Spiritual Kung Fu (1978)
Synopsis: Well, as near as I can figure out, the
plot goes something like this: a secret
manual of the Seven Fist style of Kung Fu is stolen from a Shaolin
Monastery, and then soon afterwards, a comet lands with five ghosts who
are the spirits of the Five Animal styles of Kung Fu. They teach their
styles to a young student (Jackie) at the monastery, thus helping him
recover the stolen manual to return it to the monks.
Debbie's Review: This is a hard movie to review. Jackie
filmed this while he was still under contract to Lo Wei. After he had
became a big success with his Kung Fu comedies,
Lo decided to try his
hand at comedy. This is the result. On the one hand, it has a lot of
completely idiotic humor, including “ghosts” dressed in bright red
Raggedy Anne wigs and cellophane hula skirts, a scene where Jackie
goes fishing in a stream, catching assorted slithery, slimy critters and
stuffing them in his pants, and even a scene in which he urinates on the
ghosts. Charming. On the other hand, it has some
genuinely good moments, like the scene between a young, innocent
Jackie (who’s supposedly never seen a girl before) and the daughter of
an important guest, whom he is assigned to escort around the monastery.
When he naively asks for a kiss, he gets he gets a good butt whomping
There’s some really good stuff here, including some entertaining fights, but you have to wade through a lot of truly dumb stuff to get to it.
Adam JC fan's Review: I really liked this movie. It was in a weird way funny. There were some rally good fights.