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Film Review: Dirty Ho (爛頭何) (1979) - Hong Kong (Shawscope Volume 1) (Arrow Video)

Andrew Chan

Film Review: Dirty Ho (爛頭何) (1979) - Hong Kong (Shawscope Volume 1) (Arrow Video)

Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)

“Dirty Ho” is a Hong Kong martial arts comedy film directed by Lau Kar-leung. Starring the talented Gordon Liu and Wong Yue, the film presents a delightful blend of action and comedy, making it a highly entertaining and enjoyable ride.

Gordon Liu's performance in “Dirty Ho” is a standout. Known for his martial arts prowess, Liu showcases his skills while infusing the character with a comedic touch. His portrayal is captivating, and his impeccable timing and physicality keep the audience engaged throughout the film.

Under Lau Kar-leung's direction, “Dirty Ho” shines with its expertly choreographed action sequences. Lau's mastery of martial arts filmmaking is evident as he seamlessly blends intricate fight scenes with moments of comedy. The result is a thrilling and amusing experience that never loses its momentum.

A special treat in “Dirty Ho” is the early appearance of Kara Wai, a talented actress who would later achieve great success in the Hong Kong film industry. Even in a small role, Wai's presence adds elegance and charm to the film, further enhancing the overall viewing experience.

“Dirty Ho” is a highly enjoyable martial arts comedy that combines Gordon Liu's shining performance, Lau Kar-leung's skilled direction. With its seamless blend of action and comedy, the film offers a fun and entertaining ride from start to finish. Whether you're a fan of martial arts films or simply looking for an enjoyable cinematic experience, “Dirty Ho” is definitely worth watching.

I rated it 8/10

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

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