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By Hook or by Crook (1980 film)

By Hook or by Crook
Film poster
Directed by Karl Maka
Produced by Karl Maka
Written by Raymond Wong
Starring Sammo Hung
Dean Shek
Eric Tsang
Wu Ma
Karl Maka
Alice Lau
Music by Frankie Chan
Cinematography Hoh Ming
Editing by Tony Chow
Distributed by Bo Ho Film Company Ltd
Release date(s)
Running time 87 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$3,285,724

By Hook or by Crook (Chinese: 鹹魚番生) is a 1980 Hong Kong kung fu film produced and directed by Karl Maka and starring Sammo Hung.


The film starts out with a thief stealing jewelry from a millionaire Chin Pai Wen (Tang Ching). The family believes it was done by the infamous Flower Kid, who steals from the rich and gives it to the poor. They then hire Sheriff Butcher Wing (Karl Maka) to find him. However, Chin's wife (Yau Poon Ling) suggests Skinny Gee (Dean Shek), a con man who catches crooks, instead. So Butcher Wing tries to get Skinny Gee by framing him for harassing his sister and offers him a deal if he finds the Flower Kid. Gee manages to Flower Kid. Gee then tells Wing a plan to arrest Flower Kid by setting him up. They fail and Wing arrests Gee for fooling him. Flower Kid then arrives, disguised as a woman, to rescue Gee out of jail. It was a set up by Flower Kid and Gee. Later it is revealed that he is not the real Flower Kid. He is a man named Fatso (Sammo Hung) who idolizes Flower Kid and pretends to be him.

Fatso and Gee later finds the real Flower Kid (Wu Ma), who is now old and retired. Then it was also revealed who the thief was at the beginning of the film, a lover of Lady Chin. Later, Lady Chin hires an assassin Chung Fat Pak (Chung Fat) to kill Flower Kid. The assassin also kills Lady Chin's lover.

Fatso and Gee tries to get a bodyguard for Flower Kid. The bodyguard is a knife throwing expert. He engages in a Mexican-standoff against Never Miss (Eric Tsang) a gun expert. Never Miss kills the bodyguard. Then Fatso and Gee start training Flower Kid to get his confidence and energy back. During this time, Chung kills Chin Pai Wen. Later, Fatso and Gee also hired a family to act as victim of Chung to get Flower Kid's confidence to battle Chung.

The trio then proceeds to find Chung where they engage in a big fight at Chin's funeral. First, Fatso and Gee battles Chung's two henchmen and Flower Kid fights Chung. This is the first 5 minutes of the film... Then, Fatso and Gee kill the henchmen and then Fatso fights Chung eventually killing him in the end. Then, Flower Kid leaves town. In the end, Gee is arrested again, Fatso is arrested too, but he was rewarded out to be sheriff and instead Wing takes his spot in jail.


  • Sammo Hung - Fatso
  • Dean Shek - Skinny Gee
  • Eric Tsang - Never Miss
  • Wu Ma - Flower Kid
  • Karl Maka - Sheriff Butcher Wing
  • Alice Lau - Butcher Wing's sister
  • Chung Fat - Chung Fat-Pak the Golden Killer
  • Tang Ching - millionaire Chin Pai Wen
  • Tai San - Flower Kid impersonator
  • Chow Gam Kong - Ta-Pao
  • Ho Pak Kwong - Skinny Gee's father in law
  • Lam Ching Ying - Gang leader
  • Baan Yun Sang - thug
  • Siu Tak Foo - Golden Killer's man
  • Yau Pooi-Ling - Lady Chin
  • Hon Gwok Choi - Gang leader
  • Johnny Cheung - Gangster
  • Pang Yun Cheung
  • Sai Gwa Paau
  • Shing Gwan On

See also

External links

  • IMDb entry
  • Internet Movie Database
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