King Kung Fu

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King Kung Fu
Directed by Lance D. Hayes
Written by Lance D. Hayes
Starring John Balee
Lance D. Hayes
Allan Baker
Dan Campbell
Tim McGill
Maxine Gray
Release dates
1976
Running time
94 mins.
Country United States United States
Language English

King Kung Fu is a 1976 comedy film directed by Lance D. Hayes that is a low budget spoof of both King Kong and Kung Fu done in a slapstick style.

Plot[edit]

King Kung Fu tells the story of a good-humored, hat-loving Chinese talking gorilla originally named Jungle Jumper who has been taught karate. After beating up his Kung Fu Master owner Alfunku when the latter dared him to snatch a banana from his hand, he is shipped off to the U.S. as a "goodwill gift" by his battered and embarrassed teacher where he is renamed King Kung Fu for publicity purposes. On the way to the New York Zoo, the "Monster Master of the Martial Arts" is put on display in Wichita, Kansas where two out-of-work reporters set him free with plans to "capture" him and get jobs.

Police Captain J.W. Duke (who resembles a certain Western Movie star) and his patriotic-helmeted little assistant Officer Pilgrim get involved in the city-wide chase along with the phony-looking ape's love interest Rae Fey (a beautiful blond Pizza Hut waitress/model), Rae Fey is the only one who understands that Fu just wants to see the sights like any other tourist. Her conniving TV journalist boyfriend Bo Burgess (not Beau Bridges as has been listed in some sources, a reference no doubt to the actor's brother Jeff who starred in the first remake of King Kong) and his hapless sidekick Herman, a pair of prudish protesters from "OLD HAGS" ("Outraged Ladies Dedicated to Hiding Animals Great Shame"), and a host of others including cops, cowboys and baseball players partake in a wild chase in order to catch the ape.

The gorilla and the girl end up on top of the tallest building in Wichita, a Holiday Inn and homage to the original King Kong film, where the hairy hero makes a final stand involving instances of stop motion animation.

Production[edit]

Production began on King Kung Fu in 1974. Due to financial constraints, it was not finished until 1987.[1] The film's production cost around $300,000.[2]

The film was shot entirely in Wichita, Kansas.

Theme song and ending "Gorilla Rag" written and performed by local Wichita band, LEGION.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Review: King Kung Fu". The Austin Chronicle. 2007-09-21. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  2. ^ "Kung Fu-ing King Kong". New York Magazine 9 (11): 63. 15 March 1976. 

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