My Young Auntie (1981, Hong Kong). Director: Lau Kar-Leung.
There’s a reason that Lau Kar-Leung was probably the most esteemed kung fu movie director and choreographer in Hong Kong cinema (but not the highest-earning; that honor would go to Jackie Chan). Lau was extremely demanding of his actors/performers, and his movies were famous for having the most complex and difficult choreography in the genre. In the large-scale fight scenes, every person in the shot who is moving, even in the background, is meticulously choreographed. A stuntman and choreographer in movies since at least the early 1960s, Lau Kar-Leung was also the man who revolutionized the “kung fu styles” choreography that influenced the post-Bruce Lee kung fu movie era. Lau’s movies were definitely aimed at a “kung fu” audience, so if you don’t like watching kung fu movies, you might give them a miss. If you like watching different “shapes” (kung fu styles), you will probably be in kung fu heaven. :). As usual when Lau appeared in his own films, he (along with arch-villain Wang Lung-Wei) end up stealing the show at the very end.
My Young Auntie had some of Lau’s most inspired choreography. It’s also one of Lau’s films where nobody is killed. The final battle is multi-tiered and was divided into two parts in four clips; a pre-final fight and the true final fight. In these clips, the brief connecting scene between the pre-final fight (1st and 2nd clips) and the true final battle (3rd and 4th clips) is not included. Featuring: Kara Hui, Hsiao Hou, Yuen Tak, Wilson Tong, Kwan Yung-Moon, Ching Chu, Lau Kar-Leung, Wang Lung-Wei, Lin Hui-Huang, etc.