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Kung Fu Kid (1994) Directed by: Lee Chiu

If I'm hearing the English dub right, Chin Kar-Lok plays Fong Sai Yuk who gets caught in a rebellion (headed by Lam Ching Ying's character). Fong Sai Yuk or not, it doesn't much matter as this production falls short of humble goals of being poor even! While the martial arts is often grounded, there's no energy, excitement or flow to support that worthwhile stance on choreography and even when outrageous concept like surfing on spirit tablets occurs during the finale, it's still lacking. Poorly added foley effects NOT done by ones with a hard on for a Dolby Digital 5.1 remix and unfunny interludes between Fong and his mom (acclaimed actress Siqin Gaowa) makes one want to reach for the Jet Li/Josephine Siao chemistry as found in the Fong Sai Yuk movies instead. Kwan Hoi-San and Wu Ma also appear.

Released on dvd by Tai Seng under the title Shaolin Avengers, Chin Kar-Lok and Lam Ching Ying are credited on this print as Jean Carlo and Mark Lim respectively.

Kung Fu Master Named Drunk Cat (1978, Cheung Sum)

While nowhere near the worst the kung fu comedy-genre has to offer, there's no doubt that the attempts at merging the two fails here. John Cheung is our down on his luck hero (emphasized with him unknowingly walking onto a film set and later getting urinated on accidentally), diamond smugglers hide their stash in a jar of candy he thinks is his and then the chase is on. This is of course harmless entertainment that's not aiming to go the violent or meaningful route. Which is fine but most scenes and concepts play out like one of many genre-imitators. Here it's not broad and grating though. It's just flat. John Cheung is also not a charming or funny hero and while he executes complex choreography, not even the selling point sets off any sparks (it's a bit too slow for that). Sharon Yeung stands out as the best piece of energy the movie has to offer however. As does does the comically large cyst our villain has on his neck. Also with Simon Yuen and Candice Yu.

The Kung Fu Scholar (1994) Directed by: Norman Law

Dicky Cheung and Aaron Kwok are scholars both attending the same college. Then farce happens. Then Leung Kar-Yan enters as a newly appointed teacher. Then people start to fly. When all's said and done, no laughter or marvel at the feats have been uttered from an audience. The local perhaps but The Kung Fu Scholar is not THE vehicle to rival period kung fu comedies in the higher divisions. When you try to be mou lei tau without Stephen Chow and instead place Dicky Cheung in his place, you know it's a recipe for disaster in the making. Playing the wisecracking scholar with a skill for talking his way out of most situations, nothing on display rings of any sincerity or comedic skill. Adding straight man Aaron Kwok and Ng Man-Tat doesn't elevate in the slightest. The latter goes on to prove how tough going of a comedic presence he is without Chow. A quiz and athletic competition between the colleges, lots of comedy with added sound effects and a decent Leung Kar-Yan/Gordon Lau fight later, it's merely later and absolutely nothing gained or saved. Also with Kingdom Yuen, Vivian Chow and Kent Cheng (in a role referencing his Fat Cat character from Why Me? and The Beloved Son Of God).

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Kung Fu Vampire (1993) Directed by: Yuen Cheung-Yan

As the narrated opening tell us, there are various ways to transport dead bodies and vampires across the land and various stories that accompany these rituals. Yuen Cheung-Yan ends up directing the most unbearably crap one out of those. Draining all sense of fun that the vampire movie used to have, the Mainland visuals are at times attractive (in an automatic way obviously) and certain scenes quite gleefully gruesome (including rodents being set on fire and potions being mixed up consisting of snakes blood and maggots). "Fun" ends there and the proceedings where our grating male lead and uncharismatic leading lady gets in various troubles with the locals (and some ghastly, lame romance finds its way into the torture as well) registers irritating because it doesn't go anywhere. No Yuen clan distinction or madness. You're no fun anymore, Yuen Cheung-Yan! Ji Chun-Hua (Red Sorghum, Fong Sai Yuk II) appear as the lead villain Zombie King.

Kung Fu Vs. Acrobatic (1990) Directed by: Taylor Wong

Taylor Wong revisits the magic buddha's palm (previously seen in his 1982 Shaw Brother's movie Buddha's Palm), transferring the spectacle to modern day Hong Kong. Kung Fu Vs. Acrobatic opens with some wonderful clips from the old Tso Tat Wah Buddha's Palm-movies and it's a nice reminder of how Hong Kong really hadn't progressed in terms of its special effects usage (in this case, when employing animation) by the time 1990 came along. Taylor doesn't really make more of a mark from this point in the film and instead Wong Jing's script takes over.

Andy Lau and Nat Chan therefore gets to be thoroughly silly and stupid, with stupid also being the grade of the comedy. Wong Jing's insistence on trying to be clever by taking past dynasty characters into the modern era while poking fun at the popular culture of its day is far from it and falls flat completely. Some low-brows jokes gets to your funny bone but it's really shameful that that even happens. Within these loony Wong Jing shenanigans, co-star/action director Yuen Wah and the animators manage to entertain slightly whenever it's magic powers battle time. It's a long trek though to get the even slightly good stuff though.

Taylor Wong never really was a good director outside of fair promise showed in Sentenced To Hang and Buddha's Palm. Kung Fu Vs. Acrobatic has its title as the most prominent trait, which is obviously not a good final tally. Also with Joey Wong, Lau Shun and Tso Tat Wah.

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Kung-Fu Wonder Child (1986) Directed by: Lee Tso-Nam

Before the trippy, eccentric and wild "Child Of Peach" films with female lead Lam Siu-Lau playing a boy, she turned up in a similar role working for Lee Tso-Nam in Kung-Fu Wonder Child (actual print title being KOng-Fu Wonder Child). Mainly aimed at children as evident by a lot of silly shenanigans, upbeat score, literal cartoons on screen etc, hardcore Taiwan fantasy fans may actually get less out of it as matters slow down quite considerably after a strong opening. A simple plot getting quite muddled by the end among other things involves Lam getting in trouble with a martial arts school and she battles alongside her grandpa (Jack Long) an evil sorcerer by the end. Yukari Oshima is here too, being attacked by a vampire, its kids and apparently she's after... something. Sure it's a drawback that the whole piece is confusing but overall Lee Tso-Nam provides energetic escapist entertainment when it's not about silly facial hair, pranks and poo humour (mainly involving the vampire). The energy bolts are used extensively mixed in with pyrotechnics, zombies, automatic weapons, an decidedly 80s soundtrack and a tour de force healing scene involving a bleeding mushroom. Yes, enough sights in need of being seen to be believed are present.

Kung Fu Zombie (1981) Directed by: Hwa I-Hung

A short and highly undercranked time with a mix you can easily gather from the title, Billy Chong stars in a whirlwind of complications starting with a dead thief in need of reincarnating so he can have revenge. He ends up in Chong's father's (Kong Do) recently diseased body and recently diseased character played by Kwan Yung-Moon gets his chance to come back and wreck havoc, now with vampire tendencies. With a rather clumsy Taoist priest (Chan Lau) available too, Kung Fu Zombie delivers a broad and intense fighting mix often played out at overcranked speed. This creates energy, albeit fake energy but this consistency to comedy, action and the supernatural shenanigans in between works in favour of the movie. All often set to the James Bond score.

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