RELEASE DATE: March 2023
In March 2023, Arrow is releasing the Blu-ray (Area A) for the 1979 Sammo Hung kung fu traditional, Knockabout. The movie stars Yuen Biao (Circus Youngsters), Lau Kar Wing (Soiled Tiger, Loopy Frog), Sammo Hung (God of Conflict) and Leung Kar Yan (The Sufferer).
Having established himself as Hong Kong’s premier motion choreographer all through the Seventies, Sammo Hung ended the last decade by directing a continuous assault of kung fu classics for Golden Harvest, beginning with the brutal Iron-Fisted Monk. However it might be his 1979 directorial effort that would lastly give his Peking Opera brother-in-arms, acrobatic ace Yuen Biao, his first probability at main man standing: Knockabout!
Brothers and partners-in-crime, Yipao (Biao) and Taipao (Warriors Two’s “Beardy” Leung Kar-Yan), have made an up-and-down profession out of being hustlers, conning everybody from financial institution tellers to on line casino sellers. Someday, they push their luck with the improper man, martial arts grasp Chia Wu Dao (legendary Shaw Brothers struggle choreographer Lau Kar-Wing), however persuade him to reluctantly change into their trainer in hand-to-hand fight. However upon studying Chia’s harmful true nature, Yipao turns to a different grasp: a portly blinking beggar (Hung) educated within the methods of the monkey fist. Will this new talent defeat Chia’s secret snake type?
Combining Hung’s hard-hitting choreography with the Mo Lei Tau type of humor that was growing in reputation on the time, Knockabout is a thrill-a-minute motion spectacular that might pave the way in which for later masterpieces resembling Hung and Biao’s subsequent collaboration, the Wing Chun tour-de-force The Prodigal Son.
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- 2K restorations from the unique components by Fortune Star of each the unique HK Theatrical Minimize and the shorter Export Minimize
- Excessive Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
- Unique lossless Cantonese and Mandarin mono audio for the HK Theatrical Minimize, plus lossless English mono for each cuts
- Two selections of English dubbed audio for the HK Theatrical Minimize: the unique export dub mono and the newer 5.1 dub created for worldwide DVD displays
- Optionally available English subtitles for the HK Theatrical Minimize and English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing on the Export Minimize
- Commentary on the HK Theatrical Minimize by martial arts cinema consultants Frank Djeng & Michael Value
- Commentary on the Export Minimize by motion cinema consultants Mike Leeder & Arne Venema
- Archival interview with Sammo Hung
- Archival interview with Bryan “Beardy” Leung Kar-Yan
- Archival interview with Grandmaster Chan Sau Chang (aka The Monkey King), a grasp of Monkey Type kung fu
- Deleted “Crimson Room” scene, that includes stars Yuen Biao and Sammo Hung in a teaser promo for the movie’s Japanese launch
- Unique theatrical trailer
- Reversible sleeve that includes authentic and newly commissioned art work by Ilan Sheady
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet that includes new writing by Simon Abrams and authentic press supplies
Watch Arrow’s New Trailer for Knockabout under: