Happy 68th Birthday Ti Lung (生日快樂 狄龍)!!
I am posting The Kung Fu Instructor (1979) (教頭) (full movie) in his honor!
Apologies to all, I couldn't find the full movie on YouTube and reluctantly posting this movie in 11 parts but it's a good movie and it stars the birthday boy, Ti Lung. It may be slow at points as it is a Kung Fu Staff instructional but I loved it! This movie and Gordon Liu's Invincible Pole Fighter are two great movies featuring the Pole/Staff prominently.
You all should be able to recognize the story. The plot is basically Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo starring the great Toshiro Mifune. Other movies that paid homage to Yojimbo including this Shaw Brothers movie are: Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars (with Clint Eastwood); Walter Hill's Last Man Standing (with Bruce Willis) and Roger Corman's The Warrior and the Sorceress (with David Carradine).
Mandarin: Jiao tou
Cantonese: Gau tau
The Kung-fu Instructor is martial arts film director Sun Chung's loose homage to Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo where unlike Toshiro Mifune's Sanjuro character being a snarling, bastard, drunk swordsman looking for a drink, popular actor Ti Lung's Huang Yang role, is an upright, righteous, weapon instructor looking to keep his limbs. Huang is a famous martial artist trapped into teaching kung-fu to the wrong clan while the opposing "good" clan tries to save him so he can instruct their members. Besides kung-fu comedian Wang Yu starring in one of his few serious roles, Sun became the first Shaw Brothers' director to use a Steadicam which gives the film's action and editing style a unique brand of tension and rhythm. The pole fights are also out of this world.
Movie in 11 parts
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In case you missed my other Ti Lung entries I've posted, please check out:
- Happy 67th Birthday Ti Lung!
- Ti Lung - Return of the Sentimental Swordsman (1981) (Full movie)
- Ti Lung's Deadly Breaking Sword (1979) (Full movie)
- Soul of the Sword (1978) starring Ti Lung (Full movie)
- Ti Lung stars in The Sentimental Swordsman (1977) (Full movie)
- Ti Lung in King Eagle (1971) (Full movie)