Heroes Among Heroes

Heroes Among Heroes (Chinese: 蘇乞兒) is a 1993 Hong Kong martial arts film produced and directed by Yuen Woo-ping and starring Donnie Yen as the titular protagonist, So Chan, whom was one of the Ten Tigers of Canton. The film shows opium smugglers in the Qing Dynasty, China, with Officer Lin Zexu and Chinese martial arts master and folk hero of Cantonese ethnicity, Wong Fei-hung fighting against them. It was released in the US as Fist of the Red Dragon.

Heroes Among Heroes
Heroes Among Heroes FilmPoster.jpeg
A DVD cover with the film's US title: Fist of the Red Dragon
Directed byYuen Woo-ping
Chan Chin-chung
Produced byYuen Woo-ping
Chan Chin-chung
Lam Shue-kin
Screenplay byLau Tai-muk
Jobic Chui
Chan Chin-chung
Anthony Wong
StarringDonnie Yen
Wong Yuk
Ng Man-tat
Fennie Yuen
Music byWilliam Wu
CinematographyStephen Poon
Ma Koon-wa
Edited byKwok Ting-hung
Production
company
Art Sea Films
Distributed byRegal Films Distribution
Release date
11 November 1993 (1993-11-11)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryHong Kong
LanguageCantonese
Box officeHK$7,020,771
Heroes Among Heroes
Traditional Chinese蘇乞兒
Simplified Chinese苏乞儿
Literal meaning"Beggar So"

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Close to the end of the Qing Dynasty, opium is being smuggled to China. Officer Lin Zexu (Pau Fong) and Master Wong Fei-hung (Wong Yuk) join forces against opium smugglers.

Meanwhile, So Chan, also known as Beggar So (Donnie Yen), a man from a rich family, is famous for stealing food for his poor foster father (Kwan Hoi-san) and friends. He lives with his father (Ng Man-tat) and aunt, Jean (Sheila Chan). So befriends a British teacher named Yi-teh (Fennie Yuen), a niece of Prince Barac of Twelve (Hung Yan-yan).

So fights and defeats the Fire Lotus Gang, causing an explosion in which many citizens are hurt and Master Wong demands an apology. Later, Prince Barac of Twelve offers So opium; So becomes addicted to it. He goes to his foster father and learns drunken boxing; his foster father is then killed by the Fire Lotus Gang, for whom Prince Barac of Twelve has betrayed So.

So eventually returns home, joins forces with Wong Fei-hung, and seeks revenge. In the end, So and Wong win against Prince Barac of Twelve and Yi-teh becomes So's girlfriend. Lin Zexu and Wong Fei-hung watch as the opium is burned.

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