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I first heard of this one while watching the fight scene highlights
videotape THIS IS KUNG FU back in 1989. The tape featured a delirious
trailer for this film which has tag lines that mangle the English language
to an alarming degree (example:"Ghost seeking revenge evils are deadly
scared!" and "Human heart annoying both spirits and human!), and my friends
and I watched the trailer over and over in disbelief.
I finally found the movie about two years later in a cheesy hole-in-the-wall video store that was going out of business, a victim of the Disneyfication of Times Square. The wait was worth it, because the martial arts were pretty good and the script is a ludicrous dialogue fan's wet dream! The prize goes to the scene wherein the villainous sorcerer realizes he's about to get his ass kicked, so he throws some spells into the air and screams "Count Dracula! Come to my aid!" The second he says this, the sky turns to night, the full moon pops up, a wolf howls and then from out of nowhere Count Dracula himself (the only white guy in the entire film) swoops from out of the sky screaming "I'M COMING!!! HAHAHAHAHAH!!!" And don't ask how the heroes finally defeat the sorcerer (hint:it involves the aid of a bunch of prostitutes who are experiencing "monthly women's concerns")! A unique cinematic experience!
Shame that almost nobody seems to have seen this. This is worth going well out of your way for. If you like kung fu and you like the bizarre this is the movie for you. Billy Chong must enlist a gaggle of hopping dead assassins to get revenge for the death of his father. The boss of the villains is not particularly impressive, but his main henchman, an evil wizard, is one of the coolest villains I've ever seen, in or out of kung fu. This guy is smart as a whip, cunning as could be, powerful in magic, and a better kung fu fighter than even the hero. His magic is great, especially when he actually, out of the blue, summons the western Dracula to fight for him. Watch this movie, you'll be amazed that anything this wacko ever got made, and made well.
During a supernatural encounter, a young kung fu fighter learns that
his deceased father was murdered by an evil tyrant, and expects to see
his death avenged. Enlisting the aid of The Undead, said youth sets
forth on his dangerous mission, armed with an ancient book which is
allegedly a source of awesome magical power.
A truly bizarre and thoroughly disorienting treat for lovers of all things weird, Yin ji presents ghost, zombies, and vampires in thrilling kung fu action. You could ask for more? 'course not.
A worthwhile oddity, and technically more professional than it really ought to be.
So according to the movie's narrator, the seventh month of the Chinese
lunar calendar is the Yin month. During this month ghosts are free to
roam the earth (for 30 days). Mid-month occurs the Ghost Festival in
which paper money is burned and tributes are left to appease the dead.
It is during this month that Billy Chong's ghost father (who apparently had six fingers on his right hand) comes back to tell him that he was murdered by Kam Tai Fu in the Yellow Dragon town and to avenge his death. The martial arts aspects of this movie are typical of the low budget movie. There are aspects of this movie that make it stand out from the rest. It is both comical, serious and most definitely entertaining. Other aspects would include the magic, ghosts and the inclusion of full frontal nudity during the sex scenes.
The movie has ghosts, bumbling drunk grave robbers, magicians, obscure magic rituals, a deadly powerful ghost of a bum, the scalping of dead people, an assault with face cloths, flying fireballs and a villain who threatens to sue our hero for slander.
Even though Kam Tai Fu is the villain, it is his lazy-eyed wizard that gets most of the screen time. We first meet him during his duel with a monk (the first of many crazy scenes). They charge each other with only their index and middle fingers drawn. They are floating towards each other and once they collide a giant explosion occurs. The wizard performs a ritual on Kam Tai Fu that will make him invulnerable. The ritual involves the wizard getting two hearts (the hearts must be from a young man and woman whom are both in orgasm), melting them down and them spitting the liquefied hearts at Kam Tai Fu. The wizard's greatest moment is when he pulls out a wad of paper money, burns it and invokes the aid of Count Dracula. You heard that right. Count Dracula makes an appearance and fights our hero (and the dead ghosts that Billy Chong recruits). There is also an equally impressive ritual in which the wizard scraps his chest with burning incense (ouch).
I highly recommend this movie for fans of the martial arts genre.
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Wild over the top Kung fu horror film that is actually pretty good in its own demented way. It has something to do with the dead coming back and taking revenge on the evil that some men do. Its one of those films that keeps you watching just because you can't predict what is going to happen next. I've been watching a great number of martial arts films lately and the sameness and predictability has really been wearing me down. Fortunately I ran across this film in the bargain bin and I ended up really enjoying myself. If you find yourself tired of the same old same old in regard to martial arts films I suggest you give this little gem a try. Worth way more than the buck I paid to pick it up
This movie was so bad I could hardly catch you up. It is a poorly
dubbed Chinese Kung foo movie with Ghosts/Ghouls/Zombies, they never do
make up there mind, act like they died in a tragic short bus accident.
The acting is sub par. The only thing that could save it is if Bob
Odenkirk used this as a sequel to Kung Pow. You have a pansy villain
who will always fear the purple nurple and a black or is that a yellow
magician who has no qualms about killing but draws the line at watching
people have sex, Yeah like that wasn't suspicious. 3 Friends and i
Watched this movie about 16 times for A MST3K experiment. The Trauma is
still painful. Oh yeah Dracula shows up after the magician waves a wad
of 100 dollar bills,In actuality he looks like a goth art student.
And the love interest's terrible flatulence scared the evil ghost away. because in life he was a poor bum and now is a worse ghost. We even used IMDb in our gag when we found out it got a 7 out of 10, a frelling 7. And now I see 10 people gave it a 10 out of 10. If you have a chance to see this movie. Run, leave whatever possessions you have and keep on running. If you don't, my friends John, Barry,Dok, and I will have a big told you so. We watch bad movies so you don't have to
Back in 1986, I saw Kung Fu Zombie, which is my opinion one of the best
fu movies of all times....billy chong's character of Pang Fung was funny,
witty, and, above all, excellent in his fighting techniques.
It was also in 1986 when I saw the trailers to Kung Fu From Beyond the Grave (also starring billy chong). Just having seen Kung Fu Zombie, I thought it would be just as good. Zombies and billy chong...what a great combination.
I didn't find Kung Fu From Beyond the Grave until 2003. This was the biggest disappointment of my life. I had to order it from England. This movie was totally a waste of time. I don't blame the characters...I blame the director. There was nothing special about the fight scenes. The "zombies" were just plain stupid. I was actually embarrassed watching it with my brother, after hyping it up so much all these years! One semi-funny scene was when the wizard calls Dracula to save him. Aside from that, the movie fell flat on its face!!
Maybe I shouldn't be to harsh to Kung Fu From beyond the Grave. I was expecting it to live up to the cleverness and wittiness of Kung Fu Zombie, which is clearly didn't. This movie was a run-of-the-mill kung fu movie. When it was finished, I literally threw the tape in the trash. It was just that awful...
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