Wong Fei Hung Series

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Wong Fei Hung Series
Genre Historical drama, martial arts
Written by Tsui Hark
Daniel Lee
Lam Kei-to
Chung Ngoi-fong
Cheng Pik-yin
Tang Pik-yin
Directed by Tsui Hark
Daniel Lee
Si Mei-yi
Mak Dong-kit
Starring Vincent Zhao
Maggie Shiu
Max Mok
Lau Shun
Kent Cheng
Hung Yan-yan
Power Chan
Cheung Chun-hung
Opening theme Nan'er Dang Ziqiang (男兒當自強)
Country of origin Hong Kong
Original language(s) Cantonese
Mandarin
No. of episodes 22
Production
Producer(s) Tsui Hark
Location(s) Hong Kong
Cinematography Ko Chiu-lam
Ng Wai-kin
Yeung Gwo-leung
Chow Kwan-sing
Production company(s) Film Workshop
Broadcast
Original channel ATV
First shown in 1996
Wong Fei Hung Series
Simplified Chinese 黄飞鸿新传
Traditional Chinese 黃飛鴻新傳
Literal meaning New Legend of Wong Fei Hung

The Wong Fei Hung Series is a 1996 Hong Kong television series of five stories about the Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-hung. The series was produced by Tsui Hark and starred Vincent Zhao, Maggie Shiu, Max Mok, Lau Shun, Kent Cheng, Hung Yan-yan, Power Chan and Cheung Chun-hung in the leading roles.

Plot[edit]

Wong Fei Hung Series: The Eight Assassins (黃飛鴻之八大天王)[edit]

The story is set in the late Qing Dynasty, when China is under the oppression of foreign powers. Empress Dowager Cixi sends Prince Cheng to Foshan to recruit Wong Fei-hung to serve the government but Wong declines. In anger, Prince Cheng secretly gathers a group of eight notorious assassins - the "Eight Great Heavenly Kings", led by Monk Geng-fa - to deal with Wong. While Wong is seeing his lover "13th Aunt" off at the dock, the eight assassins attack his clinic Po-chi-lam and injure his students and rob his ancestral tablets. They use the tablets to force Wong to fight them in a leitai match.

Wong wins three rounds in the match but collapses after the third round as he has been poisoned in a scheme orchestrated by Monk Geng-fa and Po-chi-lam's cook Aunt Ying. Wong's students take his place in the next rounds and marginally win the match. Wong is on the verge of death from poisoning, but to his surprise, Monk Geng-fa sends him an antidote.

Just before the final fight takes place, Wong rings the temple's bells and reminds Monk Geng-fa of his past. Actually, Monk Geng-fa used to be a Shaolin student, but was expelled from the school. The monk repents from his misdeeds and gives up fighting. Prince Cheng also feels ashamed of himself and lets Wong off. Wong returns the ancestral tablets to Po-chi-lam and 13th Aunt returns from Europe and reunites with Wong.

Wong Fei Hung Series: The Suspicious Temple (黃飛鴻之少林故事)[edit]

Shaolin's abbot Hung-chi has contracted a serious illness and Wong Fei-hung is invited to help cure the abbot. Wong brings his students Porky Wing and Clubfoot with him to Shaolin and discovers that Hung-chi has been poisoned. Just as he is about to heal the abbot, a masked assailant attempts to assassinate the abbot but fails and escapes. Wong pursues the assassin to the Shaolin library, where the latter mysteriously disappears.

After an investigation, Wong learns that the Shaolin students based in the library, led by Mo-gan, have studied abroad in Europe before, and they are very dissatisfied with the temple's rules, so they attempted to assassinate the abbot and reform Shaolin. Wong succeeds in persuading Mo-gan and his followers to give up on their murderous plan, and instead convey their ideas to the abbot directly. However, Shaolin's discipline master Ho-gam refuses to let them see the abbot and has them arrested and sent to do hard labour. Clubfoot is captured during the chaos and brought to the labour camp.

Clubfoot escapes and rescues the old monk Hung-wun with Mo-gan and Kwai-so's help. Wong Fei-hung discovers that Hung-wun's limbs were injured by someone who used the "Great Strength Vajra Finger", and decides to do a blood transfusion between Hung-chi and Hung-wun. The operation is successful and both monks recover. Hung-wun is still crippled but can now use his "Iron Head Skill".

Wong bids Hung-chi farewell and returns to Po-chi-lam but Hung-chi insists that he remains for a contest that spans over three days. Wong encounters danger during the third round but manages to escape with Mo-gan, Hung-wun and his students. They are blocked by Shaolin's Eighteen Arhats and Four Prajnas but Wong's father Wong Kei-ying appears and saves them. They discover that Hung-chi is actually the mastermind behind a plot to seize the position of abbot. He injured Hung-wun with the Great Strength Vajra Finger and had the latter imprisoned in a labour camp. Hung-chi flees after he is exposed.

