the 2 ladies work. A caucasian try to get fresh with Lee and the manager step in. They says Chinese kungfu is no good and Sammo is angry. He beat them up and they quickly run off. Lu now drive taxi. His old pals vandalize his taxi. One of them drove off the car. Another same car driven by the restaurant manager park at the lot. Sammo help Lu by vandalizing the car. Roy Chiao is the gangster boss. Peter Yeung is a rich businessman who collect antique. He have 3 skilled martial artist as bodyguard. He saw Lee and reminded of a girl he cannot win the heart. He step on her cheongsam and she is embarrass. Sammo got drunk and beat up the 2 thugs that bully Lu. The 3 bodyguard (including Leung Ka Yan) throw Sammo to the pool. They were both sack from the job. Sammo took up an extra role in movie. He criticize the actor doesn't look like Bruce Lee. He hit Sammo for real and he got angry and beat him back. The director and extras are beaten up too. The 2 thugs are at the re-open stall and they put drugs into the soup serve to Lee. They pretend to bring her to hospital. Ankie tell Sammo and Lu. The thugs bring her to Peter and Roy seal the deal. Sammo fight the 3 fighters one by one and win. Finally he want to go back and feel the city life isn't suitable.
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo was one of my favorite action heroes I adored as a kid. He was as comical and strong as Jackie Chan. Where is he now, by the way?
Sammo Hung imitating Bruce Lee isn't to be missed, though Hung's signature style (a mix of power and gracefulness) shines through in the kung fu choreography.
A martial artist and loyal fan of Bruce Lee leaves the comfort of his country home lifestyle to venture into the big city, to help his uncle with his small restaurant. However, his penchant for getting into other's problems and using his fists get him into trouble.
The plot is rather haphazard and all over the place, most of it being either a silly joke or the main character getting into trouble.
The fights are the highlight of the film. This is the ultimate homage to Bruce Lee, and the style of fighting and mannerisms are very well done.
During the climax, Sammo must defeat three martial arts masters in a warehouse, but he gets tired as he dispatches each assailant. After this long battle, we are treated to one of the best comedic endings ever, with his buddy telling him the girl was fine and is resting in the hospital. (funny because Sammo is getting his ass kicked and didn't really even need to fight the masters)
Although the pace is dodgy and the dialogue not the best, a fun martial arts flick with some decent fights and nods to Bruce Lee.
Enjoyable early Sammo flick. Forget all those Bruce guys, this is the second coming of Bruce Lee! Very comedic which drifts into brutal violence, like all his movies. Entertaining movie for fans of kung fu.
Hilarious. Sammo Hung does a great job on this one.
Not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination, but the fights are generally pretty good - as you'd expect when Sammo Hung's involved. The rest of the movie is devoted to the least sophisticated comedy stylings possible.