Last Hurrah for Chivalry

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Last Hurrah for Chivalry
Last hurrah for chivalry.jpg
Film poster
Traditional 豪俠
Simplified 豪侠
Mandarin Háo Xiá
Cantonese Hou4 Hap6
Directed by John Woo
Produced by Raymond Chow
John Woo
Written by John Woo
Starring Damian Lau
Wei Pai
Music by Frankie Chan
Cinematography Cheung Yiu-jo
Yu Chun
Edited by Peter Cheung
Release date
  • 22 November 1979 (1979-11-22)
Running time
107 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese

Last Hurrah for Chivalry is a 1979 Hong Kong martial arts film written, produced and directed by John Woo, and starring Damian Lau and Wei Pai. The film is a precursor to Woo's heroic bloodshed films. The film was released in the Hong Kong on 11 November 1979.


Last Hurrah for Chivalry is a story about two killers for hire. The two assassins are master swordsmen with no allegiance. They decide to help out a local merchant, seeking revenge against a kungfu master. The plot contains multiple twists of deception, leaving characters wondering who to really trust. The story ultimately ends with a revelation as to who truly has honor. Most of the swordplay is very fast-paced.


  • Damian Lau as Tsing Yi
  • Wai Pak as Chang San / Cheung Sam
  • Lau Kong as Kao Pang / Ko Peng
  • Lee Hoi-sang as Pak Chung Tong
  • Hsu Hsia as wedding guest
  • Fung Hak-on as Pray / Let It Be
  • Chin Yuet-sang as Sleeping Wizard
  • Ngai Chau-wa as courtesan who loves Tsing Yi
  • Cheng Lui as Chen Guan Wu
  • Huang Ha as Pak Chung Tong's man
  • Wang Kuang-yu as Wang
  • Cheung Ging-boh as man who refuses to pay 100 taels
  • Wong Chi-ming as party guest / constable
  • Alan Chui Chung-San as oriental fighter / bodyguard
  • Mars as Pak Chung Tong's man
  • Baan Yun-sang as Pak Chung Tong's man
  • Tai San as Pak Chung Tong's man
  • Chan Dik-hak as constable
  • Chui Fat as party guest
  • Yik Ga as Chang's sister
  • Chik Ngai-hung as constable/ San's drinking buddy
  • Homer Cheung as Kao Pang's man
  • Wong Chi-keung as wedding guest
  • Lai Kim-hung as party guest / bodyguard
  • Benny Lai as San's drinking buddy
  • Lau Kwok-shing as Chuan
  • Chow Kong as casino thug
  • Man Sau as Chang's sick mother
  • Fung Chi-fung
  • Fung Yun-chuen
  • Tam Bo as Pak Chung Tong's man
  • Law Keung as Pak Chung Tong's man
  • Lee Wan-lung
  • Kong Chuen as constable
  • Wong Ka-tung
  • Ho Kei-cheong as Pak Chung Tong's man
  • Cheung Chi-ping as Kao Pang's man
  • Yuen Shing-chau
  • Chui Kin-wa as casino dealer
  • Lee Fat-yuen as Wu's disciple
  • To Wai-wo as casino thug
  • Lee Hang as casino thug
  • Ho Hon-chau
  • Chan Siu-gai
  • Woh Seung as wedding guest


The film is a tribute to director John Woo's mentor, Chang Cheh. The stylish appeal also came from Akira Kurosawa influences. The main character Tsing Yi is an inspiration taken from the real-life assassin Jing Ke, who is historically remembered for his failed assassination attempt of Qin Shi Huang. The year the film was released is also the same year John Woo met Tsui Hark.[1]

Box office[edit]

Last Hurrah for Chivalry had mediocre box office numbers.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Woo, John. Elder, Robert K. John Woo: Interview. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 1-57806-776-6.

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