|Old Dirty Kung Fu (1979)|
|Director:||Chien Yuet San|
|Starring:||Cliff Lok, Simon Yuen, Chan Lung, and Lee Hoi San|
Kung fu and comedy are often fiercely tied together in the realm of martial arts cinema, yet the mix of kung fu and comedy in these older films are less than subtle. Old Dirty Kung Fu is certainly a guilty party when it comes to mixing this broad form of humor. Indeed, everything that audiences might expect from a seventies martial arts comedy makes an appearance during this film. You can expect vulgar jokes made on occasion, men being dressed in drag, plenty of characters who sport hairy moles on their face, and even the requisite crossing of the eyes in moments of true “hilarity.” Not nearly as entertaining as the filmmakers had hoped their movie might be, the broad comedy is exceedingly loud and obnoxious. There comes a point in the film where the audience no longer even expects any sort of natural interaction between the characters onscreen. Indeed, every small movement within the film is played in the most broadly and extroverted way possible. This is the Peking Opera style, but without any sort of formal adaptation for the screen.