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Kung Fu Night

on BBC Two England

Former Pink Panther actor Burt Kwouk hosts an evening of programmes and films with kungfu as their subject.
Kung Fu Night Producer Gerard Barry

9.15 The Kung Fu Years
After the sudden emergence of Bruce Lee in his 1973 film Enter the Dragon, the kung fu craze swept Britain. This documentary charts the profound effect the hitherto little-known martial art had on the public consciousness. It includes contributions from boxer Frank Bruno, ornithologist and former comedian Bill Oddie , and Jamaican pop singer Carl Douglas, whose 1974 hit Kung Fu Fighting was the new mania's soundtrack. Subtitled ....

9.50 The Kung Fu Movie Masterclass
Alexei Sayle presents a guide to the best villains, heroes and fights in kungfu movies.

10.00 Enter the Dragon
Martial arts adventure starring Bruce Lee
A master of martial arts is enlisted by British intelligence to help put an end to the traffic in opium and prostitutes organised from an island fortress by a criminal mastermind. Showing in widescreen format.
Director Robert Clouse (1973, 18)
Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story is tomorrow at 10.25pm
See Films:pages 56-67 ☠☠☠â˜

11.35 Kung Fu Fighting
This programme traces the history of kung fu films and meets some of their most ardent fans. Film critic Mark Kermode gives a rundown of the best and most strange kung fu movies, and Jonathan Ross talks about his passion for the genre. Producer Nick Freand Jones

12.15am The Prodigal Son
Martial arts drama starring Samo Hung, Yuen Biao
Young Leung Jan hates books and conventions but dotes on martial arts. His rich father awards handsome payments to people who lose gracefully to his son, and Leung comes to think he is the best street fighter in the southern Chinese town of Fatshan.
Director Samo Hung (1983)
* See Films: pages 56-67 ***

1.50 Shaolin Beats
Disc jockey Tim Westwood presents a compilation of rap and hip-hop videos inspired by kung fu.

2.15 Monkey
The first episode of the seventies martial arts series.
The Jade Emperor of Heaven is concerned that an irrepressible monkey has been hatched from a Stone egg. Repeat

3.00-5.50am Film premiere A Touch of Zen
Martial arts action drama, starring Hsu Feng , Shih Chun
In 14th-century China, a young artist befriends a pretty girl, not knowing that she is the daughter of a nobleman who was tortured and killed by the secret police.
The girl, pursued by her father's cruel enemies, is a mistress of the martial arts. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Showing in widescreen format.
Director King Hu (1969) ♦See Films: pages 56-67 ****


Bruce Kwouk
Bruce Lee
Frank Bruno
Bill Oddie
Carl Douglas
Alexei Sayle
Bruce Lee
Robert Clouse
Bruce Lee Story
Jonathan Ross
Nick Freand Jones
Samo Hung
Yuen Biao
Young Leung Jan
Samo Hung
Tim Westwood
Hsu Feng
Shih Chun
Bruce Lee
John Saxon
Jim Kelly
Shih Kien
Bob Wall
Ahna Capri
Angela Mao Ying
Mei Ling:
Betty Chung
Geoffrey Weeks
Wong Wah Bo:
Samo Hung
Leung Jan:
Yuen Biao
Lord Ngai:
Frankie Chan
Leung Yee Tai:
Lam Ching Ying

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