Fong Sai-Yuk

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Starring the fabulous Jet Li, this incredible historical epic with its deft blend of high drama, slapstick, and more subtle forms of comedy coupled with breathtaking martial-arts action represents Hong Kong -- filmmaking at its very best. The story contains many serpentine twists and a complex mixture of plots and subplots. The story is set during the Manchu dynasty in Canton. Li plays Sai Yuk, a courageous young martial-arts expert who is the very best around, as can be seen in the opening kung-fu matches. Those...
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Overview

Starring the fabulous Jet Li, this incredible historical epic with its deft blend of high drama, slapstick, and more subtle forms of comedy coupled with breathtaking martial-arts action represents Hong Kong -- filmmaking at its very best. The story contains many serpentine twists and a complex mixture of plots and subplots. The story is set during the Manchu dynasty in Canton. Li plays Sai Yuk, a courageous young martial-arts expert who is the very best around, as can be seen in the opening kung-fu matches. Those he beats swear vengeance, and a chaotic fight breaks out. All involved, including Sai Yuk, end up in jail. Sai Yuk's father is most displeased. Later Tiger Lei, a local official, decrees that whoever can beat his wife, Siu Huan, in a match will win his daughter Ting Ting's hand in marriage. Lei then builds an enormous scaffold on which the combatants will fight; the first fighter to touch the ground loses. Sai Yuk gladly takes on the feisty mother. Unfortunately, after seeing the homely woman he takes to be Ting Ting, Sai Yuk decides to lose the fight. His own wild and crazy mother is mortified by the potential loss of face. To save the family honor, she masquerades as Sai Yuk's brother, Tai Yuk, and beats the tar out of Siu Huan. Unfortunately, Lei insists that the victor honor the marriage contract, something complicated by the fact that Siu Huan finds Tai Yuk irresistibly handsome. While that mess gets untangled, another brews when the family learns that patriarch Fong is a member of the notorious rebel Red Lotus Society, a group the governor has vowed to destroy with the help of Tiger Lei. Back again to the romantic travails, after much confusion, Sai Yuk and Ting Ting agree to marry and begin preparing for their wedding. They hold a pre-nuptial feast, one that the governor attends. Chop-socky chaos ensues resulting in the accidental shooting of Siu Huan and the capture of the elder Fong. This leaves the son to figure out how to save his father from losing his head to the vengeful official. The story's climax involves a major confrontation between the governor, Sai-Yuk, his lady, his crazy mother, and a town full of irate citizens. A sequel, Fong Sai-Yuk 2, followed.
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Special Features

Feature commentary by Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan; Hit Hard & Fly High; The Pen is mightier than the sword
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/2009
  • UPC: 796019819237
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Rating:

  • Source: Dragon Dynasty
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,717

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jet Li Fong Sai-yuk
Josephine Siao Fong-fong Mother Fong
Adam Cheng Chen Jialuo
Zhao Wenzhuo
Michelle Reis
Chu Kong Father Fong
Sibelle Hu Girl's Mom
Paul Chu
Chiao Wen Jor
Chan Ka Lok
Chen Sung-Yung
Technical Credits
Corey Yuen Director
Romeo Diaz Score Composer
Ann Hui Co-producer, Production Designer
James Wong Score Composer
Chan Kin-Chung Screenwriter
Jet Li Executive Producer
Jingle Ma Cinematographer
Kay On Screenwriter
Chui Po-chu Producer
Tsoi Kang Yung Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Legend of Fong Sai Yuk
1. The Assassin [5:09]
2. Relay Race [8:28]
3. Shoplifter [8:12]
4. Kung Fu Competition [10:17]
5. Tai Yuk [6:00]
6. I Love Another [3:11]
7. Escape [4:34]
8. Red Flower Brotherhood [11:16]
9. You! [7:49]
10. I've Come For My Friend [1:29]
11. Tai Yuk Has Returned [5:09]
12. Execution [5:53]
13. Rescue [5:15]
14. Reinforcements [6:53]
15. Epilogue [2:27]
16. End Credits [1:29]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Legend of Fong Sai Yuk
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         Cantonese
         English
      Captions & Subtitles
         English
         English For the Hearing Impaired
         Spanish
         None
   Special Features
      View the Film With Audio Commentary by Hong Kong Cinematographer Bey Logan - On
      View the Film With Audio Commentary by Hong Kong Cinematographer Bey Logan - Off
      Hit Hard & Fly High: An Exclusive Interview With Director & Legendary Hollywood Fight Choreographer Corey Yuen-Kwai
      The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword: An Exclusive Interview With Writer Jeff Lau
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2002

    ''The Legend'' IS NOT ''Fong Sai Yuk''

    This appears to be ''The Legend'' which is not the same movie as the original ''Fong Sai Yuk''. This Disney/Miramax butchering of the original movie has been dubbed by terrible voice actors and has entire scenes censored from it. The original ''Fong Sai Yuk'' is in Cantonese Chinese and features the excellent comedic acting of Jet Li and Josephine Siao. Buyer Beware!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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