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Magnificent Butcher (Chinese title: 林世榮; Lin shi rong) is a 1979 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film directed by Yuen Woo-ping, starring Sammo Hung, Kwan Tak-hing, Lee Hoi San, Yuen Biao, Wei Pai, Chiang Kam, Fan Mei Sheng, Fung Ging Man, Fung Hak-on and Max Lee.
The film is based on the story of Lam Sai-wing, one of the students of the legendary Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-hung. Sammo Hung plays "Butcher" Lam Sai-wing and Kwan Tak-hing plays Wong Fei-hung, a role he had played before in over 70 films. The film also features Hung's opera "brother" Yuen Biao as another of Wong Fei-hung's students, Leung Foon, a role he would reprise years later in the film Once Upon a Time in China along with Jet Li.
Magnificent Butcher was produced as Hung's attempt to duplicate the success of Jackie Chan's 1978 martial arts action comedy film Drunken Master, in which Chan plays Freddy Wong. Drunken Master heavily features the Beggar So character, who is also in Magnificent Butcher.
Yuen Siu Tien was his first choice for the role of Beggar So in this film. Later on, Yuen died of a heart attack before Magnificent Butcher's production began and was replaced by Fan Mei Sheng, which may have adversely affected the film's profit.
Lam Sai-wing (Sammo Hung), also known as Butcher Wing, is a student of Wong Fei-hung (Kwan Tak-hing). Butcher Wing's long-lost brother Lam Sai-kwong (Chiang Kam) comes to town with his beautiful bride Yuet Mei (Tang Jing). Ko Tai-hoi (Fung Hak-on), the son of Master Ko (Lee Hoi San), sees Yuet Mei and, lusting for her, abducts her. The abduction is witnessed by Master Ko's goddaughter Lan Hsing (JoJo Chan Kei-kei).
Wong Fei-hung goes out of town, and leaves Butcher Wing and the other disciples, including Leung Foon Yuen Biao and Chik (Wei Pai), to fend for themselves.
Sai-kwong assaults Tai-hoi, threatening to murder him if he doesn't free Yuet Mei. Butcher Wing arrives and witnesses Sai-kwong beating Tai-hoi. Not recognizing Sai-kwong, Butcher Wing stops him and drives him off. A despondent Sai-kwong decides to commit suicide but is saved by the wily drunkard Beggar So (Fan Mei Sheng), an old friend of Wong Fei-hung with equally good kung fu skills. Sai-kwong explains his situation to Beggar So. Beggar So confronts Tai-hoi, who claims that Butcher Wing took Yuet Mei. Beggar So confronts Butcher Wing, accusing him of abducting his brother's wife. Butcher Wing asks to meet this supposed brother of his. Beggar So introduces Butcher Wing to Sai-kwong, and they realize who each other are. Butcher Wing, Sai-kwong, and Beggar So realize that Tai-hoi still has Yuet Mei.
Lan Hsing attempts to rescue Yuet Mei but is caught by Tai-hoi, who holds Lan Hsing captive as well.
Sammo Hung – Butcher Lam Sai-wing
Kwan Tak-hing – Wong Fei-hung
Lee Hoi San – Master Ko
Yuen Biao – Leung Foon
Wei Pai – Chik
Billy Chan – Tai-hoi's friend #1
Max Lee – Tai-hoi’s friend #2
JoJo Chan Kei-kei – Lan Hsing
Chiang Kam - Lam Sai-kwong
Chung Fat – Wildcat
Fan Mei Sheng – Beggar So
Fung Hak-on – Ko Tai-hoi
Fung Ging Man – Chess player
Ho Pak-kwong – Blind man
Lam Ching-ying – Killer with Fan
Yuen Miu – Pole Man
Lee Fung – Restaurant worker
Sai Gwa-pau – Ah So
Tang Jing – Yuet Mi
Tsang Choh-lam – Night watchman