Buddha’s Palm

Friday, December 14 - Saturday, December 15, 2018

** Please note the late-night screenings on Fri 12/14 – Sat 12/15 begin at 12:20am, not 11:59pm! **

“A fun-filled ‘80s reboot of the classic ‘60s Shaw Brothers series, featuring super-extending legs delivering kicks from a distance, dwarfs that squirt ALIEN-like acid puss from their spots, and pet dragons.  There’s direct reference to Hollywood fantasy output of the time, particularly STAR WARS and SUPERMAN.

Ku Han-hun (Alex Man Chi-leung) — upon finding his master near death after locking himself away in the hall of a Thousand Buddhas, learning its secrets – carries out his revenge against the entire kung fu community.  He does a pretty good job using his master’s Buddha’s Palm technique — a style that amounts to a holding a martial art stance while animated palms and swastikas (in their original Buddhist context) emanate from his hands.  In fact only four clan heads can withstand this self-christened ‘Evil Fire God’s’ power.  After a terrible battle at Tianshan these four hold fast against Han-hun, and leave him for dead.  And that’s just the opening credits…”  (Andrew Heskins, Eastern Kicks)

Screening as part of our Shaw brothers retrospective, Shaw Brothers Spectaculars: Presented in Glorious Shaw-Scope through Dec 29, 2018.

  • Country Hong Kong
  • Year 1982
  • Running Time 93 minutes
  • Director Taylor Wong