Sunday, January 19, 2014
BUDDHA'S PALM (1982)
I enjoy a good ridiculous kung fu movie as much as anyone else, and probably more than most people, but there's a point where a film can go over that line from being an awesome wacky martial arts film and become an absurd comedic fantasy film with some fighting in it. This one definitely goes over that line into overly wacky territory. You get a light-saber, people shooting colorful rays out of their hands, a guy with a giant extendable foot, high-speed Benny Hill-esque running ninjas and worst of all a big muppet who looks like a Chinese version of that stupid flying dog from THE NEVERENDING STORY. On the plus side there is a kid who shoots acid out of a giant zit on his face and that is something I have never seen or even ever thought of before. Also while this feels very much like a kids movie they don't skimp on the violence with people exploding and getting bloodily stabbed pretty frequently. Check it out if you can deal with the over-the-topness of it all or you're a little kid.
I saw this on a double bill with FIVE ELEMENTS NINJAS and while that movie also has some pretty crazy parts it's way more based in reality, not a comedy at all and is a much better overall film which made this one look even weaker by comparison.