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Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979)
"Feng hou" (original title)

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A disgraced former Kung Fu expert makes a living as a merchant with the help of a hot headed friend. When the men are harassed by gangsters, the merchant decided to teach his friend monkey boxing so they can defend their business.

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Chia-Liang Liu ...
Chen
Hou Hsiao ...
Monkey (as Hsiao Ho)
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Miss Chen
Lieh Lo ...
Tuan
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Siu Hung Cham
Shao-Hung Chan
Hsi Chang
Ling Wei Chen
Wing-Hon Cheung ...
Green Dragon (as Yung-Han Chang)
Szu-Ying Chien
Tien-Chu Chin
Chin-chiang Chou
Yue Fong ...
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Ming Fung
Bao-Hsing Ho
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A crippled former Kung Fu expert earns a living as a candy merchant with a friend whom he hires to attract business. When the men are harassed by a local gang, the merchant teaches his colleague monkey boxing so as to defend their business. Written by Joey Lennox

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very silly, if you're into this sort of thing
29 February 2008 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

I generally dislike comedy in my kung fu, and prefer straight up revenge tales. Mad Monkey Kung Fu, strangely enough, combines both, but ultimately is more comedic than I would like.

That's not to say Chia-Liang Liu's direction isn't as good as ever, his choreographies mind-blowing and the kung fu on display impressive. My only gripe with the film, and the reason I largely didn't enjoy it, is that everything is utterly silly. I guess the monkey style kung fu is inherently silly, in and off itself, but Little Monkey's fights with Lo Lieh's thugs are more circus fare, complete with grimaces and silly quirks, than straight up kung fu.

What I DID like where the training scenes, where Master Chan trains Little Monkey (played over the top, and given his role, right on the money, by Hou Hsiao) in the ways of the monkey fu, . It's still very much played for laughs but pleasantly so.

Anyways, overall good performances by Hsiao, Lo Lieh and the foxy Kara Hiu (unfortunately in a short role), great choreographies as usual by Chia-Liang Liu, but too light-hearted for my tastes.


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