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The 36 Crazy Fists (1977)

San shi liu mi xing quan (original title)
R | | Action, Comedy | 27 May 1983 (USA)
Looking to avenge his father's death, after he was murdered by gangsters when he failed to pay protection money, a monastery novice strives tirelessly, with the help of students and a drunkard, to learn advanced kung-fu techniques.

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Chi-Hwa Chen

Writer:

On Szeto (screenplay)
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Cast

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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In the opening scene of the story, two men in grey suits and black hats rescue a young man from being beaten by a gang. They take him home to his sister's house. One of the men has had his head shaved between the two scenes, although they are meant to follow on directly. See more »

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36,000 clichés!
9 October 2005 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

Jackie Chan directed this fairly typical parodic plagiarism of several of his own films (and a few from before his time). A few Chan's regulars show up, including the master from the masterpiece Drunken Master playing essentially the same role, but Jackie himself is nowhere to be found. I got the feeling that this film was tossed together as a vehicle for one or two of the younger actors in it. The plot is not very clever, and though some of the characters are interesting (particularly the male lead and his two masters), they all dissolve into not very clever and not-as-funny-as-they-could-have-been stereotypes once the central plot comes into focus. Thankfully, there is very little pseudo-philosophical pretentiousness here.

The plot is a story of family revenge - where a hopelessly sensitive tiny young man (smaller than Bruce Lee, even) wants to exact revenge on s band of thugs who have terrorized his village, leaving him and his sister orphaned. So he seeks a master at a Kung Fu gym and is treated ruelly for a while, until he meets another master (a drunken old vagabond in the woods), and suddenly starts to show some promise. Plenty of poorly realized comedic opportunities arise and there is some good fighting (and some miserably acted fighting as well). ho hum. Bottom line is - it took me three nights to get through this and I only laughed a couple of times.

For fans only.


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