BUDDHA’S PALM

Taylor Wong, Hong Kong, 1982, Celestial, Martial Arts

“A fun-filled ‘80s reboot of the classic ‘60s Shaw Brothers series, featuring super-extending legs delivering kicks from a distance, dwarfs that squirt ALIEN-like acid puss from their spots, and pet dragons. There’s direct reference to Hollywood fantasy output of the time, particularly STAR WARS and SUPERMAN.

Ku Han-hun (Alex Man Chi-leung) -- upon finding his master near death after locking himself away in the hall of a Thousand Buddhas, learning its secrets – carries out his revenge against the entire kung fu community. He does a pretty good job using his master’s Buddha’s Palm technique -- a style that amounts to a holding a martial art stance while animated palms and swastikas (in their original Buddhist context) emanate from his hands. In fact only four clan heads can withstand this self-christened ‘Evil Fire God’s’ power. After a terrible battle at Tianshan these four hold fast against Han-hun, and leave him for dead. And that’s just the opening credits…” (Andrew Heskins, Eastern Kicks)

@2000 CELESTIAL PICTURES LTD. ALL RIGHT RESERVED

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Details

  • 93 min.
  • Color
  • 2.35:1

Formats

  • DCP
  • 35mm

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