Master Wang (Gordon Liu) is really the eleventh prince of Manchuria in disguise, trying to discover which of the other fourteen heirs to the throne are trying to kill him. He’s pretending to be a jewelry dealer which brings him into the world of jewel thief Dirty Ho (Wong Yue). Also, Wang is such a good fighter that he’s able to defeat people without ever seeming to be fighting them!
Wang conspires to get Ho to ask him to teach him in the ways of fighting. After Master Wang is injured, he demands that Ho take him on a journey to a ruined city battered by the wind in an astounding segment of this movie.
While so much of this Lau Kar-Leung-directed movie is given to comedy and wine-tasting, the last fights of the film make it worth a watch. It’s also a film that subverts the usual master and student story and has a Manchu character as the hero.
The Arrow Video Shaw Scope Volume One box set has a brand new 2K restoration of Dirty Ho from the original negative by Arrow Films. There are uncompressed Cantonese, Mandarin and English original mono audio, as well as newly translated English subtitles and English hard-of-hearing subtitles for the English dubs.
It also has alternate English credits, an appreciation of the movie by film critic and historian Tony Rayns, a Hong Kong trailer and an image gallery.
You can get this set from MVD.
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