The Champions (1983)

Release Date - Oct 13, 1983 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong  |  
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Hong Kong filmmaker Brandy Yuen wrote and directed this breezy sports comedy set in the 1960s soccer scene. Yuen Biao stars as Lee Tong, who leaves his remote farming village after accidentally injuring the chieftain's son and travels to the big city. While settling in, Lee meets Suen (Cheung Kwok-keung), an aspiring soccer player who encourages him to audition for the Luen Wah team. Unfortunately, Lee falls for a trap, as he had earlier disgraced the team's star player, King (Dick Wei), who is eager to get revenge. Lee becomes the team's ballboy and is subjected to repeated humiliation, but finally gets his chance to shine when King accepts a bribe to throw a match and has Lee take his place, assuming that the lowly ballboy will make a fool of himself. As has become standard procedure in films like this, Lee singlehandedly leads the team to victory, gets the stuffing beat out of him as punishment, and finally redeems himself one-on-one in a climactic showdown with King. Moon Lee co-stars with Eddy Ko.

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bad-guy, corruption, fight, good-guy, rival, soccer