88 FILMS BLU RAY RELEASE: Monkey Kung Fu (1979)

Wei Chung is a newcomer to prison and immediately starts fighting with Ma Siu Tien, a one eyed old man who is his cellmate. The Ma Siu Tien repeatedly defeats him and on the night before he’s to be executed, he gives the young man half of a medal, telling him that there’s a great secret if he can find he other half. Can Wei Chung escape prison and discover the secret? Or will he be stopped by Tung Hei Fung?


Now chained to another inmate named Zhou, Wei Chun soon learns that the man, who he once saw as a nobody, has the other half of the key to the treasure, which contains all of the secrets of monkey boxing.

Director Lo Mar mainly worked on comedies for the Shaw Brothers, like the Country Bumpkins series. There’s a wild fight on a bed when Wei Chun refuses to pay a woman what she’s worth in a brothel, a scene that never leaves the bed. I haven’t seen that in a martial arts movie before!

Known as Hooray the Bonebreakers Are Here in Germany and Stroke of Death in the U.S., Monkey Kung Fu and Drunken Monkey, this also has an incredible final battle with amazing staff fighting against the drunken monkey boxing style.

88 Films has just released Monkey Kung Fu on blu ray with a high definition 1080p presentation of the film, along with English and Cantonese dialogue with newly translated English subtitles. There’s also audio commentary by Kenneth Brorsson and Phil Gillon of the Podcast On Fire Network, an interview with choreographer Tony Leung Siu-hung, a trailer and new artwork by Robert “Kung Fu Bob” O’Brien. The packaging is amazing and also comes with a poster and lobby cards. You can get this movie from MVD and Diabolik DVD.

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