The Kung Fu Scholar

The Kung Fu Scholar is a 1993 Hong Kong martial arts comedy film directed by Norman Law and starring Aaron Kwok, Vivian Chow and Dicky Cheung.

The Kung Fu Scholar
Taiwanese film poster with alternate Chinese title
MandarinLún Wénxù Lǎodiǎn Liǔ Xiānkāi
CantoneseLeon4 Man4 Zeoi6 Lou5 Dim2 Lau2 Sin1 Hoi1
Directed byNorman Law
Produced byRover Tang
Alan Tang
Written byYip Kai
Lai Man Cheuk
StarringAaron Kwok
Vivian Chow
Dicky Cheung
Ng Man-tat
Bryan Leung
Gordon Liu
Music byHenry Lai Wan-man
Tang Siu-lam
CinematographyJoe Chan
Lau Hung-chuen
Edited byPoon Hung
Distributed byIn-Gear Films
Release date
  • 13 January 1994 (1994-01-13)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryHong Kong
Box officeHK$8,384,786


Lun Man-chui (Dicky Cheung) and Lau Sin-hoi (Aaron Kwok) are students at Ming College who always disputed with each other. Lun is a poor but smart scholar who liked to do petty tricks on others. Lau is a straightforward and smart man who is martial artist since he was a kid. They both fall for their beautiful classmate Ching-ching (Vivian Chow), who is Headmaster Heung's (Ng Man-tat) niece. Later, a competition arises between Ming College and its rival, Oriental College. To win in the competition, Headmaster Heung hires martial arts expert Lee Tai-chun (Bryan Leung) to teach the students. Lee is being pursued by Imperial Secret Agents and took the job to cover up his real identity. On the day of the competition, Lee was found by the Imperial Secret Agents, however, with the help of Lun and Lau, Lee manages to escape and they make their way back to the competition and triumphed. From then on, Lun and Lau become best friends.


  • Dicky Cheung as Lun Man-chui
  • Aaron Kwok as Lau Sin-hoi
  • Vivian Chow as Ching-ching
  • Ng Man-tat as Headmaster Heung
  • Bryan Leung as Lee Tai-chun / Lee Man-lung
  • Gordon Liu as His Excellency
  • Kent Cheng as Fat Cat
  • Kingdom Yuen as Lun Man-chui's mother
  • Johnny Tang as Tang Lin-yu
  • Anderson Junior as Oriental College's spectacled bully
  • Michael Chow as Oriental College's bully
  • Wong San as Mr. Chin
  • Sam Wong as Eunuch Ngai
  • Hoi Sang Lee as Copper Head
  • Chan Tik-hak as Casino manager
  • Teresa Ha as Granny beggar
  • Wong Yat-fei as Oriental College's servant
  • Wong Wai-wu as Waiter Shui
  • Bobby Yip as Lau Sin-hoi's servant beating Fat Cat
  • Joey Leung as Lau Sin-hoi's friend
  • Gabriel Wong as Oriental College's quiz contestant
  • Lo Hung as College quiz moderator
  • Peter Lai as Lu Restaurant's boss
  • Pak Yan as Tang Lin-yu's mother
  • Baby Bo as Ching-ching's cousin
  • Ho Pak-kwong as Cantonese Association representative
  • Ling Hon as Oriental College headmaster
  • Wong Hung as tea house waiter
  • Cheng Ka-sang as lecherous customer
  • Tony Tam as one of Eunuch's men
  • Wong Ka-leung as one of Eunuch's men

Box office

The film grossed HK$8,384,786 at the Hong Kong box office during its theatrical run from 13 to 16 January in Hong Kong.

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