Spiritual Kung Fu (1978)
aka Karate Ghostbusters

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 instead. 

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.

Score: 4/10

Reader Reviews

Lars' Review: For a Lo Wei produced movie I must say , this one is pretty good.
Not like the Jackie films we're used to but I think it's ok. It's not so much a kung fu film though there are some good fights in it. It's more of a comedy that just happens to include kung fu. Jackie rules as usual and you can see that Mr Wei did'nt have so much control over the production but still he controlled the budget and the finished cut. I wish Jackie had controll over it all. Ohh well.

It's one of the better ones from Jackie's early period.
Together with Drunken master and Snake in the eagles shadow.

Worth watching...

Score: 6/10

Adam JC fan's Review: I really liked this movie. It was in a weird way funny. There were some rally good fights.

Score: 7/10

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