"Legend of a Fighter" a.k.a. (Secret Master) (1982)
Legend of a Fighter,also known as 霍元甲 or Huo Yuan Jia and Secret Master is a 1982 Hong Kong martial arts film based on the story of Chinese martial artist Huo Yuanjia (Cantonese: Fok Yuen-gap). Directed by Yuen Woo-ping, the film starred Bryan Leung as the lead character.","(About this film): Legend of a Fighter is a 1982 Hong Kong martial arts film based on the story of Chinese martial artist Huo Yuanjia (Cantonese: Fok Yuen-gap). Directed by Yuen Woo-ping, the film starred Bryan Leung as the lead character.
(Synopsis): This movie is what kung fu films are all about-great story, top notch choreography, fine direction and acting. Yuen Woo Ping directs and delivers the goods in this tale of the legendary fighter Ho Yuan Chia.
The Ho family’s kung fu is well known throughout China. Young Ho (Yuen Yat Chor) doesn’t stand up to his father’s requirements to learn his family’s style and is forced to study reading and writing. Ho’s father (Phillip Ko) hires a teacher (Yasuaki Kurata) from Japan to further his sons studies. This teacher secretly is a Bushido expert and wants to further his knowledge in Chinese martial arts. After seeing the yearning Ho has for learning martial arts, the teacher begins to teach him kung fu as well as his regular studies. The years go by and now the older Ho Yuan Chia (Leung Kar Yan) is ready and able to fight. After Ho defeats a Japanese fighter, who commits suicide in shame of losing, he receives a death challenge from an ally who wants revenge for his friends death. When the Japanese challenger arrives in China, Ho Yuan Chia’s past catches up with him and a cruel twist of fate ends this film.
A masterpiece choreographed by the Yuen Clan, this movie is highly recommended, even if you don't like kung fu films.
Starring: Leung Kar Yan, Yasuaki Kurata (Shoji Kurata), Yuen Yat Choh, Phillip Ko Fei, Brandy Yuen (Jan Yeung), Lau Hok Nin, Charlie Chan (Yiu Lam), Lee Ka Ting, Fung Fung, Huang Ha, Fung Hak On, San Kuai, Yuen Cheung Yan Fong Yau
Director: Yuen Woo Ping, Producer: Ng See Yuen, Action Director: Brandy Yuen Jan Yeung, Yuen Cheung Yan, Yuen Shun Yee, Yuen Woo Ping, Yuen Yat Chor, Languages: English, Running Time: 92 minutes, Production company: Seasonal Film Corporation, Release date: 12 February 1982