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Buddha's Palm (1982)

Ru lai shen zhang (original title)
The Buddha's Palm, a technique by which an ordinary hand is transformed into a formidable force. Ku, a blind recluse living in a cave, knows its secret, which proves to be as much a blessing as a curse as it attracts all manner of mayhem.

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Taylor Wong

Writers:

Suet-Fong Sui, On Szeto (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Tung-Shing Yee ... Lung Chien-Fei
On-On Yu ... Liu Ming-Ying / Hsiu Yu-Hua (as Candice Yu)
Kara Wai ... Hsiu Yu-Chuen (as Kara Hui)
Alex Man ... Ku Han-Hun, flaming cloud devil
Jing-Jing Yung ... Little Dragon Maiden (Guest star) (as Mary-Jean Reimer)
Lieh Lo ... Pi Gu
Kuan-Chung Ku ... Ouyang Hao
Tien-Hsiang Lung ... Thunderbolt Devil
Szu-Chia Chen ... Liu Piao-Piao
Susan Yam-Yam Shaw ... Sun Pi-Ling (as Yin Yin Shaw)
Kien Shih ... Heavenly Foot
Kam Cheung ... (as Kam Chiang)
Tat-Wah Tso ... Tathagata
Paul Che ... (as Che Pao Law)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tung-Kua Ai
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The Buddha's Palm, a technique by which an ordinary hand is transformed into a formidable force. Ku, a blind recluse living in a cave, knows its secret, which proves to be as much a blessing as a curse as it attracts all manner of mayhem.

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Action | Fantasy

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More Hilarious Kung Fu from the Shaw Brothers
21 July 2015 | by alisonc-1See all my reviews

Young Chien-Fei Lung is a terrible fighter, until he stumbles upon Ku Han-Hun, the Flaming Cloud Devil, who takes him under his wing and teaches him the eight movements of Buddha's Palm, one of the most powerful martial arts in the world. But Ku is blind and so Chien-Fei sets out to find the one item that can cure him; in addition, he's looking for Ku's rivals from 20 years earlier, including Pi-Ku, Sun Pi-Ling, Heavenly Foot and Liu Piao-Piao, all of whom have secret weapons and skills of their own, not to mention convoluted relationships and shifting allegiances. Can Chien-Fei use his powers for good, or will he be destroyed by all these martial arts masters?

I can't actually give a synopsis of this film, it's so completely wacky and ludicrous! It may help to know it's from the famous Shaw Brothers, whose martial arts films were so over the top that the only way to view them is to just forget about logic and go with the flow. This film is no exception - it's a wild mix of martial arts, "Star Wars" style light sabers, maniacal laughter and very strange special effects. Often one can tell if a character is a bad guy by his maniacal laugh, but most of the male characters in this film have maniacal laughs at one point or another, so that's no help. A lovely thing in these movies is that there are female martial arts masters as well as male, although for some reason the women are only allowed to learn four of the eight movements of Buddha's Palm, a restriction that is never explained. But there you have it, there's no point to expecting explanations (or logic or to some degree even continuity) with the Shaw Brothers, just go with the flow and enjoy it on its own very silly merits.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

21 August 1982 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Shaw Brothers See more »
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Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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