KUNG FU ZOMBIE (1982)
aka Wu long tian shi zhao ji gui
Article 3920 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 4-28-2012
Posting Date: 5-8-2012
Directed by Yi-Jung Hua
Featuring Billy Chong, Kang-Yeh Cheng, Lau Chan
Country: Hong Kong
What it is: Kung Fu horror comedy
A bank robber, seeking revenge against the man who caused him to go to prison, recruits a wizard to resurrect zombies to help him with his vengeance. When the plan backfires and the bank robber ends up dead, his ghost tries to force the wizard to give him a new body…but further complications arise.
I expected a martial arts/horror movie going into this one, but I have to admit I wasn’t expecting a comedy – at least, not one that was intentional. But that’s exactly what it is, and with its manic Three Stooges energy level along with its ridiculous situations, it’s actually somewhat effective; I ended up laughing a number of times at this silly movie. In fact, it most reminded me of INFRA-MAN, and though it’s not quite up to that level, this is still a fairly entertaining movie nonetheless. The plot gets pretty farcical at times, and is full of outrageous coincidences, and you end up with a ghost, a vampire, and a passel of zombies to fill out the movie, along with the usual kung fu cliches. I was expecting a lot worse myself.