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- Apr 4, 2017
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What in heroin induced, meth crazed, cocaine addled thinking every thought that this would be a good idea? Before I say anymore, let me reiterate that I’m a HUGE fan of Well Go USA and Asian cinema as a whole. I’ve grown up with the worst of the worst, and the best of the best, and can watch most of it with gleeful abandon. But very few times have I seen a crazed sort of film like this that just oozes with a mixture of 1960s James Bond like songs, slapstick humor, bad CGI, and martial arts battles that make less sense than me trying to fight a bullfrog wearing nothing but feathers and singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Yes, that pretty much sums up Kung Fu Monster as one of the weirdest and most bizarre Hong Kong action flicks I’ve seen in some time.
For those of us with pets and/or children, there’s a HUGE debate that has gone on over the years about nature vs. nurture. How much of a person/pets personality and character is made up sheer genetics and instinct….and how much is made of upbringing and careful care (or non caring) of the psyche? This debate has raged for literally as long as man has been alive, and this particular theme runs throughout the movie as well. Back in the old dynasties, the Eunuchs were getting out of control power wise, and Crane (Alex Fong), the most violent and vicious of the Eunuchs has been mastering the art of taming monsters to do his bidding. Unfortunately it’s with the age old hard hand of torture and abuse that tames his beasts, and this newest test subject is a furry little guy (that’s weirdly similar to a badly CGI’d version of Gizmo from Gremlins) that sobs and cries as he’s being whipped into fearing for his safety.
Luckily the little beast has the helping of Feng (Louis Koo), the right hand man for Crane. Feng doesn’t take to his master’s attempts at torture, and instead tries to imbue a sense of love and care for the creature, and winning over it’s heart that way. After seeing what Crane will turn the beast into if he ever has his way, Feng escapes with the creature into the mountains, prompting the rage fueled Eunuch to chase him down and destroy anything in his path to get his little killing machine back.
Acting wise, Louis Koo seems to really try his best, but even he is uncertain how to play his character Feng. Some times he’s the wise and benevolent leader, sometimes a saddened former soldier, and other times he can figure out whether he’s the slapstick comic relief. The film also suffers from having too many heroes and sub characters. Most of them seem to act as filler for the film, and their copious time on screen only further makes the movie even more overstuffed and nonsensical.
Not Rated by the MPAA
• Director's Interview
• International Trailer
I really wonder just what the powers that be were thinking when they created Kung Fu Monster. It’s a bit of a mishmash of different genres, blending humor, action, and fantasy into one film in uneven amounts. The end result is a very awkward film that everyone involved in seems to be wondering the same thing. Why am I here, and what am I doing? The Blu-ray itself is rather well done, with good video, great audio, but a distinct lack of extras (which is actually very typical for most Well Go USA releases). I’m usually a huge fan of the bizarre comedic action films from China, but this is one that I just couldn’t mesh with whatsoever. Personally I would just skip it unless the trailer really gets you curious.
Starring: Louis Koo, Cheney Chen, Bea Hayden Kuo, Bei-Er Bao, Taili Wong, Dongyu Zhou, Alex Fong, Peter Ho, Sam Lee
Directed by: Andrew Lau
Written by: Chao Rong
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 AVC
Audio: Mandarin: DTS-HD MA 5.1, Mandarin DD 2.0
Subtitles: English, Mandarin (Simplified), Mandarin (Traditional
Studio: Well Go USA
Runtime: 104 minutes
Blu-Ray Release Date: October 8th, 2019
Recommendation: Skip It.