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My Young Auntie (1981)

Zhang bei (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy | 1981 (Hong Kong)
Cheng Tai-Nan (Kara Hui) is an honest and faithful servant of a dying patriarch who wants nothing more than to protect his vast wealth from his selfish, conniving nephew, Yung-Sheng. ... See full summary »

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Chia-Liang Liu

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Chia-Liang Liu (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Chia-Liang Liu ... Yu Ching-Chuen
Kara Wai ... Cheng Tai-Nan (as Kara Hui)
Hou Hsiao Hou Hsiao ... Charlie Yu Tao
Lung Wei Wang ... Yu Yung-Sheng
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tung-Kua Ai
Kwok Keung Chan Kwok Keung Chan ... (as Kuo-Chiang Chen)
Wing-Hon Cheung
Tat-Wah Cho ... Ching Fu, Iron Man of Canton
Yeong-Mun Kwon Yeong-Mun Kwon
King Chu Lee
Ta Lei ... Boat passenger
Hsueh-Ming Liao Hsueh-Ming Liao
Hua Lin Hua Lin ... Spectator
Hui Huang Lin
Ke Ming Lin
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Cheng Tai-Nan (Kara Hui) is an honest and faithful servant of a dying patriarch who wants nothing more than to protect his vast wealth from his selfish, conniving nephew, Yung-Sheng. Tai-Nan is young enough to be his granddaughter, but still agrees to marry her master so that all of his wealth will be lawfully safe with her so she can then transfer it to Ching-Chuen (Lau Kar-Leung), her new husband/master's favorite nephew. This angers the hateful Yung-Sheng greatly, who sends multiple thugs after Tai-Nan, but she is a highly skilled martial artist who is not easily defeated. Amazingly, things become even more complicated when Ching-Chuen's son, Yu Tao (Hou Hsiao), arrives home from a university in Hong Kong and discovers a mysterious women in his house and attacks her, not realizing she is actually his new great aunt, Tai-Nan. Complicating things even more is the uncomfortable sexual tension between Yu Tao and Tai-Nan. Next Yung-Sheng finally manages to steal all the paperwork, ... Written by Deadly_Ninja_Hunter

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Action | Comedy

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

1981 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Shaw Brothers See more »
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Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Kara Hui shot the rickshaw scene while recovering from an appendectomy. She had to move very carefully or risk tearing out the stitches. See more »

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She's a dashing "Young Auntie"
4 January 2019 | by dee.reidSee all my reviews

Liu Chia-Liang's 1981 martial arts action-comedy is a rather unusual entry in the Shaw Brothers Studio output of kung-fu kick-'em-ups released in the '70s and '80s. "My Young Auntie" has a very strong emphasis on slapstick comedy - which stretches a lot further than I think the material really allows it to - over elaborately staged fighting sequences, which don't really come into play until the film's last half-hour.

Until then, the audience has to sit through a lot of familial comedy, which does not always work, and can make the film a drag. (It's 124 minutes in length, according to the official runtime on the Dragon Dynasty DVD, but it actually clocks in somewhere around 119 minutes.) Even I found the slapstick comedy to bring the film to a halt in some places, which is sometimes alleviated by a well-choreographed, if slapstick, fight scene, which seems more in the vein of Jackie Chan.

But even in the midst of it all, we get one of the very best performances out of its lead actress, who became one of the more noteworthy female martial arts action stars of her era. In the film, Tai-Nan Cheng (Kara Hui, credited here by her birth name, Hui Ying-Hung) is the dedicated servant of a dying elderly patriarch who marries him to prevent his inheritance from falling into the hands of his greedy brother Yu Yung-Sheng (Wang Lung-Wei). And of course, she butts heads with her new in-laws, even as she continually clashes with Yu Yung-Sheng's band of hired martial arts-trained hoodlums.

"My Young Auntie" primarily suffers from an overly long running time, which causes the slapstick comedy bits to wear themselves out pretty quickly and leaves you waiting for the fighting to begin. Perhaps if "My Young Auntie" was shorter, this could have worked. But what keeps you watching, really, is the dashing lead performance of Kara Hui, who had no prior martial arts background (she was a dancer), but relied on her physicality and grace to aid her in the film's fight scenes. And this also means that she is a great actress, too, and is easy on the eyes. In short, Kara Hui really carries this film.

All in all, if you're in the mood for a kung-fu movie that's slightly different from so many of the others, then give "My Young Auntie" a spin - if for nothing else, to watch Kara Hui in action.

7/10


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