Kung Fu Killer
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The story: set in the mid `30s, White Crane (Carradine, Kill Bill - Volume Two) is a caucasian master at a Wudang martial arts school that's attacked by the forces of the ruthless underground gangster/warlord Khan (Kay Tong Lim, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story). Left for dead, Crane barely escapes with his life but vows revenge -submerging himself into the Shanghai crime scene in search of Khan. On his quest, he's aided by one of Khan's disillusioned lieutenants (James Taenaka) and an American cabaret songstress (Daryl Hannah, Splash, "Kill Bill") searching for her kidnapped brother.
I don't have nearly enough experience in wuxia cinema to be specific, but without a doubt, there is plenty of inspiration and nods to the golden age of kung fu films, particularly in story structure, motifs, and the insane level of violence.Read more ›
in Bangkok. The US State Department soon after issued a tourist advisory to keep out of Thailand; notably Bangkok.
This film is mixed bag of anachronisms, typical martial arts mayhem and ersatz Chinese culture, nasty warlord, twisted Shaolin monk mysteries and myths mixed with
lightning-fast martial arts. The spiritual beliefs/aspects in TV's KUNG FU, which this film could have been either inspiration or a rationalization for the blood-letting.
Oh, even a sexy singer played by Daryl Hannah.
She sang pretty good, as good as she looked.
The Shanghai location of KFK is ironic, to say the least. especially Kane on a boldly revenge rampage. The film is rife with ludicrous social and historical inaccuracies.
The only real saving grace of KFK is Carradine's stoic, spiritual monuments. He was a victim of the product's script, direction and apparently, budget restrictions.
If one can see the humor of the juxtapositions and inaccuracies, it can add a star or two, and the over-all action is pure adrenalin. I'll add three stars for Carradine's
maybe anguished 'the show must go on' presence with the frequent corn, cliches and creative gaffs. It must have been quite a come down from KILL BILL, the TV series
and his so unorthodox career and personal life. It was amazing the grace and drama of his martial arts skills came from his earlier career as a dancer. Just as 'Duncan
McCloud of the Clan McCloud, AKA The Highlander.
I'm keep my KFK DVD has a homage to him. Too bad he hadn't had better scripts and directors like another movie great who just passed on, Peter O'Toole.Read more ›
This film takes place in China in 1929 and begins with a scene inside a Wudang monks training temple, where the vicious criminals kill numerous monks including the chief instructor who was White Crane's teacher. When White Crane's (Carradine) Kung-Fu teacher is killed by ruthless drug lords he becomes determined to seek justice and joins forces Daryl Hannah who is a cabaret singer in a gangster's club.
If you are looking for some great acting this film is not for you, but if you enjoy lots of martial arts action you may want to check out this DVD. I found it to be entertaining.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior's poetic tribute).
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I have the first 3 seasons and felt this is a low grade imitation. Even the episodes with Chang's son were better but the DVD isn't out yet.Published on February 20, 2013 by James B. Langworthy
The poster of this movie is Kung Fu Killer 2 not Kung Fu Killer 1. It made buy wrong stuff.Published on January 15, 2013 by Yi-Hsiang Chou
Interesting movie; very violent though! I did not see any space for extras on the dvd menu. As a martial arts I found the techniques in the fight scenes quite interesting.Published on March 11, 2012 by Sensei
This movie is awesome. It's a shame Carradine is no longer with us to make more great movies like this. Take Bill and Qwai Chang put them together, you get this. Read morePublished on December 2, 2009 by Sarn't Mac
If you like martial arts and David Carradine, this is a good movie, but it`s not one of Carradine`s best. Unlike the Kung Fu t.v. Read morePublished on July 9, 2009 by L. Carrara
(1.) Martial arts scenes, techniques and schools were poorly represented & performed. Too much reliance on obvious blood filled capsules for the mouth and bullets. Read morePublished on April 22, 2009 by G. Teslovich