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He Has Nothing But His Kung Fu 
Written by: on July 22nd, 2004
He Has Nothing But His Kung Fu He Has Nothing But His Kung Fu
Theatrical Release Date: Hong Kong, 1977
Director: Chia Yung Liu
Cast: Gordon Liu, Ching-Ying Lam, Hoi San Lee

DVD Released: December 5th, 2000
Approximate Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 4.3 Pan and Scan
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
DVD Release: Tai Seng
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95

The story begins as Shao Shan (Wang Yue) is again begging at the market, crafting a method to separate the “fools” from their cash. People quickly seen through his disguise and Shao Shan hightails it out of there. Shao Shan, never learning and looking for the easy way out, fools Mr. Chao giving him the impression that the female waitress is a prostitute while she’s under the impression that she’s catering large party later in the evening. Once Shao Shan receives his cut for the transaction, the veil is dropped and Mr. Chao has a vendetta on both the female waitress and Shao Shan. But Shao Shan is nowhere in sight. Shao Shan is winning chips playing dominoes at a casino. Dominating a table, the house takes the matter into hand, planting a domino on him, and then accuses him for cheating. A fight ensues, one which Shao Shan was totally outnumbered by the bouncers. After having a taste of his own medicine, he tries to steal some shoes from a transient. He’s discovered by an officer of the law. Brought to justice, Shao Shan comes face to face with Mr. Chao. Knowing of the consequences, he instead claims to know of the Master Chan Dia Young to put as much space between himself and Mr. Chao.

Shao ditches this important figurehead, relieved to be getting out of that mess. The next morning, Shao Shan meets a young man (Liu Chia Fia aka Gordon Liu) who suffers from amnesia. Feeling sorry for the man, he offers him a meal. When the female waitress attacks Shao, the attack is deflected by Gordon’s quick block. Shao Shan makes his exit, and states: “People say that once you learn kung-fu, you can never forget it. As soon as you’re in danger, you’ll use it.” Shao Shan’s admits his kung-fu isn’t as strong yet proceeds to show how special his kung-fu is. The two begin to learn technique from each other. Shao Shan with the assistance of Gordon steal back their money from the corrupt casino and town. As they get closer to the leader of this corruption, Gordon begins to discover his past. Shao Shan tricks Gordon, not wanting to loose a good thing. The waitress must hide because of Shao Shan’s dabbling in affairs.

Many American’s associate action kung-fu comedies with Jackie Chan. Gordon Liu, long overlooked in America in my estimation deserves the limelight considering he is one of the best at this craft. He’s the epitome of the straight man, expressionless as Wang Yue performs all the physical humor in He Has Nothing but Kung Fu. They make one of the best comedic team-ups in China. This movie was very enjoyable. From beginning to end, the story leaves you entertained hopping for the next scene. The introduction was unique, and the instrumentals were perfect. Gordon’s performance is solid, and Wang Yues sly expressions are golden.

The DVD:

The introduction was stretched into full frame, while the rest was in pan & scan. I’ll note that the action and head were in most cases within the full frame. No commentary like the other Master Killer Collection. The movie doesn’t have a strong washed out appearance like other martial arts movie, but doesn’t look like a print transfer either. It’s in English Audio with No subtitles. This movie is essential viewing for any fan of classic comedic kung fu sequences. Gordon is in his top form and is a must for anyone collecting comedic kung-fu or Gordon Liu.

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