Ching, a small-time crook, is sent to prison. There he meets a one-eyed master who has been sentenced to death. Shortly before he is executed, he gives Ching a wooden keepsake, half of which is missing, and cryptically tells him he must search for the other half, for then he will understand. Shortly thereafter Ching breaks out of prison with another inmate and goes in quest of the missing piece to discover its secret. However, he is not the only one after it. A gang leader who also wants the piece is now on Ching’s tracks. Also, the inmate with which Ching originally escaped now seems to be popping up everywhere. What secret lies behind the wooden puzzle?
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Lo Mar’s “Monkey Kung Fu” does not have much of a story but the action and performance by martial arts choreographer Tony Ching Siu-Tung (“House of Flying Daggers”, “Chinese Ghost Story”) is absolutely amazing. His athletic stunts, wireless jumps and kicks are a joy to behold. The new Shaw Brothers DVD is the best deal to watch this incredible action.
However, it seems there is a little mix-up in the names and the user comments of the film. The time I’m writing this, the IMDb picture shows “Monkey Kung Fu” aka. “Monkey Fist, Floating Snake”, a vastly inferior movie. But the cast refers to the Shaw film, which is also listed as “Stroke of Death” (1980) – its alternative title.
“Monkey Kung Fu” by Lo Mars starring Ching Siu-Tung tells of a small time crook who gets sentenced to prison. He meets a one-eyed master in the cell who gives him a mysterious object. Ching breaks out of prison with another guy and searches for the answer to the riddle which will lead him to “Gibbon Fist Clan”‘s kung-fu technique.
Cast and Crew:
Director: Mar Lo
Production Company: Shaw Bros.
Date Release: 1979
Audio & Video: Mono – Color
Stroke of Death
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Stroke of Death in IMDB
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