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出籠馬騮 (1979)
Monkey Kung Fu

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 08/07/2005
Summary: Average!!

The beginning showed a lot of promise then it goes downhill from there. A found it quite boring, though the flexability of the actors (they must all be gymnast) is really amazing!! The characters are not appealing and that lies the problem


Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 06/19/2005
Summary: 3/5 - Good skills, but just another kung fu film

Not much of a plot, but lots and lots of kung fu. Most interesting because it's a rare (unique?) leading role for Ching Siu-Tung, who turns out to have very impressive skills without needing a single wire. However, merely having lots of impressive kung fu wasn't really enough to make a film stand out by the time this was made, and Lau Kar Leung had already given monkey fist an impressive showcase, so despite the skills of the cast this feels like "Just another kung fu film". Actually it feels more like a Golden Harvest film than a Shaws film in many ways (e.g. it doesn't feature any of the Shaws regular actors), and the shadow of DRUNKEN MASTER is clearly cast upon it. Unfortunately, it doesn't match the standard set by Jackie and Sammo for this type of film, or that set by Gordon Liu and Lau Kar Leung. Still well worth a watch for the kung fu fan though.

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: goldenshaw
Date: 06/05/2003
Summary: great action scenes

There a lot of good action scenes in this movie from the beginning to the end
most specially in one scene when Tony Ching Siu Tung fought a very flexible lady inside a brothel.

Reviewed by: MasterArts
Date: 03/07/2002
Summary: Man......the 70's

This movie always brings me to the past. Definitely the most memorable movie, from a little kid watching it in the theaters, to watching it on black belt theater on tv. It does have everything from the most memorable soundtrack, training scenes, and the comedy. Fight scenes are a little lackey and slow, but sufficient. As a kid this was the grandest of all kung fu movies. Now that i'm older, it still rocks, but their are better ones out there. Speaking now as an adult who now loves more faster choreographed fight scenes. But still.........

Reviewed by: SBates
Date: 02/03/2001
Summary: This is also called STROKE OF DEATH

Folks, I have been watching kung-fu films since I was a tot. And let me tell you, this is the best old-school kung fu film I have ever seen, barring the wacked-out, heady, philosophical 8 MASTERS by Joseph Kuo. This is an all-out action film in the purest sense. From start to end, this film manages to deliver every kung-fu movie standard, and deliver it well, with a story as economical as its fight scenes are extravagant. this film lacks the pathos of a film like LEGEND OF A FIGHTER or EAGLE'S SHADOW, lacks the innovative quirkiness of a DIRTY HO, lacks the emotional rawness of a Chang Cheh film....It delivers the fu, delivers it well, with a little bit of black humor and a whole lotta gumption. This film has better, yes BETTER, kung-fu than any Jackie Chan film of the old days, any SAmmo Hung kung-fu film (except BAI GAR JAI) and even tops Lau Kar-Leung's best stuff in speed, athleticism, and execution. This is the one to beat in my book.