Legendary kung fu superstar Sammo Hung was nominated for Best Director in the 1983 Hong Kong Film Awards for his comedic action flick The Prodigal Son, which also nabbed a Best Picture nomination. The film won the award for Best Action Choreography, and too few users of Criticker have seen why… which is why The Prodigal Son is our latest neglected gem.
The titular character is Leung Jan, played by the charismatic Yuen Biao, the pampered son of a wealthy family. A student of kung fu, he believes himself to be the world’s greatest fighter, and has an unbeaten streak of over 300 fights to back the claim up. But Leung isn’t aware that his father has been bribing his opponents to lose. In fact, he’s a terrible fighter, and could be easily defeated by even the most amateur of enemies.