“Dirty Ho” I would say was one of those movies I use to always hear about but never seen. It also had a funny name so I guess I didn’t take it seriously, but we all know you shouldn’t do that with Kung Fu movies.
So I finally purchased “Dirty Ho” a couple of years ago and was pleasantly surprised. It stars my man Gordon Liu and Wong Yue. Who plays Ho.
Gordon’s (Mr. Wang) character is the 11th son of the Chinese Emperor and is traveling the town enjoying the finer things in life while maintaining his Kung Fu mastership but undercover, so no one really knows who he is.
Dirty Ho and Mr. Wang’s characters meet in a brothel under unfavorable circumstances. Ho is a thief and a conman who gets outsmarted by Mr. Wang. Because of this, Ho is determined to even the score with Mr. Wang and get what’s his.
“Dirty Ho” is full of comedic scenes and great fighting, one of the funnier scenes is when Ho fights The 4 Cripples, these guys are all posing to be crippled but have martial arts skills. None of the 4 Cripples is a match for Ho, he eventually one by one expose their fraudulent ways.
“Dirty Ho” has plenty of great fight scenes in it, although not your typical fight scenes. Most of the fight scenes are hidden so Ho doesn’t get a chance to find out why Mr. Wang is being sought after throughout the film.
Mr. Wang is very clever, the whole time he is leading Ho into his web so that Ho becomes his disciple. Ho is resistant the whole time until he realizes that Mr. Wang is the son of an Emperor and doesn’t care about his prestige, he only cares about wine, fine arts, and Kung Fu.
For example, Mr. Wang fight against Mr. Fan (played by Johnny Wang) a well-known wine expert, their fight scene is very creative in that they use different types of wine cups made of metal to employ in there fighting.
Next, you have the fight against Mr. Chu, Mr. Chu is an antique collector he has knives hidden in his shoes so you get to see some great leg Kung Fu.
As usual, a Shaw Brothers trademark, the training scenes are unique in that Ho has to use candles to train with. This training is to help develop his leg kung fu.
“Dirty Ho” is one of the many Shaw Brothers classics that stand up. I would strongly suggest any Kung Fu enthusiast to purchase “Dirty Ho” this Martial Arts gem.