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"The Nationalism
of The Hung
Boxing Kid"
by Chun Ming,
an article from

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Black and white photocopy of 
cover to Influence Magazine #13
173k | 360k
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Influence Magazine
#13 (April 1976),
roughly translated
by Michael
Min-Chi Wong

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From Influence Magazine (Taipei, Taiwan) #13 (April 1976), pp. 35-37:
by Su Chi

"The Hung Boxing Kid" is about a young man from the village who ends up in a big city and makes a fortune for himself with his own two fists, but in the end sacrifices his life foolishly between the business struggle of two capitalistic conglomerates. Even thought the film was made in Taiwan, the Scriptwriter (Ngai Hong), Director (Chang Cheh), and Main Actor (Fu Shing) were all from the Hong Kong movie industry, and it also represented Hong Kong in this year's Asian Movie Festival, but this unwittingly made me realize this movie's real intent: Actually, it is using the character Kwan Fung Yee (Fu Shing), to reflect those youths who escaped from the mainland to Hong Kong, and in the end ended up in the gutter. Some of the lines in the movie, like "back in my village there was nowhere to spend money, it's not until I got to the big city that I knew how great money is", "I have been living in the village since I was born, I was so poor that I didn't even have a pair of shoes", "Hark Wor Bo went back to the village to escape from trouble" etc, take on a new level of meaning. But don't think Chang Cheh and Ngai Hong are intentionally criticizing this sinful materialistic world. Even though the movie spends a lot of time describing Kwan Fung Yee's corruption by materialism (shoes, a golden watch, a ring) and intentionally (and insincerely) uglifies big capitalists, in the end, it still spares Boss Ho, who doesn't care about other people's lives and is only concerned about himself. It placed all the blame on Kwan Fung Yee's ignorance and innocence ("He was killed by other people", Boss Ho said. "It's all his own fault". Kwan's elder has no response to this.) and the Manchurian, Hark Wor Bo (The supposed "Manchurians" refers to some other non-native people living in Hong Kong.) At this point, it's not hard to understand why "The Hung Boxing Kid" could defeat the original shoo-in release, "Brave Glorious for 1000 Autumns", and got the "honor" of "the film most exemplifying nationalism" in the Asian movie festival as a kung fu film (second submission, 1975 December 22nd).

(year) Chinese literal translation English title
1963 Wildfire[no english title provided in the article]
1963 Butterfly Cup The Butterfly Cup
1964 The Tiger Hero kills enemies Tiger Boy
1966 Three Heroes at border townThe Magnificent Trio
1967 Gut slicing swordThe Trail of the Broken Blade
 One Armed SaberThe One-armed Swordsman
 Famous AssassinThe Assassin
1968Golden SwallowGolden Swallow (The Girl With the Thunderbolt Kick)
 Dagger ThrowerThe Flying Dagger
 One Armed Saber KingReturn of the One-Armed Swordsman
1969Famous robber king of songsThe Singing Thief
 Dead CornerDead End
 Merciless Iron FistThe Invincible Fist
 Little Wandering HeroThe Wandering Swordsman
 BodyguardHave Sword Will Travel
 The 13th brotherThe Heroic Ones
 Eagle KingKing Eagle
 Little KillerSinging Killer
1971New One-Armed SaberThe New One-Armed Swordsman
 Big DuelThe Duel
 No name HeroesThe Anonymous Heroes
 BoxingDuel of Fists (The Chinese Connection)
 Two HeroesThe Deadly Duo
1972Angry GuestThe Angry Guest
 The story of Water MarginThe Water Margin
 Trilogy of SwordsmanshipMeeting of heroes
     (white water beach)    (episode "White Water Strand")
      a section of classic drama from "meeting of heroes"
      co-directed with Awk Larm and Ching Gong
<37>Young PeopleYoung People
 Delightful ForestThe Delightful Forest co-directed with Bao Hok Lai
 Ma Wing JingThe Boxer from ShanTung co-directed with Bao Hok Lai
 Series of connected vengeanceMan of Iron co-directed with Bao Hok Lai
 Four ridersFour Riders (Hellfighters from the East)
1973Angry youthsThe Delinquent co-directed with Bao hok Lai
 Assassinate Mr. MaBlood Brothers (Chinese Vengeance)
 RebellionThe Generation Gap
 CopPolice Force Co-directed with Tsai Yang Ming
 Big PirateThe Pirate co-directed with Bao Hok Lai and Ng Ma
 Big Saber Wong HmmIron Bodyguard co-directed with Bao Hok Lai
 Story of wiping out banditsAll Man are Brothers co-directed with Ng Ma
 EscapeThe Escape co-directed with Suen Chung
1973Fong Sai Yuk And Hung Hei Kwan  Heroes Two (Temple of the Dragon)
1974Five Tiger GeneralsThe Savage Five
 Shaolin Students Men from the Monastery (Dragon's Teeth)
 Hung Boxing and Wing ChunShao Lin Martial Arts
 Na ChaNa Cha the Great
 5 Masters from ShaolinFive Shaolin Masters (Five Exponents of Shaolin Boxing)
19758 Countries allied against ChinaBoxer Rebellion
 Hung Boxing KidThe Disciples of Shaolin (The Hung Boxing Kid)
 Red ChildThe Fantastic Magic Baby (Child in Red)
 HellThe Hell co-directed with Lau Kar Leung
 Marco PoloMarco Polo
 The 8 path buildingsThe 7 Dare Devils [Seven Man Army]
1976Fong Sai Yuk and Wu Wai Kin[no english title provided in the article, but the title is
       Invincible Kung Fu Brothers, aka The Shaolin Avengers]
 Idiot Kid[no english title provided in the article]

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