- Rated: Not Rated
- Video: Color
- Released: May 25, 2004
- Originally Released: 1982
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- DTS - English
- Additional Release Material:
- New Movie Trailer
- Original Movie Trailer
- "Martial Arts Classics"
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Dart, circle, press, tie, wrap, slap, plow, lock. Legend is that Wing Chun's eight forms are derived from the octopus. Does this look like it'"
- A wildly gesticulating Wong Wa Po (Sammo Hung) to Twiggy
"The next one is called Fairy Sprinkles Flowers or Pillar Eject."
- Wong Wa Po demonstrating the "toilet stance" to Leung Chang (Yuen Biao)
Chicago Sun-Times - 08/20/1993
"...This study in sadomasochism unfolds with precise pacing....The plot is intriguing..."
Leung Chang (Yuen Biao) is a spoiled son who thinks he is the baddest kung fu master around--until he is pounded in a fight with an effeminate Wing Chun master (Lam Ching-Ying) who plays a girl in a traveling Peking Opera troupe. Realizing that his father has been paying his opponents to lose, Leung begs to become the Wing Chun master's student. The master, however, doesn't agree to teach Leung until another spoiled son appears--a Manchu noble seeking to test his fighting skills. THE PRODIGAL SON is one of the earliest films with Yuen Biao in a lead role. The film helped Yuen, one of the most talented acrobats of his generation, attain a stardom nearly equal to that of his "brothers," Jackie Chan and director Sammo Hung. For Hung, THE PRODIGAL SON is his second film to depict the Wing Chun fighting system (the first was WARRIORS TWO); both films are considered classics in Wing Chun cinema. Hung appears in THE PRODIGAL SON as a portly master of long-form Wing Chun; in comic asides, Hung also demonstrates two new martial arts forms, calligraphy kung fu and toiletry kung fu.
In Sammo Hung's THE PRODIGAL SON, a wealthy merchant bribes martial artists to lose to his spoiled son in fight after fight. After finally losing, the son begs the Wing Chun master who bested him to train him, while dealing with a mysterious challenger and his master's rival. The film is generally regarded as a kung fu classic.
Hong Kong |
Kung Fu |
Martial Arts |
Non-U.S. Theatrical Release |
Period Piece |
- THE PRODIGAL SON was winner of the Best Film and Best Director accolades at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
- Before making his Wing Chun films, Sammo Hung spent three months learning the martial art form from a friend who is a producer and a director.
- Wing Chun can be translated as "beautiful springtime" or "radiant springtime." Legend has it that the form was created by a Buddhist nun, Ng Mui. Supposedly, her first student was a woman named Yim Wing Chun, after whom the martial art is named.