Emperor of Shaolin Kung Fu (1980)

Posted in Reviews by - January 19, 2013
Emperor of Shaolin Kung Fu (1980)

The Emperor attempts to kill himself and his staff when Manchu fighters invade the royal palace, only to sever the arm of the Third Princess who escapes clutching her wound. In order to launch some kind of resistance, she plans a kung fu revolt against the evil usurpers only to be outnumbered and swindled by treacherous Chinese scholars seeking their fortune under the new regime. Inexplicably, the Princess turns into a homeless crazy woman and marries street butcher Carter Wong. He doesn’t realise his demented wife is in fact the country’s rightful heir, but plans an assault on the Manchus anyway. The story is certainly engaging and the kung fu is consistent enough to tune in and out.

AKA: The Snake, the Tiger, the Crane.

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