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Yi dan er li san gong fu (1979)

Gordon Liu stars in this Kung Fu comedy as an undercover Shaolin Monk. While searching for a fugitive who has wronged the order, the Master (Liu) uncovers a scheme to steal the priceless ... See full summary »

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Ah-San / Shaolin Priest
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Siu Boh Chu
Pa-Ching Huang
Shao-wen Huang
Chien Hung Lai
King Chu Lee
Ke Ming Lin
Chiang Lo
Hoi-Pang Lo
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Gordon Liu stars in this Kung Fu comedy as an undercover Shaolin Monk. While searching for a fugitive who has wronged the order, the Master (Liu) uncovers a scheme to steal the priceless Jade Buddha. But in order for him to stop the theft, he must fight his way through a labyrinth of booby traps and powerful opponents first!

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21 December 1979 (Hong Kong)  »

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Fist and Guts  »

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Knockabout action comedy with a great quartet of performers
13 August 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

FISTS AND GUTS is a great little vehicle for action star Gordon Liu, just reaching fame thanks to his starring roles in the likes of THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN. It's a knockabout action comedy that has some of the grace and finesse of a rival Shaw Brothers product, even thought it was clearly made on the cheap. Liu plays an undercover monk (with a hat and long hair!) who's investigating the attempted theft of a Buddha statue and with the aid of a couple of goofy guys must seek to prevent an undercover bad guy from putting his plans into action.

The film features direction and action choreography from Liu Chia Yung, who also plays one of the accomplices. He delivers action in spaces and much of it is very good thanks to the talents of the main actors. Liu is on fire as a martial artist and he never disappoints here. My main surprise - and delight - was seeing an almost unrecognisable Lee Hoi San cast as one of the heroes for a change. This bald actor is usually the guest villain but here he plays a totally different buffoonish part

  • and he has hair too! - and nonetheless excels in the action stakes.




Lo Lieh is on hand and contributes one of his stock villain parts although he's sorely underutilised. FISTS AND GUTS follows the action comedy template well, building to a climax of sorts in which Liu enters one of those booby-trapped temples you always see in these films and has to contend with all manner of crazy and dangerous implements and rooms which are designed to skewer him. Music is ripped off from the PSYCHO soundtrack quite liberally. The ending of the film is brief but satisfying.


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