Shaolin, now without an abbot, is about to turn chaotic. Eventually, Ho-gam suggests that Wong Fei-hung be the new leader but Wong Kei-ying becomes the abbot eventually. Wong Kei-ying accepts suggestions from Mo-gan and his followers and reforms Shaolin. He also invites 13th Aunt to help him. Wong Fei-hung sees that now things are back in order, so he bids his father farewell and returns to Foshan. On the way back he encounters Hung-chi and fights with the latter. Hung-chi dies and Wong and his companions return to Po-chi-lam safely.

Wong Fei Hung Series: The Headless General (黃飛鴻之無頭將軍)[edit]

A legend in Guangzhou tells of a haunted "Plum Orchid" in the western part of the city. General Cheung visits Guangzhou and insists on going to the haunted orchid. Guangzhou's Governor Hong is afraid that something might happen to the general, so he enlists the help of Wong Fei-hung's students to protect the general.

One night, the general is assassinated and loses his head, becoming a "Headless General". The general's subordinate, Deputy Lau, orders everyone in Po-chi-lam to be detained and threatens Governor Hong to find the general's missing head in seven days, or he will summon General Cheung's sworn brother, General Hon, to enter Guangzhou and hunt down the murderer. A Taoist called Yee-long, who has past feuds with Po-chi-lam, uses the opportunity to fabricate stories and claims that Po-chi-lam is responsible for the hauntings. This causes much fear and panic in the city.

To uncover the truth, Wong Fei-hung ventures into the Plum Orchid and finds some clues. With assistance from a mysterious maiden called Nip Siu-sin, Wong manages to trick Deputy Lau into admitting that he is the murderer, and the mastermind is actually General Cheung's ambitious sworn brother General Hon. Now that the truth is revealed, the furious General Hon attacks the city but his plan is foiled and Wong Fei-hung saves the day.

Wong Fei Hung Series: The Final Victory (黃飛鴻之辛亥革命)[edit]

The story is set in the late Qing Dynasty, after the Huanghuagang Uprising. Wong Fei-hung travels to Guangzhou with his romantic interest 13th Aunt, and students Leung Foon, Clubfoot, Bucktooth So and Kai. He sets up a branch for his Po-chi-lam clinic in an inn. He is drawn into the conflict between the Qing government and the revolutionaries of the Tongmenghui. Beggar So, a junior of Wong's father Wong Kei-ying, is wanted by the authorities for siding with the rebels.

While dealing with suspicion and pressure from the local governor, Wong secretly helps the Tongmenghui in their plans and pretends that he is not involved. The rebels face the threats of traitors and spies among them, as many of their comrades have been tricked by undercover agents working for the government, and lured into traps, where they are either killed or captured. Wong is initially reluctant to join the Tongmenghui, but has no choice because his close companions and associates are already part of the revolution.

At one point, Wong feigns death to put the governor off guard, and then disguises himself and infiltrates the undercover agents' base. With his help, the rebels manage to attack and destroy the base after a fierce battle. The governor sends his men to burn down Po-chi-lam and kill everyone inside but fails. Wong goes to the coast to distract soldiers stationed there to buy time for Beggar So and the Tongmenghui members to escape by sea. He succeeds, but is arrested and sentenced to death by the governor. Wong's students storm the execution ground to rescue their master and flee until they arrive at a dead end. They are surrounded by the governor and his soldiers, and are about to be shot when a messenger shows up and informs the governor that the Wuchang Uprising has taken place. Wong and his companions hug each other in joy.

Wong Fei Hung Series: The Ideal Century (黃飛鴻之理想年代)[edit]

The Qing Dynasty has been overthrown by the Xinhai Revolution. Wong Fei-hung and his students return from their trip to Japan. Along the way, Wong meets a reporter called Ng Mung-ching, who was a fellow student of 13th Aunt, and starts a romance with her.

Ng Mung-ching introduces Wong to help Chai Kei, a close associate of Yuan Shikai, in printing banknotes. Wong also breaks up a banknote agency controlled by Westerners with Ng Mung-ching's help. Po-chi-lam is recognised by the government as a legitimate banknote printing and distribution organisation.

13th Aunt is jealous of the relationship between Wong and Ng Mung-ching, but at the same time Chai Kei displays affections for her too. 13th Aunt unexpectedly discovers that Ng Mung-ching is a descendant of the Qing imperial family, and she wants to use Yuan Shikai to help her restore the monarchy. Concurrently, Wong Fei-hung learns that Ng Mung-ching is using the banknotes from Po-chi-lam to purchase firearms instead of food and medical supplies.

Wong and his companions confront Chai Kei and Ng Mung-ching to put an end to their plans.

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