Kung Fu Zombie

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Kung Fu Zombie
烏龍天師招積鬼
Wu long tian shi zhao ji gui
Directed by Hwa I Hung
Produced by Pal Ming
Written by Hwa I Hung
Story by Wong Ying
Starring
  • Billy Chong
  • Chan Lau
  • Chang Tao
  • Cheng Ka Ying
  • Kwon Young Moon
  • Pak Sha Lik
  • Shum Yan Chi
Production
company
The Eternal Film Company
Distributed by The Eternal Film Company
Release date
  • October 1, 1981 (1981-10-01)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese

Kung Fu Zombie is a 1981 Hong Kong martial arts film written and directed by Hwa I Hung. It stars Billy Chong as a martial artist who must fight supernatural foes.

Plot[edit]

Pang, a martial artist, foils a robbery and sends thug Lu Dai to jail. Desiring revenge, Lu returns to the town and hires Wu Lung, a Taoist priest, to raise several zombies to fight Pang. The plan backfires when Lu is killed by his own trap. His ghost then haunts the priest and demands to be resurrected. Kwan Wei Long, a serial killer, enters the town looking to duel with Pang and is seemingly killed by him. Happy to find a suitable corpse, Wu Lung attempts to put Lu Dai's spirit into Long's body. Long, however, is so evil that he is reanimated as a free-willed vampire. When Pang's father dies, the priest uses his corpse to host Lu's spirit, but the ceremony is interrupted, and the thug and Pang's father share control of the body. Pang must now defeat the vampire and his father's possessed corpse.

Cast[edit]

  • Billy Chong as Pang
  • Chan Lau as Wu Lung
  • Chang Tao as Fong
  • Cheng Ka Ying as Lu Dai
  • Kwon Young Moon as Kwan Wei Long
  • Pak Sha Lik
  • Shum Yan Chi

Release[edit]

Kung Fu Zombie was released in 1981 in Hong Kong and 1982 in the US.[1] Ground Zero released it in the US on DVD in 2002.[2]

Reception[edit]

J. Doyle Wallis of DVD Talk rated it 3.5/5 stars and called it "pure, cheap, unadulterated, stupid fun".[2] Todd Rigney of Beyond Hollywood called it "an obvious rip-off" of Encounters of the Spooky Kind that approaches the fun of The Evil Dead and Braindead.[3] In Horror and Science Fiction Films III, Donald C. Willis called it "95 minutes of pure silliness".[1] The Encyclopedia of Martial Arts Movies called it "a very unusual, funny film".[4] In The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia, Peter Dendle wrote, "The speeded-up cinematography of martial arts action sequences always gives zombies in East Asian cinema a novel, charismatic twist."[5] Brian Thomas, who wrote VideoHound's Dragon, said, "[F]or the most part, this has all the dumb spirit of a ninja movie with the added bonus of horror and gore!"[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Willis, Donald C. (1984). Horror and Science Fiction Films III, Volume 3. Scarecrow Press. p. 157. ISBN 9780810817234. 
  2. ^ a b Wallis, J. Doyle (2002-08-30). "Kung Fu Zombie". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2015-02-05. 
  3. ^ Rigney, Todd (2011-10-10). "Forgotten Action Cinema: Kung Fu Zombie". BeyondHollywood.com. Retrieved 2015-02-05. 
  4. ^ Palmer, Bill; Palmer, Karen; Meyers, Ric (1995). The Encyclopedia of Martial Arts Movies. Scarecrow Press. pp. 198–199. ISBN 9781461672753. 
  5. ^ Dendle, Peter (2001). The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia. McFarland & Company. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-7864-9288-6. 
  6. ^ Thomas, Brian (2003). VideoHound's Dragon: Asian Action & Cult Flicks. Visible Ink Press. p. 361. ISBN 9781578591411. 

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