Hapkido (film)

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Directed by Huang Feng
Distributed by Golden Harvest
Release date
  • 1972 (1972)
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese

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. Angela, Carter and Sammo 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 Angela tries her best to ignore him. Sammo 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 Pai Ying. Angela, Carter and Sammo don’t want any trouble as it goes against the wishes of their master and his teachings. It’s Sammo who finally loses it after being insulted by some Japanese. This doesn’t go down well and Sammo becomes a wanted man, having to hide out while Angela and Carter try to reason with The Black Bear Gang without much luck. Finally the Japanese go too far and Angela, Carter and Sammo are forced to fight back with devastating results for the Japanese.[3]



DVD special features[edit]

  • UK Promotional Trailer
  • An Interview with UK Hapkido Instructor Tammy Parlour
  • Combat Analysis


  1. ^ David A. Cook. "Lost Illusions: American Cinema in the Shadow of Watergate and Vietnam, 1970 ..." Books.google.co.uk. p. 267. Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  2. ^ "Lady Whirlwind / Hapkido : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". Dvdtalk.com. Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  3. ^ Bill Palmer; Karen Palmer; Ric Meyers. "The Encyclopedia of Martial Arts Movies". Books.google.co.uk. p. 147. Retrieved 2016-02-27. 

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