"This movie will be of interest for only those people who are looking to see real monkey kung fu demonstrated. If your looking for an entertaining movie, go elsewhere! The movie is really just an excuse to show off some of the amazing skill of it's star, Chan Siu Chen. Chan was an actual student of Grand Master Chan Sau Chung, standard barrer of the art of TaiShing Pek Kwar (Monkey Kung Fu). He was also a the 1971 lightweight champion in the Southeast Asia Open Martial Arts Tournement. He is an obviously an accomplished fighter and skilled martial artist! One thing he is not, however, is an actor! Nor are most of the people featured in this film.The film it's self does not appear to be made by professional filmmakers either. For instance, there are times in the film where one would swear that the director simply placed the camera on the ground, or a near by table, and let it roll! Even when there does seem to be someone at the helm, the camera will zoom in on ,literally, nothing! While this may be funny for the first couple of times and/or when you are with a group of friends that wish to watch a little camp, it is very hard not to touch the ffwd button.As for the story...Well, you know the saying, 'If I ate alphabet soup, I could @%#! a better script." that about sums it up.While martial artists will apprciate the 'real' kung fu presented (no wires), I belive it would be a rare person who would actually call this movie good. Yes, the fight scenes are authentic but are quite few and far between, not really worth the effort to find if you don't posses some fanatical interest in the martial arts. Add to al the above, the mvie is dubbed into english and the voices are completely ridiculous! This is a true Grindhouse school, crappy Kung Fu flick, but, some people like that kind of thing. If you are one of them this is for you!"
Excellent Monkey Style Kungfu
Phan Rik | Amherst, Massachusetts | 01/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Monkey Kung Fu is one of the best kungfu films demonstrating monkey style. Other films such as the original Iron Monkey (1977) and Mad Monkey Kung Fu are also excellent, but their monkey style fight choreography does not match this film. The film is a true traditional kungfu movie, with a large amount of comedy. There is also some very strange and comical music in this film, but that does not subtract from the film, it only adds to the comedic element.The plot consists of a young man wanting to learn kungfu from an old monkey style master, at first the master won't take him as his student, but he eventually does. A kungfu master who specializes in the snake style is also going around town demanding protection money from all local kungfu schools and beating up all the masters. However, he can't beat the old monkey master, so he retreats to the forest to train for their next battle. Meanwhile, the hero of the film is learning monkey kungfu from the old master.There is a lot of comedy in the film, and it is actually sort of funny (which is rare in kungfu films). The movie also has a fight scene about every five minutes-- there is no shortage of action. The cinematography in the film is excellent, but this version of the film is not widescreen so it cannot be fully appreciated. Parts of the shot are also cut out sometimes because it is a fullscreen version. The best part of the film is near the end, when the hero is learning kungfu; the training sequences are very good, and the final fight with the snake style master is a true masterwork of choreography."
VHS over DVD here
Michael Stanley | Leesville, Louisiana | 08/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw this movie years ago. I recently got the DVD of it off of here and their are parts missing from the dvd, little skips. I then got another DVD of it assuming that i got a bad copy, both where the same. So first get the VHS for the whole movie, I rencently got a new VHS of this and it has the entire movie. Now this movie is a really good classic kung fu flick. The training of the young fighter in monkey kung fu and the training of the master of snake style kung fu are very intresting to watch. This film dosent have a deep story but enough to make this movie a great buy for anyone who likes classic kung fu."
S*POP | Seattle, WA USA | 08/25/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A fantastic revenge fight flick, great cheesy kung fu cinema.
Unfortunately, they lost 95% of the final fight scene. One moment they are fighting, the next they are bloody and tattered, and the death blow is being delivered. Great set-up, huge let down ending.
Worth the 3.98 version."
Great Kung Fu Movie!!!
E. Johnson | Oakland, CA USA | 02/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I used to watch this movie over and over, until I lost it.
Plenty of excellent fight scenes with many different characters.
Monkey style, drunken monkey style, eagle style,
snake style, tiger style, crane style, and probably dragon
(can't remember)... all represented with hilarious characters.
Nicely filmed with classic kung fu theatre sound effects."