Half a Loaf of Kung Fu

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Half a Loaf of Kung Fu
Original Hong Kong poster
Traditional 一招半式闖江湖
Simplified 一招半式闯江湖
Mandarin Yī Zhāo Bàn Shì Chuǎng Jiāng Hú
Cantonese Jat1 Ziu1 Bun3 Sik1 Cong2 Gong1 Wu4
Directed by Chen Chi-hwa
Produced by Lo Wei
Hsu Li-hwa
Written by Jacky Chan
Tang Ming-chi
Starring Jacky Chan
Dean Shek
James Tien
Doris Lung
Wu Ma
Music by Frankie Chan
Tomita Isao
Cinematography Chen Chin-kui
Edited by Leong Wing-chan
Distributed by Lo Wei Motion Picture Company
Release dates
  • 1 July 1978 (1978-07-01)
Running time
98 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Mandarin
Box office HK$1,526,871.50[citation needed]

Half a Loaf of Kung Fu (Chinese: 一招半式闖江湖) is a 1978 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Chen Chi-hwa and written by Jackie Chan (credited as Jacky Chan), who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Dean Shek and James Tien. The film was released in Hong Kong on 1 July 1978. Chan plays a bumbling kung fu student who becomes involved in a series of adventures.


Chan plays a bumbling long haired acrobat named Jiang who really wants to practice kung fu. He finds an advertisement for work at the Mansion as a body guard. Jiang doesn't get the body guard position, but cons his way into a job using his kung fu skills, and gets himself into the middle of some shady business. He is told not to go near the "guest room" where the special guest is staying. A fellow employee tells Jiang that there is an evil witch who lives in the guest room and is not to be disturbed. Jiang of course is caught spying on her and is run off the land. He then encounters two kung fu masters fighting in the woods. He watches one kill the other, and when he leaves Jiang takes the body into town to collect the reward. Using the money from the reward, Jiang tries to fulfill his kung fu dreams and find a master. He is suddenly attacked by the crazy witch and is about to lose until a mystery master shows up and beats her. The master turns out to be a bum, and teaches Jiang kung fu. He then goes on a journey with a princess to find a special jade plant.


See also[edit]


  • Chan, Jackie with Jeff Lang. I am Jackie Chan: my life in action. New York: Ballantine, p. 222 and pp. 228–235.
  • Thomas, Brian. Videohound's Dragon: Asian Action and Cult Films. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, p. 294.

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