My Young Auntie

Overview

In a change from the usual action film, this story starts with the marriage of a young, uptight female martial-arts champion, Cheng Tai-nun Hui Ying-hung to an elderly and very wealthy landowner. The marriage is in name only, and takes place at the wishes of the old man expressly to keep his estate from falling into the greedy and unscrupulous hands of his brother. Tai-nun inherits his estate when he dies, and is soon in Canton, staying with her older nephew by marriage, Yu Cheng-chuan Liu Chia-liang, and his ...
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Overview

In a change from the usual action film, this story starts with the marriage of a young, uptight female martial-arts champion, Cheng Tai-nun Hui Ying-hung to an elderly and very wealthy landowner. The marriage is in name only, and takes place at the wishes of the old man expressly to keep his estate from falling into the greedy and unscrupulous hands of his brother. Tai-nun inherits his estate when he dies, and is soon in Canton, staying with her older nephew by marriage, Yu Cheng-chuan Liu Chia-liang, and his young and attractive son Yu Tao Hsia Hou. When the traditional and conservative Tai-nun, a woman from the provinces, runs into the modern and Westernized Yu Tao for the first time, the sparks fly and the comedy of cultural clashes begins. As the relationship between the two young protagonists of the old versus the new takes its own jaunty course, the evil brother steals the deed to the dead husband's estate, and the action begins. Tai-nun gets to showcase her martial-arts talents, as her views of the world slowly begin to change.
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Special Features

Interviews with star Kara Hui; Feature commentary by film critics Andy Klein and Elvis Mitchell; Interview with film scholars David Chute and Andy Klein; Stills gallery; Trailer gallery; Commenatator biographies
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
By the end of the '70s the Shaw Brothers kung fu films started to get bogged down with angst-ridden heroes in a hopelessly corrupt world. Refreshingly light as a feather in contrast are the nimble entertainments of director/choreographer/actor Lau Kar-Leung. 1980's My Young Auntie reverses the male-hero centered films of the seventies with a high concept comedy about a young female fighter (Kara Hui) given elder status to the chagrin of her cocky nephew Ah "Charlie" Tao (Hsiao Ho) in order to protect her deceased master's wealth. Lau excels at using fight scenes to accent and develop the story while exploiting surrounding circumstances for self-aware thrills. An early scene establishes the auntie's prowess to the disbelief of pigheaded Shanghai men when Hui casually fighting off a gang of lecherous "rascals" from the seat of a rickshaw. Later, her confidence charmingly gives way to country bumpkin awkwardness in a street fight that erupts at a chic Western-style shopping center. Playing headstrong and gawky, glamorous and geeky Hui is a graceful and engaging heroine. (She won the Best Actress award for her performance at the Hong Kong Film Awards.) Hsiao is an obnoxious ham and Charlie is an irritating character, but Lau, playing Charlie's father and auntie's brother-in-law, is an accomplished supporting player, both as a fighter and comic. The sets and photography have a pleasantly airy and pastel tone. Lau inexplicably spoils much of the good will he's built up by excluding Hui from the climatic battle when the villains tie up auntie and she has to watch the other characters save her. It's a disappointing, pig-headed conclusion to an otherwise mindless good time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2007
  • UPC: 796019799638
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Rating:

  • Source: Weinstein Company
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: Chinese
  • Time: 2:04:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 36,004

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liu Chia-Liang
Hui Ying-Hung
Liu Chia-hui
Technical Credits
Liu Chia-Liang Director, Screenwriter
Ching Hsing-lung Editor
Mona Fong Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- My Young Auntie
1. Two Favors [3:53]
2. Main Titles [2:14]
3. Meeting Auntie [3:33]
4. Routing Rascals [2:51]
5. Uncle's Will [6:03]
6. Charlie Comes Home [6:50]
7. Family Disciple [4:31]
8. Higher [4:30]
9. A Trip to Town [6:37]
10. Plotting Payback [4:13]
11. Charlie's Invitation [5:16]
12. Masquerade Ball [4:54]
13. Univited Guest [8:07]
14. The Police Arrive [2:54]
15. False Arrest [2:54]
16. Stolen Deeds [2:38]
17. Gathering the Uncles [3:42]
18. Training [3:03]
19. Entering the Compound [6:11]
20. Stay Behind Me [5:26]
21. Attack His Privates [7:55]
22. Uncles to the Rescue [6:11]
23. Hard Qi Gong [5:38]
24. Sign the Deeds [8:59]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- My Young Auntie
   Play
   Scenes
   Audio Setup
      Mandarin
      English
   Subtitle Setup
      English
      Spanish
      English for the Hearing Impaired
      None
   Special Features
      Feature Commentary
         View the Film With Feature Commentary by Andy Klein & Elvis Mitchell On / Off
         Commentator Bios
            Andy Klein
            Elvis Mitchell
      Interview Gallery
         Interview With Star Kara Hui
         Interview With Film Critic/Scholars David Chute & Andy Klein
      Trailer Gallery
         My Young Auntie Trailers
            Original Theatrical Trailer
            New Home Video Trailer
         Other Films From These Filmmakers
            Blood Brothers
            Buddha's Palm
            Dirty Ho
            Hereos of the East
            Lady is the Boss
            Mad Monkey Kung Fu
         Shaw Bros. Films Currently Available
            One-Armed Swordsman
            King Boxer
            The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
            The Shaw Bros. Collection
         Dragon Dynasty Trailers
            Born to Fight
            Infernal Affairs 3
            Seven Swords
      Stills Gallery
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