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Film Review: Chinatown Kid (唐人街功夫小子) (1977) - Hong Kong (Shawscope Volume 1) (Arrow Video)

Andrew Chan

Film Review: Chinatown Kid (唐人街功夫小子) (1977) - Hong Kong (Shawscope Volume 1) (Arrow Video)

- International Version - 115 minutes (Uncut)

Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)


“Chinatown Kid” is a 1977 kung fu film directed by Chang Cheh and produced by the renowned Shaw Brothers. Starring the talented Alexander Fu Sheng and the Venom Mob, the movie takes audiences on a thrilling journey through the world of drugs, police corruption, and gang warfare in San Francisco's Chinatown district.


“Chinatown Kid” showcases the exceptional skills and charismatic presence of Alexander Fu Sheng, solidifying his status as a rising star in the martial arts film genre. The film successfully blends modern-day comedy with intense action sequences, creating a captivating cinematic experience.


Director Chang Cheh masterfully weaves together the various elements of the film, crafting a narrative that keeps audiences engaged from start to finish. The inclusion of comedy adds a lighthearted touch, providing moments of levity amidst the gritty themes explored in the movie.


Susan Shaw's portrayal of a small flower vase role leaves a lasting impression despite her limited screen time.


“Chinatown Kid” stands out as a remarkable kung fu film, capturing the essence of its settings in Hong Kong and San Francisco's Chinatown district (largely filmed in Studio sets). The movie's engaging storytelling, thrilling action, and well-timed comedy make it a must-watch for fans of the genre and cinema enthusiasts alike.


I rated it 8.5/10


Reviewed as part of Shawscope Volume 1 Limited Edition Blu Ray Set (Digitally restored in 2K format)

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