January 22, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Magnificent Butcher

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Sammo Hung
director
Sammo Hung
genre
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure, Foreign Language
We gave it a C+

Now that Martial Law has made Sammo Hung a Stateside name, it opens up the fan base for his Hong Kong flicks — thoughonly hardcore chopsocky connoisseurs could love the 20-year-old relic Magnificent Butcher about feuding kung fu academies, what with its bleary picture and cartoonishly bad dubbing. Yet even here Hung shows us his stuff: an agility amazing for one of such ample girth and a comic persona that converts even his deadliest duels into slapstick ballet. C+

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