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The 36 Crazy Fists (1977)

San shi liu mi xing quan (original title)
R | | Action, Comedy | 27 May 1983 (USA)
A young man decides to learn Kung Fu to avenge the death of his father, a peaceful shopkeeper who was murdered by Manchurian gangsters for not paying protection money. At first he is ... See full summary »

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Chi-Hwa Chen

Writer:

On Szeto (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Siu-Hung Leung ... Wong Tai-Kwang (as Hsiung Kuang)
Kar-Yung Lau ... Shan Ho Kuan (as Jimmy Liu)
Shi-Kwan Yen
Feng Ku ... Master Hsi Tak
Michelle Yim ... Wong Wai Chi (as Hsueh Mi)
Paul Chun ... Chu Shan Feng / Monk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lau Chan ... Official
Chok Chow Cheung
Cheng Chiang Cheng Chiang ... Drunkard
Hark-On Fung ... Tai Kuang's opponent (as Ko-An Feng)
Ti Hsieh Ti Hsieh
Wen Tai Li ... Twitching Abbott
Han-Yuan Ma Han-Yuan Ma
Sha-Li Pai Sha-Li Pai ... Monk
Kwai Shan ... Head Thug
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A young man decides to learn Kung Fu to avenge the death of his father, a peaceful shopkeeper who was murdered by Manchurian gangsters for not paying protection money. At first he is rejected by his teachers because he is weak, but through persistence, and some help from other students and a mysterious drunk, he learns the skills he needs to avenge his father. Written by page8701

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Action | Comedy

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

27 May 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jackie and the 36 Crazy Fists See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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When the master is teaching Wong Tai about how to defend himself against the chain, he rolls up his sleeves and says for Wong Tai to attack him with the chain. Then, after they are done practising, he rolls up his sleeves again, and there appear to be forearm guards there that were not there before. See more »

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Don't look for Jackie Chan...
8 September 2003 | by groovycowSee all my reviews

36 CRAZY FISTS, while directed and choreographed by martial-arts legend Jackie Chan, doesn't feature him in any recognizable role. One is inclined to feel cheated because of this, and I would generally have to agree; 36 CRAZY FISTS may've been a great film if it had starred Chan, but as it stands, it is simply a mundane movie.

It features the overly-typical revenge plot, along with the old master, the bumbling sidekicks (complete with trombone "waaahh" sounds!) and the clever-yet-flighty girl we've all come to know and love (?) from the kung-fu genre. The fight scenes are not all bad, especially the final few between the old white-haired guy (a sure sign of martial-arts mastery, apparently) and the young student. Also along for this final fight sequence are the student's two (count 'em, TWO!) teachers, a fellow disciple of the old man, and at least three other guys who just throw around insults. Wow, that's some fight!

Maybe the most notable thing about 36 CRAZY FISTS (and this isn't a good thing) is its title; it suffers from PNS (Poorly-Named Syndrome), in that the 36 "crazy fists" are only one of dozens of technique the student learns. Moreover, they aren't even fists but sweep-chops! Oh well.

In short, this movie doesn't have anything special going for it...move along, move along. My rating: 5.5/10


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