Half a Loaf of Kung Fu

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Half a Loaf of Kung Fu
Original Hong Kong poster
MandarinYī Zhāo Bàn Shì Chuǎng Jiāng Hú
CantoneseJat1 Ziu1 Bun3 Sik1 Cong2 Gong1 Wu4
Directed byChen Chi-hwa
Produced byLo Wei
Hsu Li-hwa
Written byJackie Chan
Tang Ming-chi
StarringJackie Chan
Dean Shek
James Tien
Doris Lung
Wu Ma
Music byFrankie Chan
Tomita Isao
CinematographyChen Chin-kui
Edited byLeong Wing-chan
Distributed byLo Wei Motion Picture Company
Release date
  • 1 July 1978 (1978-07-01)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryHong Kong
Box officeUS$17.18 million

Half a Loaf of Kung Fu (Chinese: 一招半式闖江湖) is a 1978 Hong Kong action comedy martial arts film directed by Chen Chi-hwa and written by Jackie 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.


  • Jackie Chan as Jiang
  • Dean Shek as Man with crane
  • James Tien as Mater Mao
  • Doris Lung as Fung's daughter
  • Wu Ma as Urinating man
  • Kam Kong as Ying Fu
  • Kim Jeong-nan as Miss Lu
  • Ma Ju-lung
  • Miao Tian as Mr. Wan
  • Lo Chao-hsiung
  • Julir Lee as Snake woman
  • Lee Man-tai as Old beggar
  • Ko Keung as Man waering gold cap
  • Kam Sai-yuk as Man wearing leopard skin
  • Chiang Chi-ping
  • Chui Yuen
  • Miu Tak-san
  • Ho Kong
  • Yu Bong
  • Li Min-lang as Man fighting with Whip Hero
  • Wong Yiu
  • Lam Kwong-wing
  • Woo Hon-cheung
  • Yeung Lit
  • Che Tei
  • Chan Kam-chu
  • Man Lee-pang
  • Lam Man-cheung
  • Peng Kong

Box office[edit]

In Hong Kong, the film grossed HK$1,526,871.50[1] (US$326,255).[2] In Japan, it was the 16th highest-grossing film of 1983, grossing ¥1.89 billion (US$16.85 million) at the box office.[3] Combined, the film grossed US$17.18 million in East Asia.

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.
  1. ^ Half a Loaf of Kung Fu at the Hong Kong Movie DataBase
  2. ^ "Official exchange rate (LCU per US$, period average)". World Bank. 1978. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  3. ^ "【ジャッキーチェン興行成績】 第12回:日本での興行収入". KungFu Tube (in Japanese). 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2018.

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