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Buddha's Palm (1982)


Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 01/19/2004
Summary: 3/5

*** BUDDHA'S PALM: A little bit too campy and unfocussed for my liking, though I may have enjoyed it more if a wave of over-enthusiastic feedback hadn't preceded it on various forums ;)

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 08/15/2003
Summary: Pretty chessy!!

By todays standards, watching the CGI and watching this movie will make you laugh!! BUt i know this movie is a lot older than Stormriders but at times it is hard to watch!! Especially the HEAVENLY FOOT, which i didn't mind until end when............better not spoil it for you!!

Lo lieh as "Bi Gu of East Island" steals the show, as a powerful yet caring old master who always turns up late. The lead actor seems lost in what he is doing. The female characters felt like they were minimised and put into a minor character stature, though the the so called female villian stands out from the rest of the female roles

First time i watched this i didn't like it that much with the cheesy CGI, the sub plot that just came out of nowhere. But i think the more you watch, the more you'll like it

7/10


Reviewed by: magic-8
Date: 05/27/2003
Summary: Excellent Cheese-Fest

"Buddha's Palm" is a fun-filled, zany, madcap movie that is visually exciting to watch. Taylor Wong's film contains some of the quickest and sharpest editing of its day, with the editing of action scenes rivaling anything you'll witness today in music video slam-bang styling. Some of the quirky things you'd see in "Kung fu Cult Master," "The Magic Crane," or "Green Snake" are presented in this fantastically convoluted tale of fantasy, magic, revenge, and martial arts. The computer graphic imaging (CGI) of 1982 is obviously not up to the standards we have today, but they are more than adequate for this cheese-fest. The film moves so fast that you won't have time to ponder the effects, the script, or the plot holes. Park your brain, relax and take a load off when viewing this preciously dazzling entertainment.

Reviewer Score: 8

Reviewed by: danton
Date: 04/27/2003

I totally agree with the first reviewer: this film is absolutely delightful! This frantically paced wuxia fantasy more than rivals Tsui Hark's Zu Warriors. Anyone who enjoys the swordplay films from the early nineties (especially the more fantastic ones like Dragon Chronicles, Kung Fu Cult Master, Deadful Melody) will love this highly inventive and influential film.

By today's standards, the FX are truly cheesy, but don't let that take away from the fun. This film never has a dull moment, and after some rather confusing 15 opening minutes (which are also the weakest in terms of action choreography) settles in quite nicely, with one jaw-dropping action setpiece and plot-twist after another.

Highly recommended!

Reviewer Score: 9

Reviewed by: pjshimmer
Date: 03/24/2002
Summary: The original fantasy extravagenza

Like fantasy martial arts movies? This one started it all. Before "Zu: Warriors From the Magic Mountain," the premier film often considered to have started the genre, there was "Buddha's Palm" from the Shaw Brothers. Although several fantasy kung fu movies have been made after Buddha's Palm (Bastard Swordsman, Holy Flame of the Martial World, Descendant of the Sun), they were inferior in terms of the FX and the entertainment. Buddha's Palm was the first fantasy martail arts film from Shaw Brothers, and it has not been surpassed by any other SB film.

[8/10]