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This interesting (Kung Fu Killer) and action packed DVD stars the late David Carradine and Daryl Hannah, who looks older in this film, but is still a very beautiful woman. I have always been a fan of David Carradine and used to watch his old Kung Fun T.V series and also loved the movie Circle of Iron; however I did not realize he made several other martial arts films.

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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on February 12, 2014
KUNG FU KILLER was one of a dozen or dozens of movies in (mostly) post production when he was found murdered
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.
Among other off-beat stars I have many of their best films, mostly to enjoy his performances. And at times, eccentric off-screen life. Edit fulfilled. Carradine
still shines.

. . . But complaints that KUNG FU KILLER depicts an older Kane, leading to under five stars (but not many less) is sad. Objections KFK didn't involve Kane wandering from his temple/monastery worse. It was distilled out of his TV adventures seeped in 'Ah, Grasshopper lines', sage wisdom and into a semi-modern parody frenetic Shanghai. Young guy, senior man. His bad-guy KILL BILL triumphs came before this in his rich and often raunchy career. Carradine always was his own man and so took roles at his often bizarre fancy. A maverick of mavericks. It must've been painful to be covered with blood in so many revenge scenes. He'd even been a San Francisco hippy. Overall, he had some great parts.

His career was a real roller-coaster ride. As were his movies. Most always entertaining, the independent and smart
Kane characters were perfect for him, and he for the characters. I really look forward to seeing KFK
to see if his peculiar brilliance still shines...

As soon as the DVD arrives (ordered on 11th, today's the 12th) I'll come back to
edit this high hopes review... (probably will say, 'yeah, 5 star for sure') rc
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on April 10, 2017
Not bad, worth watching, but not great.
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on February 10, 2015
When disk arrived it was in German language with no alternative's . It would not work on my players. I ordered English. I printed out return label and sent it back. Return postage to Germany was $ 12.75 I really lost on this ? deal.
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on April 22, 2015
Loved the shows, this movie was great
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on March 11, 2012
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.
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on March 31, 2015
cool
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on July 9, 2009
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. series (both of them), The Silent Flute or even Son of the Dragon, this movie is a little "dark", definately blood spurtingly violent and lacks the spiritual/philosophical link to the martial arts that we associate with Carradine. Still, it IS Carradine, and that makes it worth seeing.
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on January 16, 2009
Alas.....he has returned. Carradine is great. Only he could fill this leading role. The script is clear and intelligent, story line is captivating, camera work is professional, the acting is superb and the martial arts is serious as well as entertaining. And, there are tidbits of historical relevance of the time period. In a modern world of color belts and multi-colored-patched uniforms, televised caged fighting and publicized 10th degree self promotions, this production is refreshing. In Gassho,
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on February 24, 2009
Kung Fu Killer is a very entertaining and well done action movie staring David Carradine and others too numerous to mention. The plots are familiar for these martial arts thrillers. Nice job !!
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