|Wu Tang vs. Ninja (1987)|
|Director:||Wu Kuo Jen|
|Writers:||Wu Kuo Jen|
|Starring:||Jack Long, Tien-chi Cheng and Chi Ping Chang|
|The Plot: Our film today, starts out with a bang! A Shaolin student is challenged by the Wu Tang member known as White Abbot, and the two do battle in order to settle the argument of which school is more proficient in the martial arts. When White Abbot loses the fight, he decides to head back home and try to conquer a form of magic that makes him invincible to nearly any weapon or attack. He actually manages to do this with relative ease, and with his new abilities gathered he soon sets out back in search of the previous Shaolin fighter. Along the way, he decides that it might pay to have a little more insurance during this next fight. He then makes a deal with a roaming band of Japanese ninjas, who he promises to look after and help them become established within China. With both a firm grasp on the magic of invincibility as well as his new clan of Ninjas, White Abbot seems unstoppable. Unfortunately, the Shaolin member White Abbot is searching for has went into training to become a monk and is currently being hidden by the temple. Abbot White then decides that he will do whatever is necessary in order to have his revenge.|
The plot simply seems to jump around without any form of hesitation. It becomes nearly impossible to keep up with everything that is going on. As soon as you think you have a grasp on just what is happening within the story, a zombie pops out from nowhere. Not only are we talking about a zombie, we are talking about a poisonous zombie who kills everything he touches as if his hands were made of acid. Does any of this make sense? No, not in the slightest. Nothing is every explained, but instead these bizarre facts-of-life are treated as trivial. This is actually a fun approach that gives the movie a very surreal feel, but as I have already pointed out, it is mostly just confusing. The movie does indeed almost become a surrealist film after the first twenty minutes. Characters are introduced, then dropped, and every other scene refuses to tie into the main storyline in any sort of meaningful way. Essentially the movie plays like watching a series of intercut scenes that have no running themes. The character of Abbot White remains fairly consistent throughout the picture, but even he is abandoned for a considerable time length. As for who our hero might be, there are only two characters who seem to fit the equation but they do not show up until the final thirty minutes of the movie.