Yuen Biao, Sammo Hung & Frankie Chan Interview – The Prodigal Son

Yuen Biao, Sammo Hung & Frankie Chan Interview – The Prodigal Son
The Prodigal Son is a 1981 Hong Kong martial arts comedy film starring Yuen Biao, and also written and directed by Sammo Hung, who also co-stars in the film. The film was released on 22 December 1981 and grossed HK$9,150,729. The Prodigal Son was nominated for two Hong Kong Film Awards and won the award for Best Action Choreography.

The film tells the story of Leung Chang, the son of wealthy man who is half-heartedly studying kung fu. Leung Chang’s lack of expertise forces his father to pay people to lose to him in fights. After Leung Chang discovers that his father has been deceiving him, he becomes inspired to study martial arts more seriously and attempts convince a kung fu expert to take him on as a student.

The Prodigal Son was released in Hong Kong on 22 December 1981. The film grossed a total of HK$ 9,150,729 at the Hong Kong box office. The Prodigal Son was released on DVD by Image Entertainment on 15 June 1999. It was later released again by 20th Century Fox in 2004 on DVD.

At the 2nd Hong Kong Film Awards, Sammo Hung, Lam Ching-ying, Yuen Biao and Billy Chan won the award for Best Action Choreography for their work in The Prodigal Son. The Prodigal Son was nominated for the Best Film and Best Director (Hung) awards, but lost both awards to Ann Hui’s Boat People. In 2012, Time Out placed The Prodigal Son at number 54 on their list of Top 100 Hong Kong films.

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