Another of the enjoyable
kung fu farces crafted by The Lau Brothers during the late '70s/ early
'80s, DIRTY KUNG FU stars Wong Yue as Pei Dou Chai (aka 'The Rubberball
Kid"), a rascally youth who acts as a middle man for bounty hunters
by leading them to their quarry. Unfortunately, his colleagues are
less than honest when dividing up the rewards, and the local police
captain (Karl Maka) has it in for The Kid. When things finally start
looking up, he decides to go after ferocious bandit Hu Lang (Wilson
Tong Wai-shing), but his usual partners (including the film's director,
Lau Kar-wing, and Norman Tsui Siu-keung) are no match for Hu, who
can boost his martial prowess by entreating assistance from various
gods. Developing a bit of backbone, The Kid resolves to defeat Hu
himself and, as no established kung fu technique seems to work, he
must improvise a new one. By studying the movements of eels, he defines
a fighting style that allows him to slither out of any hold, as well
as a way to circumvent Hu's heavenly aid: soiled female underwear!
When placed on the head of your opponent, it prevents any God from
entering into their body!
The storyline is heavily
padded to reach feature length and the resolution of the climactic
bout is disappointing. Regardless, there is still much to enjoy here,
and the martial arts are up to the Lau Brothers usual standards.
While not very believable as a viable attack style, Wong's "eel
fist" may still be the most amusing of the various comic animal
form styles found in this sub-genre. Wong Hang-sau, Dean Shek Tien,
Dai Sai Aan, Peter Chan Lung, Fung Hark-on, and Ho Pak-kwong also
put in appearances.