Last Hurrah for Chivalry, also known as 豪侠, is a 1979 Hong Kong martial arts film written, produced and directed by John Woo, and starring Damian Lau and Wei Pai. The film is a precursor to Woo's heroic bloodshed films. The film was released in the Hong Kong on 11 November 1979.
(Synopsis): In the Chinese wu hsia (martial chivalry) genre, sword-swinging heroes are often referred to as “altruists,” and it’s that aspect of the legend that gets a workout in this 1978 John Woo effort. Kao (Lau Kong), the duplicitous pivotal character, has purchased a beautiful wife for 1,000 taels of gold; alas, his rival, the prodigious fighter Pei, has paid her 2,000 taels to kill him. The moral is that when loyalty can be purchased, it no longer exists. The central action unfolds against this backdrop of a cynical, mercenary world. Kao selects a couple of fighters as soldiers in his quest for revenge, but being rare and noble souls they won’t fight for money alone. Only after Kao, in a calculated move, helps Chang’s dying mother will the fighters agree to take the case. This is only a moderately successful action movie, but it was a crucial stepping-stone in Woo’s career: the action scenes, the highly emotional friendships, and the romantic music recall Chang Cheh, who Woo credits as an inspiration for his later gangster pictures, A Better Tomorrow and The Killer. The mournful resignation, the fading values, even the final assault on the baddie’s headquarters, all these flourishes became staples of the Hong Kong gang films of the 1980s–though the gang flicks can’t boast eccentric characters like the Sleeping Wizard, who fights in his sleep.
Starring: Damian Lau Chung Yun, Wai Pai, Lau Kong, Lee Hoi San, Hsu Hsia Fung Hak On, Chin Yuet Sang,Ngai Chau Wah, Cheng Lui
Director: John Woo, Producer: John Woo, Action Director: Alan Chui Chung San, Fung Hak On, Huang Ha, Format: Widescreen, NTSC, Language: Cantonese, English Running Time: 106 Minutes.