1977 • Hong Kong • Directed by Cheh Chang
One of director Chang Cheh’s most inarguable talents was discovering new on-screen talent and catapulting them to stardom, and few stars shone brighter than the cheeky, handsome Alexander Fu Sheng. A very contemporary deviation from the usual period setting of their films, Chinatown Kid is one of Chang and Fu Sheng’s greatest collaborations, and after years of only being officially available in a heavily censored form, has finally been restored to its hard-hitting uncut glory.
Tam Tung (Fu Sheng) arrives in Hong Kong to help out his elderly grandfather, but his accomplished martial arts skills soon attract the unwelcome attention of the Triads and he is forced to flee to San Francisco. Once there, Tam soon finds himself in the middle of a brutal turf war between two rival gangs, the Green Tigers and the White Dragons. The seductive lure of fast money and power prove irresistible as the violence rages on – can Tam’s fighting abilities save him from getting in too deep and losing his soul?