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  • Actors: Liu Chai-Liang, Hsiao Hou, Lo Lieh, Wei Ying-Hung
  • Directors: Liu Chai-Liang
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese, English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2011
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00518HB0S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,978 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Kung fu master Chen is tricked and his hands crippled by the villainous gangster and brothel-keeper Tuen (Lo Lieh), who also forces his sister (Kara Hui) into prostitution. No longer able to practice the martial arts, he becomes a lowly street entertainer, performing with his beloved trained monkey Ah Mao. Monkey is a petty thief and meets Chen and the two begin an odd friendly relationship until Tuen's men slaughter Chens pet monkey, causing Little Monkey (Hsiao Hou) to try and take revenge for him. Monkey is trained by Master Chen and believes he is strong enough and leaves Master Chen.

Customer Reviews

Definitely one of the better Martial Art movies I have seen.
saachi@emirates.net.ae
That Bad Bad Monkey was awesome, need more like that. looking forward for more.
Beverly Furman
I love the classic Kung Fu movies with action and good story lines.
Frank Smith Jr

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By k.e.fraser.md@prodigy.net on September 20, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
A typical Shaw Brothers winner in both the feel and content of the film. Straightforward story line and many recognizable characters. Early fighting is good, but not great. Frankly, I expected more in the early going. A monkey master is ployed into a compromising situation, for which he is punished by crippling his hands. He takes on a student who becomes the new Monkey King and sets out to avenge his master. Routine master-student training follows. Film meanders along unimpressivley until final battle with villain. The final fight is extraordinary and spectacular. The star's monkey form is flawless and breathtaking. I wish the film leading up to the fight was as good. Overall, a good 70s style Shaw Bros flick worth having.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By E. Hughes on August 16, 2011
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I already owned a copy of this movie but wanted to get the Dragon Dynasty remastered version. I also wanted the mandarin version with subtitles -- anything is better than the English dub. The picture looks great, and the audio is superb, unlike the unauthorised bootleg copies distributed by Red Sun.

Mad Monkey Kung Fu stars Hsiao Hou as little monkey and Lau Kar Leung as Mr. Chan, an opera performer who is falsely accused of raping the wife of a local gangster, an elaborate ruse by Mr. Tuan (played by Lo Lieh) to steal Chan's sister (who is also an opera performer).

Chan's sister agrees to become the lustful Mr. Tuan's concubine in order to save her brother's life, when it is decided that raping a man's wife is punishable with death by drowning. Mr. Tuan agrees, but only if Mr. Chan is crippled so that he is unable to take revenge or have his sister back.

Fast forward five years later, and Mr. Chan (whose life is all but ruined) is a street performer with a monkey show. During a performance, he meets an orphan named Monkey, an athletic boy who is also a petty thief. Monkey becomes enamored with Mr. Chan's show and the two becomes fast friends. But problems ensue when a gang of thugs force Mr. Chan to pay bribes. In fact, the same gang have been terrorizing businesses all over the community. After they finally kill Mr. Chan's pet monkey Ah Mo for failure to pay on time, little Monkey becomes Mr. Chan's sidekick, starring in Mr. Chan's show. But the thugs soon strike again, this time taking all of their earnings. During the confrontation, Monkey learns that Mr. Chan is a master of Monkey Fist, and begs to learn Kung Fu. But Mr. Chan refuses, fearing for little Monkey's life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mantis on November 24, 2007
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While I'm not a HUGE fan of this movie I am a fan of Hsiao Ho and his performance is worth the price of admission. Don't get me wrong, this is not a bad movie. If it were just based on the last 20 minutes and the cast it might well be the best kung fu movie ever made. You have the director, Lau Kar Leung as the protagonist, the lovely Kara Hui as his sister, and Lo Lieh as (surprise!) the bad guy.

Chan (Lau) is a performer with the opera and master of the monkey fist. When Duan (Lieh) sees Chan's sister, he gets Chan liquored up and after he passes out, he puts him in bed with his (Duan's) wife and gets her to corroborate an accusation of assault. In an effort to save Chan, his sister agrees to become Duan's concubine. Chan gets his hands smashed and is then released.

Years go by when Chan meets Little Monkey (Hsiao Ho) and the two become friends, though Chan is still quite melancholy. Little Monkey eventually learns Chan's monkey fist to defend himself against local thugs, who work for Duan. When Little Monkey tangles with Duan it is Chan's sister who helps him escape. Upon learning this, Chan decides it's time to get her back and take his revenge.

This movie has great fight and training scenes but has some rather slow stretches. It often plays as a comedy yet the story is depressing, and some of the scenes are mean-spirited. Many of the fights (though well performed) involve more jumping around than striking. Until the last fight, that is. The finale is also some of Lo Lieh's most convincing work. You get to see Hsiao Ho's unbelievable acrobatic display. The guy does back hand springs so fast he looks like an oscillating fan.

This DVD has the typical flawless, gorgeous picture of remastered Shaw Bros. films.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 11, 2011
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Shaw Brothers makes me believe I can pull off things that I really can't. I tried fighting with a hand fan once, and let me just say that it is damn hard to look righteous when you're holding a hand fan. I won't even go into when I leapt into a street brawl armed with nothing but the rolled-up latest issue of Good Housekeeping. MAD MONKEY KUNG FU, a 1979 infusion of martial arts virtuosity, leads you to believe that fighting with a fan is manly work, but don't you do it. MAD MONKEY KUNG FU is one of the few films in which the legendary Liu Chia-Liang (a.k.a. Lau Kar-Leung) not only directs but also plays a co-leading role. And this time out, the master has chosen to demonstrate his Monkey Fist skills.

He and the gorgeous Kara Hui play a traveling brother-and-sister wushu stage act who falls afoul of the local kingpin Tuan (Lo Lieh). The crime lord covets the beautiful sister and so hatches a plot which frames Master Chen (Liu Chia-Liang) for an act of sexual misconduct. As punishment, Master Chen's hands are brutally bludgeoned and his sister whisked away to become the crime lord's mistress.

We catch up to our down-and-out protagonist five years later, and it's been dark times for the Monkey Fist expert. Chen is eking out a lean living by street performing with a trained monkey. And now he's got the local thugs to deal with, shaking him down, bullying him. And since his mangled hands won't allow him to practice kung fu, Chen pretty much just absorbs the abuse. Our second lead character comes in around this juncture, the orphaned street scamp Little Monkey (Hsiao Hou) who befriends the crippled street performer. Are you at all startled that Chen takes the mischievous Little Monkey under his wing, eventually begins to teach him the Monkey Fist technique?
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