Mad Monkey Kung Fu (瘋猴)
Tuesday Oct 23 07:30 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00
About the Film:
Part of 邵氏兄弟 Shaw Brothers Retrospective
Directed by Lau Kar-leung. 1979. Hong Kong. 109 min. Mandarin with English subtitles.
Besides his pioneering films based on authentic martial artistry and kung fu comedies during the 1970's, acclaimed director Liu Chia-liang also embraced the master/pupil relationship to form the cornerstone of many of his other. Besides directing Mad Monkey Kung Fu, it's also Liu's debut as a lead actor playing down-and-out monkey kung fu master Chen, crippled by the ruthless villain Tuen (Shaw's penultimate bad guy Lo Lieh). Street boy Hsiao Hou (which means "little monkey" and played by popular martial arts aerialist Hsiao Hao) convinces Chen to teach him monkey kung fu to avenge Chen's shame. The wacky training sequences and outlandish finale fight leave you stupefied.
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