Feng hou (Mad Monkey Kung Fu) (1980)





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Lau Kar-leung spins this high-flying kung-fu saga about a Peking opera actor named Chen (played by the director), who, along with his beautiful sister (Kara Hui Ying-hung), is invited to dine with the dastardly and powerful Mr. Tuan (Lo Lieh). There Chen is slipped a mickey and when he comes to is accused of trying to rape Tuan's wife. Tuan offers to spare Chen's life if his sister becomes his concubine. The dealt is struck and Chen is cast into the street after getting his hands smashed by Tuan's henchmen. Years later, we find Chen struggling as a street performer with a trained monkey named Ah Mo. When Chen runs afoul of some gangsters, they kill his monkey. Just before Chen decides to snuff his own candle, he realizes that energetic street urchin known as Monkey (Hsiao Ho) would make a decent substitute for his former simian partner. After the two again run afoul of the same gangsters, Chen vows to teach Monkey kung-fu and soon thwarts the thugs. Later, he along with Monkey decides to take on Tuan and break his sibling out of sexual bondage. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
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Hsiao Hou
as Little Monkey
Lieh Lo
as Duan Shiang-Yuen
Kara Hui
as Chan Tseui-Hung
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Critic Reviews for Feng hou (Mad Monkey Kung Fu)

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August 17, 2005

Audience Reviews for Feng hou (Mad Monkey Kung Fu)


Repetitive and uneven "Mad Monkey Kung Fu" never reaches the heights it is capable of and with each passing sequence of tomfoolery, the humor only threatens to get better. That being said the acrobatic skill of the two leads is hard to brush aside even when this seemingly family-friendly gung fu film meets head-on with visceral mean-spiritedness. Director Liu Chia Liang portrays a master of the monkey fist in his first starring role. Hsiao Ho is a pickpocket cum student cum monkey fist master looking to settle a score with Shaw Brothers baddy Lo Lieh for framing and ordering the crippling of his master.

Adam Laidig
Adam Laidig

More or less everything you could want in an oldschool kung fu classic. Lau Kar Leung and Hou Hsiao are pretty much the best master-student pairing ever, and the choreography during the last several fights is blindingly fast and intricate. Definitely holds a current spot in my top five Shaw Bros. films.

Edwin Bailey
Edwin Bailey

The usual themes of revenge and retribution are covered in the usual flurry of fists and feet in this formulaic but fun martial arts flick that never inspires, but won't fail to entertain fans of the genre.

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