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Original Name  打擂台
Official Release Date Jul 20, 2010
Starring Bruce Leung, Chan Koon Tai, Teddy Robin, Wong You Nam, Jia Xiao Chen, MC Jin, Susan Shaw, Li Hai Tao, Law Wing Cheong, Chan Wai Man, Turbo Law, Koo Koon Chung
Director Derek Kwok, Clement Cheng
Screen Format Anamorphic Wide Screen
Video Format NTSC
Audio Dolby Digital
Language Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles Chinese, English
Year 2010
Running Time 98 Minutes
Genre Action
Version  Hong Kong
  Category IIB
Not suitable for young persons and children.
PAX-Code PAX0003091943
Catalog No.  KDVD3645
Item Code  4897005036457

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"Law's Tea House" is out-of-date. Shopkeeper Dragon and chef Tiger are already late fifties old men who have waited for their paralyzed kung-fu master Law Sun to wake up for 30 years. Property company messenger Cheung is ineffective in work, aimless in life. Cheung used to be a kung-fu enthusiast but had been forced to give up due to suffering from asthma. Cheung's passion in kung-fu revives after Tiger fights off the bully gang for him and he also encounters adorable lass Kwai. Cheung gets involved in the dispute of the young proprietor Mang's retrieval of properties including, "Law's Tea House" during which Cheung accidentally triggers Law Sun to wake up. Law Sun's return brings back vigor for "Law's Tea House" to resume "The Gate of Law." He trains Dragon, Tiger, and Cheung severely to fight for their lost of dignity.

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Total votes:3

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anthonywijaya78 (286) on 03, May. 2011 20:11 (HKT)
One of Teddy Robin's best performances
Well, the Editor has already done a good job but I really hope it will win many Movie Festival Awards for its originallity and theme song

Go get and enjoy this!!
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Doctor Forbidden (26) on 12, Sep. 2010 15:07 (HKT)
Must-watch for fans of Hong Kong martial arts films
Wong You Nam plays a skinny weakling named Cheung, who is assigned by his company to aid a customer in closing a land purchasing deal in the New Territories. The property in question is a converted martial arts school owned by Master Law (Teddy Robin), who has been in a coma as a result of a duel 30 years ago. Master Law has been cared for by two of his students, Soon and Seng (played by martial arts screen legends Leung Siu Lung and Chan Koon Tai, respectively). When the buyer (MC Jin), who coincidentally was the victim of ‘s childhood bullying, attempt to recover the lease contract through illicit means, they inadvertently wake Master Law from his coma, who then proceeds to teach the true meaning of being a warrior, as well as rekindle the flame of martial arts spirit and honour in his two now-aged students.

The Gallants is Hong Kong actor Lam Ka Tung’s first foray into film production, and he succeeds remarkably in bringing the film to vibrant life. The Gallants is, at its heart, a love letter to martial arts films of yesteryears. Aside from Leung Siu Lung and Chan Koon Tai, other legendary actors such as Chan Wai Mun, Turbo Law, Susan Shaw, and Ku Koon Chung lend their talents in supporting roles. Even longtime Johnnie To associate director Law Wing Cheung gets in on the act with a guest spot. Their involvement bring a depth and richness to the film and plot, and the film would not have worked at all without their presence. The theme song for the film is a remixed rap version of Johnny Yip’s 1980 theme song for the Legendary Fok Yuen Gap TV series, in which Leung Siu Lung played a prominent role. Of the main cast, Teddy Robin steals the scene repeatedly as the hilariously foul-mouthed Master Law. Leung Siu Lung gets top-bill in this film, and he does most of the fighting as well. For a man in his 60s, Leung’s form is still flawless. The choreography by Yuen Tak is smooth and cleanly shot, making the most of Leung’s skills, as well as those of Li Haitao, Chinese Sanda fighter and actor.

Visually, the film is well-lensed, retaining an old-school feel with the occasional split-screens and extreme close-ups, but with the sharpness and contrast of modern-stylings in the mise-en-scene. Unfortunately, the quality of the DVD from Kam & Ronson, perhaps unsurprisingly, is not truly up to par. Blurry picture quality in a few scenes and pixellation during layer change mar the enjoyment of a truly superb film. This DVD would have easily gotten 5 stars otherwise. Extras are standard, with Making-Of documentaries and a music video of MC Jin performing the theme song. Overall, this film is a must-watch for fans of Hong Kong martial arts films, even on a less than adequate DVD.
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roycck (273) on 07, Aug. 2010 15:03 (HKT)
Nice Action Scenes
The tag line goes like they are old but they can still fight! Dont be fool by their ages, these guys still can kick and pummel. Gallants is a kung fu drama which no less entertain you with some nifty kung fu moves. I really enjoy this. 4/5 stars!
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