Wednesday, December 8, 2010
LADY WU TANG (1977)
If there was such a thing as a feminist kung-fu flick this might be it. The story starts off with a young lady trying to convince some monks to teach her Shaolin style kung-fu. Apparently these are sexist monks because women can't be taught but eventually she finds one old monk who teaches her some crazy shit like how to stretch her arms like Dhalsim in that STREET FIGHTER game and how to break giant boulders with her skull! This causes our heroine to grow a mustache for some reason and then everything just keeps getting weirder as the story goes on. There's a guy who fights standing on his hands, a bunch of invisible men, a guy in white-face with a swastika on his forehead like Charlie Manson and a guy with elongating legs(which is actually a guy fighting on stilts which is pretty amazing). My favorite part is the anti-male rant by star Polly Shang Kwan. Unfortunately it's one of those kung-fu flicks that's so stupid you can feel your I.Q. dropping as you watch it. This was filmed way back in '77 and then released here in '81 as FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL and also as DON'T BLEED ON ME then re-released on VHS as KUNG FU HALLOWEEN which makes no sense and then finally re-re-released by The Wu Tang Clan under this title on the VHS that I own which also makes no sense since it's all about Shaolin with no mention of Wu Tang at all. For hardcore chop-sockey fans only or just fans of really dumb stuff.