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Kung Fu Arts (1978)

Hou fu ma (original title)
The emperor's right hand man frames the princess's fiancé, King Chi, who goes into hiding for ten years, vowing revenge. Meanwhile, the princess is married to King Chi's monkey.

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(as Kim Young), | 1 more credit »

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(as Shai-Jen Shio)
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Credited cast:
Carter Wong ...
King Chi (as Huang Chia-Da)
Sing Chen ...
Pai Yeh Hu (as Shing Cheng)
Chi-Min Chin ...
(as Ts-Ming Ching)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chung-Kuei Chang
Ming Yang Chen ...
(as Ming-Yang Cheng)
Kuang Lung Chi ...
(as Kung-Tsong Ge)
Ling Huang ...
(as Huang Huei-Ling)
Wen-Pin Liu ...
(as Liu Wen-Bing)
Hui-Chun Pan ...
(as Pan Huei-Gin)
Te-Shan Wu
Heng Yu ...
(as Hon Yu)
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The princess's fiancé, King Chi, learns that the emperor's right hand man, Pai Yeh Hu, is plotting an assassination. He attempts to stop it, but ends up accused of the attempted regicide. Worse, he throws a poisoned dart meant for Pai Yeh Hu, but it hits the princess instead. For days she is near death. The emperor decrees that anyone who can save her will win her hand in marriage. King Chi, unable to bring the antidote himself, sends his monkey to do the job. But after the monkey saves the princess's life, the emperor is honor-bound to keep his promise. He marries his daughter to the monkey and then sends them both adrift in a boat, which takes them to a deserted island. Ten years later, the princess has a son. The two are alone on an island with "Uncle Monkey." But the boy's father, King Chi, is hiding on a mountain, improving his kung fu skills in order to exact his revenge. Written by J. Spurlin

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22 September 1978 (Taiwan)  »

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[last lines]
Young Prince: [to the drunken monkeys] Remember the next time that when you see, hear and speak no evil, you also keep clear of the wine.
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Pretty but Pointless
2 January 2008 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

It is interesting and telling to note that nobody is credited for writing this wandering series of tangents from Taiwan.

Essentially, the film hails from the historical fantasy / folkloric genre of Martial Arts entertainment. The plot, though convoluted and absurd, is reminiscent of Chinese opera and other traditional aspects of Chinese story-telling.

Through a series of not-very compelling plot-twists, a beautiful princess is obliged to marry a monkey and the newlyweds are exiled to an island near the princess' former kingdom. Her lover, who is also apparently the father of her son, has also been banished because of the same series of unlikely events, and most of the film is about how he aims to settle all accounts.

There are a few unusual attempts at ribald humor, some predictable but entertaining Kung Fu, and a lot of silliness with monkeys. The film is well-shot and the princess' acting is worth watching. However, I can only recommend this film to Martial Arts completists. It took me three nights to get through it.


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