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Fistful of Talons/Kung-Fu Zombie
Fistful of Talons/Kung-Fu Zombie
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Sports
NR     2004


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Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Sports
Sub-Genres: Martial Arts, Indie & Art House, Martial Arts
Studio: Videoasia
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/16/2004
Release Year: 2004
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: Cantonese
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

James O. (jimbo84) from FERGUS FALLS, MN
Reviewed on 4/16/2011...
This movie is a unique find, and well worth watching for fu fans. THE ENDING IS INSANE, not up there with return of master killer final scene, but INSANE. Very cool movie. WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR-- ZOMBIES AND KUNG FU!!

Fistful of Talons-All I have to say is that BILLY CHONG IS FREAKING AWESOME!
James P. (bluebolt7) from AMERICUS, GA
Reviewed on 3/12/2010...
Fistful Of Talons/Kung-Fu Zombie contains the following two films....


How do you kill something that's already dead? This is the question posed by Billy Chong in this action masterpiece.

Billy must combat evil Taoist priests, his zombie father and a kung fu vampire-at the same time! Starring along with Billy Chong are Ching Tao (Super Power) and Korean kicking dynamo Kwan Yung Moon (Project A, Blood Child).

Fists, kicks, splits and flips make this one of the all time martial arts classics, presented for the first time in its uncut, restored version! Not to be missed!

Original uncut Chinese version with English titles


Billy Chong is a one man army-now he's got an air force!

Billy teams up with legendary action director Robert Tai (5 Venoms, Kid With Golden Arms) to bring one of the best films of the kung fu genre!

The battle cry of "Destroy the Ching, restore the Ming!" is heard all over China. Rebellion is brewing and Billy Chong is caught in the crossfire. His enemy is Korean leg fighter Wong In Sik (Way Of The Dragon, Young Master) and his ban of rebel killers.

Lavish sets and high octane action make this one great action ride!

English version

Movie Reviews

A split down the middle, and how
thefrankeinstein | 09/11/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I bought the set specifically for Kung Fu Zombie, and unfortunately the print is unwatchable. Taken from what looks to be about a third-generation VHS copy, the colors bleed horribly, the blacks are distinctly blue, and the subtitles, oh my! They're unreadable, having been printed on the negative as so many unreadable subtitles are, but also the edges are cut off, letting you in on only about 33% of what's said. On top of that they're pretty sparse, too! Line after line of dialogue will be spoken with not a single translation. I stopped watching after about ten minutes.

Contrarily, Fistful of Talons was a pleasant surprise. The plot's nothing impressive, with post-revolution Manchu rebels trying to re-instate the emperor (but wasn't the last imperial ruler an empRESS?). But the combat's surprisingly fluid and modern, and it makes use of a couple of better-than-average set pieces. It's filmed pretty well, with a couple of moments where I noticed some relatively sophisticated blocking and camera work. The picture's not bad, and the dub's average. Unfortunately the pan & scan crop is lamentable, with one scene in particular of some apparently intricate hand-fu being left off screen; we only see the dude's elbow!

Also toward the negative end, there are only a couple of unintentionally comedic moments, and any fun had with those is almost immediately snuffed by some outrageous and graphic animal cruelty. SPOILER?

--(A live eagle used as a cudgel and then torn in half)--

Besides that unfortunate aspect and star Billy Chong's lack of charisma (I think he was aping Jackie Chan, and failing), Fistful of Talons is relatively worthwhile. It's got a couple of neat, weird weapons, and the mandatory "super-abrupt ending" (though this one's much more abrupt than most). If, however, you're still interested in Kung Fu Zombie, I understand the Black Belt Theater disc has a pretty good picture."