Return of the Kung Fu Dragon

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Posted On: January 10, 2009
Posted In: All Movies, Kung Fu Fighting, Kung Fu Movies, Martial Arts Movies, Shaolin Kung Fu
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This complicated story involves the military conquest of a peaceful island-nation by an evil despot and his sorcerer ally. His victory leaves the island’s three heroic protectors dead, but their young children are hidden away to grow to adulthood with different identities, unaware of their heritage, in hope that in time they might challenge and defeat the evil ruler.

The charming Polly Kuan stars as one of these children who has been adopted by the conqueror himself, initially as an insult to the defeated hero, and later as his protege.

Truthfully, the acting and martial arts are not outstanding but the story has the qualities of a much better film. Even with the over the top English dubbing, the character driven elements including humor and pathos are on display. The finale rivals Star Wars.

I’m not saying this is a very good Kung Fu Movie, it’s not, but there are a few great ideas on screen that would soon be fully realized in the bigger budgeted films of the ’80s. Watch it! Thomas DiSanto