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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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