The 36 Crazy Fists
With his father murdered. His ass kicked. And his body saved by a couple of Monks. What Wong Tai-Kwang (Siu-Hung Leung) want to know now is: who will teach him Kung-Fu, so that he can get his revenge on the dastardly gang that did this to him in the first place?
Well, the master of local Shaolin temple (Wen Tai Li) won't help Wong because he thinks he's too weak. And even when Master Hsi Tak (Feng Ku) enrols him into his school for some lessons, he doesn't even try to teach him either!
Wait a minute! What about that scruffy looking fellow who loiters around the river? You know. What's-his-name. That drunken chap (Cheng Chiang). Maybe he'd be able to knock some kung fu into Wong? Furthermore, once Wong gets a little better with the old kick and punch, I'm pretty damn certain that the drunken sod's pupil will show him some more slip and slide!
Yeah. That sound's like a fairly decent plan. Doesn't it?
However, will this be enough for Wong to get his revenge? Because even though his sister, Wong Wai Chi (Michelle Yim), thinks he could be up for the job at hand. It doesn't seem that way when what next transpires goes tits up in the field of battle. As Monks help with retraining - certain gang members need restraining - a dirty trick helps with a bout - and this adventure ends with a rather brotherly twist and shout.
Now underneath the surface of '36 Crazy Fists'; is a very cleverly constructed film that's taken some of the characters from Jackie Chan's early kung-fu flicks, and then amalgamated them all together into one fairly cohesive story-line. Moreover, it's funny in places. Jovial in others. And by in large the kung-fu on show isn't that bad either.
Jackie Chan. Yet Jackie wasn't in the main thrust of this tale. Ops! Cash-in Alert!!!!
Police Story 1 and 2 [1985, 1988], The Protector , Dragons Forever , Miracles , Operation Condor , and Drunken Master II . (2) On Szeto, who wrote the screenplay for this project, also wrote the 1981 Dragon Lee film, 'EnterThree Dragons'. (3) During it's time, this Hong Kong production has been known as: 'Blood Pact', 'Jackie Chan's Bloodpact', 'Jackie and the 36 Crazy Fists', 'Karate Killer', 'Les 36 Poings Vengeurs De Shaolin', 'Master and the Boxer', and 'San shi liu mi xing quan'. (4) Although at the start of the film Wong Tai says that it takes ten days to get to the
and back [five day's there, and five days back] for some strange reason it only
takes him three days mid way through it. (5) If you look very closely at the
scene were the master is trying to teach Wong how to defend himself from a
chain, you'll notice that the master rolls up his sleeves twice on two separate
occasions. (6) This action-adventure inspired the four-piece Alaskan
'Metal Core band' to christen themselves, '36 Crazy Fists'. (7) Michelle
Yim's most recent film work was in 2011 with 'Speed Racer'. Whilst Siu-Hung
Leung's last known stunt work was in 2011 with 'Mugamoodi', as well as having a
small role in the 2008 film, 'Ip Man'.
(8) Not only is Lau Chan the real name of the actor who plays 'the official' in
this picture, but it's also the name of a character in the Sega produced video
game, 'Virtual Fighter'.
Overall '36 Crazy Fists' is what I what call a so-so film. The action was fine. The story was a silly one. And the concept behind it was very innovative too. It's just a shame that the rest of it wasn't much better, huh?