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Fo zhang luo han quan (1980)

 |  Action  |  7 May 1980 (Hong Kong)
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Aspiring barber and experienced kung-fu fighter Shang learns that his childhood friend, Siu Ming, has been framed for murder by an unknown villain. When Shang begins looking into the crime,... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Shun-Yee Yuen ...
Shang (as Yuen Shun I)
Siu Ming Tsui ...
Si-Ming
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Lung Chan ...
Yu
Hsi Chang
Shao-Peng Chen
Mei Sheng Fan ...
Fat Master (as Fan Mui Shung)
Pak-Kwong Ho
Tin Shing Hoh
Ti Hsieh
Hoi Sang Lee ...
Chen (as Lee Hoi Sung)
Shu-chan Ou
Kwai Shan ...
Mu-Chao Mu
Chin-Lai Sung ...
Fortune Teller (as Sai Aan Dai)
Jing Tang
David Wu ...
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Aspiring barber and experienced kung-fu fighter Shang learns that his childhood friend, Siu Ming, has been framed for murder by an unknown villain. When Shang begins looking into the crime, he soon finds himself the target of an assassination attempt. Who is behind all these crimes, and can Shang stop them? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Poor story, great finish
5 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Buddhist Fist (1980) is most certainly not among the better exponents of its genre. It has some decent and fairly entertaining kung fu here and there, but the story is generally boring. The motivation of the bad guy is non-existent. The terrible attempts at humor mostly fall totally flat and are generally misplaced. I'll admit, though, that the Fat Master is quite entertaining, and will make anyone smile with his unbeatable kung fu (and chess fu!).

Story and production-wise, the movie warrants a "5" rating, but I will raise that to a solid "6" because the entertainment value is fair and the movie has an amazing finish.

The final fight is superb. It's like an inventory of all the "Buddha" styles; "Sleeping Buddha", "Drunken Buddha", etc., and it's of a good length. This sort of scenes is what Asian movies can do that Western movies can't, because no Westerners have this kind of devotion to and tradition for martial arts in the movies.

Special mention should also go to the guy who plays Boss Chang (the one with a big and a small foot). He's one cool dude, though his role here is nothing much. Catch him as a very cool monk in The 36th Chamber of Shaolin instead.


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