Knockabout (1979)





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Brothers Little John and Big John make a living as small-time con men. When things go sour, they turn to a powerful man called the Silver Fox, only to find that he too is a con man who's playing them at their own game. Their luck is sure to run out soon, but lucky for them, they run into Fatty the Beggar, who proves that when it comes to the real power of kung fu, looks can be deceiving. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Comedy
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Biao Yuen
as Yipao
Lau Kar-Wing
as Old Fox
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
as Fatty the Beggar
Leung Kar Yan
as Taipao
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Awesome old school kung fu in the finale for a solid 10 minutes. Yuen Biao's acrobatics are the star. Also, check out the training scene.


Terrific kung fu flick! I've always wanted to see this and I don't know why I waited so long. Yuen Biao is one of my alltime favorite martial artists and this ranks up there as one the best films he's ever done.

Lene .
Lene .

[img][/img] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]Two brothers reside in a village making ends meet with deception and limited kung fu. However, after cheating at a local gambling facility and receiving a beat down by their security, the two brothers decide they need to sharpen up their kung fu skills. An older man, Chia, walks into town and displays some unbelievable martial arts talents. Chia teaches the two youth’s different forms of kung fu. If they use their skills together, they are unstoppable. After helping their new master discard some archenemies, they realize he is ruthless and has little regard for life. When they try to leave their master, he attacks them. The two brothers must escape their evil master, better their kung fu, and inflict revenge for the slain.[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]“I’m short winded.”[/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]“I’ll teach you how to avoid that.”[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]Sammo Hung, director of Once Upon a time in China and America, Moon Warriors, Project A, Spooky Encounters, the Victim, Magnificent Butcher, and The Iron-Fisted Monk directs Knockabout. Knockabout contains four magnificent characters. The two brothers are outstanding, have two completely different personalities, and learn different forms of kung fu. Chia is a magnificent villain who displays lightening fast maneuvers, is a reluctant master, then a relentless adversary. The fourth and final character, and most entertaining, is fatty the beggar. Fatty the beggar seems like a side character at first but his importance to the film develops slowly but surely.[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]“I don’t want to fight, but he does…”[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]Yuen Biao was outstanding as Yaipo. His kicking skills displayed after his training with Chia was brilliant. Taipo was played by the teacher from The Victim, another Sammo Hung film. The fight between Taipo and Chia during the training scene was funny. The head of Painter during his fight versus Taipo, Yaipo, and Chia was hilarious. The scene with Yaipo stealing Fatty Beggars chicken, followed by drinking his water was decent. The monkey and garbage boxing training was outstanding. The jump roping training scene was also unbelievable.[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]“There is no such thing as easy money.”[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]Knockabout is an underrated martial arts film. It possesses an all-star cast, and Hung and Biao are marvelous. Chia was a magnificent villain that required both Biao and Hung to conquer. The story starts slow but develops nicely. The training scenes are solid and the action chorography is marvelous. Knockabout is one of my favorite martial arts pictures and I strongly recommend it to fans of this genre.[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]“You must be tired of living.”[/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][/size][/font] [font='Times New Roman']Grade: A [/font]

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