THE BASHER DOUBLE FEATURE - 4K RESTORATION DVD (THE AWAKEN PUNCH+THE PRODIGAL BOXER) [DVD] [1972 & 1973 ]
The Awaken Punch’s Henry Yu Yang plays an altruistic fighter who begins to build a name for himself as he violently cleans up a town from within its more seedier elements.
The Prodigal Boxer (1972) is an early take on the legend of martial artist Fong Sai-Yuk (later to be portrayed by the likes of Jet Li and Alexander Fu-Sheng), here played by Mang Fei.
MPAA Rating: R
In a 1973 film that bears many similarities to Bruce Lee’s debut film The Big Boss, The Awaken Punch’s Henry Yu Yang plays an altruistic fighter who begins to build a name for himself as he violently cleans up a town from within its seedier elements. But when he must abide by a promise to his dying father to give up his fighting ways, he will be faced with a new challenge in the arrival of the knife-throwing master Tien Feng (Fist of Fury) and his gang. With action from the legendary Yuen Woo-Ping (Matrix, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and a cameo from a young Jackie Chan and others, this basher is the epitome of the Punch and Block violence that began a long trend within Martial Arts cinema. USA aka title: Fury of the Black Belt.
The Prodigal Boxer (1972) is an early take on the legend of martial artist Fong Sai-Yuk (later to be portrayed by the likes of Jet Li and Alexander Fu-Sheng), here played by Meng Fei. Once Fong Inadvertently kills a student of the rival school run by Iron Hand Tan (Kurata Yasuaki), this action leads to a series of near-death confrontations between the men concluding in a tournament battle of the ages. Choreographed by Shaw Brothers’ Lau Kar-Wing (the brother of the great Gordon Liu and Lau Kar-Leung) this film represents the brawling style of the time as well as the genesis of the more stylistic “Shapes” trend of martial arts action that would soon follow.
The Awakening Punch cast: Yung Henry Yu, Pui-San Auyeung, Feng Tien, Li Meng, Nancy Sit Director: Lung-Hsiang Fang, Writers: Lung-Hsiang Fang (screenplay) | Cory B. Sorangaya (story), Producer: Jimmy L. Pascual, Composer: Fu-Liang Chou, Cinematographer: Shan Hua Prodical Boxer cast: Fei Meng, Lin-Lin Li, Yasuaki Kurata, Hung Pai, Ching Wong Director: Yang-Ming Tsai, Writer: Kuang Ni (as Kwang Ngee), Producer: Ying Chang, Composer: Cheng Chang, Cinematographer: Yung-Sheng Chou (as Yung Sin Chao)
Language English Dub
Audio MONO PCM
Aspect Ratio Aspect: 2.35:1
Subtitles Opt. English Subtitles SDH
Year 1972 & 1973