Hapkido (film)

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Directed byHuang Feng
Distributed byGolden Harvest
Release date
  • 1972 (1972)
CountryHong Kong

Hapkido aka Lady Kung Fu (Chinese: 合氣道) is a 1972 Hong Kong film directed by Huang Feng, starring Angela Mao, Carter Wong and Sammo Hung.[1] It was released by Golden Harvest. It was digitally re-mastered and restored by Hong Kong Legends in 2006.[2]


It is 1934, in Japanese occupied Korea. Yu Ying, Kao Chang and Fan Wei are sitting and talking in a park when they are approached by a group of Japanese toughs. The leader of the Japanese begins to make unwelcome advances, and Yu Ying tries her best to ignore him. Fan Wei loses his temper and a melee ensues. These three have just graduated, learning the art of Hapkido and they return to China in the hopes of setting up their own school, which they do. The Japanese, who consider it an inferior martial art, try to run them out of town with some traitorous Chinese, including Chou Ba-tien. Yu Ying, Kao Chang and Fan Wei don’t want any trouble as it goes against the wishes of their master and his teachings. It is Fan Wei who finally loses it after being insulted by some Japanese. This doesn’t go down well and Fan Wei becomes a wanted man, having to hide out while Yu Ying and Kao Chang try to reason with The Black Bear Gang without much luck. Finally the Japanese go too far, killing both Kao Chang and Fan Wei, which forces Yu Ying to fight back along with her Hapkido Elder Brother, killing the leaders of the Black Bear Gang.[3]




  1. ^ David A. Cook. "Lost Illusions: American Cinema in the Shadow of Watergate and Vietnam, 1970 ..." Books.google.co.uk. p. 267. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Lady Whirlwind / Hapkido : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". Dvdtalk.com. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  3. ^ Bill Palmer; Karen Palmer; Ric Meyers. "The Encyclopedia of Martial Arts Movies". Books.google.co.uk. p. 147. Retrieved 27 February 2016.

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