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Half a Loaf of Kung Fu
Directed by Chen Chi-hwa • 1978 • Hong Kong
Starring Jackie Chan, Lung Chun-erh, Chin Cheng-lan
One of Jackie Chan’s first forays into the kung-fu comedy style that would become his signature is an unabashedly silly historical adventure in which he plays a hapless student who assumes the identity of a dead martial-arts master and is launched on a treacherous quest to retrieve a sacred jade plant. Released just months before DRUNKEN MASTER would launch him to superstardom, HALF A LOAF OF KUNG FU finds Chan spoofing the conventions of the typical Hong Kong martial-arts movie to hilarious effect.