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  • Actors: Gray, Leahy, Balee
  • Directors: Lance D. Hayes
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LPS2RM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,882 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "King Kung Fu" on IMDb

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  • Original theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Here's the unforgettable story of a Chinese gorilla who knew karate! Raised as a lifelong housepet of Chinese karate master Alfunku, this gorilla uses martial arts to attack and defeat his master during a lesson. Embarrassed, the master gives him to the United States as a friendly gesture, where the simian is displayed in Wichita, Kansas. As a publicity stunt, the gorilla, now named King Kung Fu, is set free, and police captain J.W. Duke and his first officer Pilgrim begin an extensive chase to recover him and his love interest, Rae Fay, culminating atop the tallest building in Wichita, the Holiday Inn. The whole family will love this rowdy mixture of parodies and memorable characters, all thrown together with ape-sized laughs!

Customer Reviews

The writing, concept, and acting were so bad it was funny.
Michael Buccieri
If you love to hate movies an make fun of them while you watch you might get a kick out of it.
F. Sod
That tragedy, it seems, has removed the scales from both their eyes.
Denny Myers

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Madison on March 26, 2009
Format: DVD
In the course of motion picture history comes an EPIC.

The Ten Commandments, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Lawrence of Arabia.

"King Kung Fu" is like those mentioned aboved. It was made on film.

Possibly not like De Mille, Kubrick or Lean. But film was used. While it may lack in budget,story, acting or comprehensible, well anything...It's a hoot. Completely silly. It does for monster movies what "Plan 9 from Outer Space" did for science fiction. Not much. But for some reason I am drawn to it like a moth to a flame. It's so dated and tacky. But I think that's where part of it's charm lies. It is supremely overacted. Chewing of the scenery by some of the players. Well it needed to be done. I suspect the actors knew how silly things were going to get. I only wish there was an outtake reel on this thing.

But I enjoyed "Mars Needs Women" and "Robot Monster". Classics of low grade B movies. "King Kung Fu" gets five stars. For true goofiness and heart. And just being plain weird.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Denny Myers on August 25, 2007
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This was an extraordinary movie with a forceful performance by Tom Leahy (Major Astro of local Wichita, Kansas TV fame). The story is complex and interwoven. There is humor, drama and romance.

King Kung Fu was an ape raised in a remote monastery. While you might think that most simians would have no heart or intellect, Fu has both. As we romp through Wichita, Kansas it is clear that a surprise climax is in store.

The final scenes shows Rae Fae torn between her love for the confused ape and her previously rebuffed paramour. That tragedy, it seems, has removed the scales from both their eyes.

This movie is a MUST HAVE !! Outstanding acting. Superior cinemaphotography. Excellent directing. You can't go wrong with this movie, a glass of wine and someone you love on a long winter night.

King Kung Fu will clearly go down in movie history ....... Leahy should clearly have received a best support actor Oscar for this movie.

God bless all of those involved in this wonderful production.

Densel Myers
Yukon, Oklahoma
Raised A Hilltop Kid and Major Astro Fan In Wichita, KS
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Kirk on December 12, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This fine piece of cinematic history is a part of the rich history of Wichita, KS. It provides a stunning display of A-class acting coupled with cutting edge video mixing to create a dazzling mirage of scenes that will change your view of B movies. A must have for any movie lovers library!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danny on May 5, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
How many films can righteously claim the adjective "phantasmagorical" in respect to it's inexplainably preposterous, outlandish, fanciful, freakishly dead-on out-and-out totality of grinding to the earth of all that is coveted within the all-encompassing cinematic recipe book? Only one, and this does it whole hog. Why even deign to make another movie? What possible use is any other reel of celluloid after this gem stormed the theaters in the mid 70s? None, I say! None!

Bravo, beloved monkey! Bravo! Bravo!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 7, 2010
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"King Kung Fu" would have been infinitely more entertaining if it had been played straight and hadn't been done as a broad-brushed farce. I rated it two stars because I genuinely appreciate neophyte low-budget filmmaking, especially when it comes from a locale not known for its cinematic achievements, in this case Wichita, Kansas. The film was made sporadically starting in 1974, and was finally released in 1987, and it actually played in eleven theaters in the US and was distributed as far as Poland according to Producer Bob Walterscheid. That's a genuine accomplishment, and my hat's off to the tenacious team, as that is much more difficult than many people think.

Unfortunately, the movie, while packing a few clever jokes (it was filmed in "SimianScope," for instance) is really quite painfully amateurish and boring. The film opens in China where martial arts master Al Funku (Jim Erickson) trains the man in a gorilla costume the mystical ways of the East. He learns speed ("Will you be quick, little Jungle Jumper?"), agility, and self-mastery, right up until he beats up Al Funku, who then sends him to the US as a goodwill gift. King Kung Fu (John Balee) ends up on display in Wichita where locals protest with signs like "A naked animal is a naughty animal," at which point we meet our primary protagonists, Bo (Bill Schwartz) and Herman (Tim McGill) two local yokels who really want to get into broadcast journalism. (Huh?)

Bo and Herman see an opportunity for their big break, which involves various plots gone horribly awry comingled with the monkey. The chief weapon in their arsenal is a waitress named "Rae Fey" (played by the modestly attractive Maxine Gray.
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if you love "so bad it is good" movies, chances are, you already own this. but if you are like me and enjoy them only occasionally, then you should still get this movie. some scenes with the three non-ape main characters are boring, but, that is the only reason it lost a star. the side characters are all so stupid that they are great. they were trying for the purposely campy humor, but became so mush more stupid then that that is it's own level of awful humor. the best feature, is the police chief, an obvious caricature of John Wayne. lot's of fun as long as you can sit through the boring scenes with the three main characters, because they actually have a few good jokes that you don't want to miss between their boring boring boring dialogue.

also, if you are a fan of the old David Carradine kung fu tv show, then you will enjoy the spoofs on that.
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