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Spiritual Kung Fu (1978)

Quan jing (original title)
A goofy student is taught a lost martial art style by five ghosts.


Wei Lo


Lei Pan

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Credited cast:
Jackie Chan ... Yi-Lang
Chih-Ping Chiang Chih-Ping Chiang
Hsiu-yi Fang Hsiu-yi Fang
Hong Hsu Hong Hsu
Yuan Hsu Yuan Hsu
Ching Fu Li Ching Fu Li
Hai Lung Li Hai Lung Li
Tung Chun Li Tung Chun Li
Wen Tai Li
Szu-Cheng Mu Szu-Cheng Mu ... (as Chiang Kao)
Kang Peng Kang Peng
Kap-Sung Ra Kap-Sung Ra ... (as Chia-Cheng Lo)
Li Rung Chuen Li Rung Chuen
Dean Shek ... Shaolin Student
James Tien ... Luk


Jackie Chan plays the part of the class clown in a shaolin temple whose deadliest secret is stolen. All is lost until Jackie's character discovers the dancing blue ghosts with bright red hair who haunt the library. Written by Andrew Stollak <nuke@psu.edu>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for martial arts action, mild language, brief partial nudity, and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Hong Kong | Taiwan


Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

23 November 1978 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Spiritual Kung Fu See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Along with Dragon Fist (1979), this movie was filmed in early 1978. As Wei Lo's studio went bankrupt, they shelved both movies due to cost-cutting measures and Chan was loaned out to Seasonal Films for a two-picture deal. While there, he made Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978) and Drunken Master (1978) with Woo-Ping Yuen. The success of these two movies at the domestic box-office prompted Lo to give belated releases to this movie and Dragon Fist (1979). See more »


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Alternate Versions

In at least the Mandarin, French and English export versions, Ya Long is knocked out with a chop to the neck. In the Cantonese version, he is knocked out with poison. See more »

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Comedy Gold
13 April 2010 | by Alpha_PLSee all my reviews

I watched this movie a few month back. It's plot is pretty forgettable, same for the fighting scenes. For the most part the movie is cliché-ridden and steadily mediocre, but there is one, big exception.Around the half of the first hour of the movie there is this scene that will stay with me forever. As you might have figured out from the synopsis, the ghosts that haunt Jackie are the big part of this movie. Before the said scene they appear a few times, later they teach him some moves and thank to that Jackie wins the final fight. But the first encounter between the ghost and Jackie is one of the funniest moments in all of Jackie Chan's films. The poor special effects, the ridiculous script (Jackie starts peeing at the ghost), the whole insanity of seeing a fake skeleton bounce on the screen because the guy used X-Ray Vision scroll and looked at his friend is more then enough reason to watch this movie. I haven't laughed much at the movie for a long time, and I'm happy that I saw this low-budget martial arts extravaganza.

In conclusion if you have the opportunity to watch this movie, please do. The first 1/3 is pretty boring, and for the rest of the movie you wish that the craziness that occurred around 30 minutes in repeats itself, but sadly that doesn't happen. But this 10 minute segment of Jackie playing around with ghost is more than enough for you to rent this movie.

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