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Dirty Ho
Literal Title: Rotten Head Ho
Year: 1979
Director: Lau Kar-Leung
Action: Lau Kar-Leung
Producer Run Run Shaw, Mona Fong Yat-Wa
Cast: Wong Yue, Gordon Liu Chia-Hui, Lo Lieh, Hisao Ho, Kara Hui Ying-Hung, Chan Si-Gaai, Yau Chui-Ling, Cheng Miu, Yeung Chi-Hing, Jamie Luk Kin-Ming, Johnny Wang Lung-Wei, Wilson Tong Wai-Shing
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     While it does claim the single greatest title in cinema history, Dirty Ho has a lot more going for it than mere novelty status. Directed by Liu Chia-Liang (AKA: Lau Kar-Leung), the film features Wong Yue as the title character, an impetuous young punk who meets up with a slumming, prince-in-disguise played by the Shaolin Master Killer himself, Gordon Liu Chia-Hui. After a series of humorous, well-choreographed fight sequences, the two (in true buddy movie fashion) form an unlikely friendship as they try to overcome a royal assassination plot. Though the fighting is perhaps not as speedy as most would expect from a Hong Kong flick, the action set pieces in Dirty Ho are so intricately choreographed—and oftentimes shot in a single take—that you can't help but be impressed. And if the title alone isn't enough to convince you of its classic status, Dirty Ho even boasts one of the funniest taglines in recent memory: "You haven't lived until you've fought Dirty Ho…and then you're dead!" (Calvin McMillin 2003)

Notes: This capsule review is based on Ground Zero's English dubbed version. An expanded review will be posted once Intercontinental Video Limited releases the original language version.
Availability: DVD (USA)
Region 0 NTSC
Ground Zero
English Dubbed
image courtesy of Ground Zero Home Video Copyright ©2002-2017 Ross Chen