MAD MONKEY KUNG FU

Lau Kar-leung, Hong Kong, 1979, Celestial

“This movie stuffs in as much Monkey Fist-style martial arts as the audience can handle. Interestingly enough, it was released the same year as Golden Harvest’s Yuen Biao vehicle KNOCKABOUT, which also prominently featured the Monkey form of kung fu.

Hsiao Ho was only 21 years-old when he took the starring role here, and would later go on to become a Shaw Brothers contract player and star in numerous films such as LEGENDARY WEAPONS OF CHINA. Beyond his skills as a fighter, Hsiao’s sheer athleticism is jaw-dropping: the guy does more somersaults in this flick than I’ve seen anyone do in my life.

Lau Kar-leung is arguably more well known as a director than an actor, but here he stars in front of the camera too. It’s one of the rare films where you see the master fight alongside the student. And since Kar-leung was still fairly young when he made this movie, he and Hsiao seem more like partners than teacher and student at the end. They make for one dynamic fighting duo.” (“HK Fanatic”, City On Fire)

@2000 CELESTIAL PICTURES LTD. ALL RIGHT RESERVED

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Details

  • 109 min.
  • Color
  • 2.35:1

Formats

  • DCP

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