Crazy Shaolin Disciples (1985)
Reviewed by: Gaijin84 on 2006-05-10
A further adventure of Fong Sai Yuk (corrected - thanks cal42), Crazy Shaolin Disciples plays like a shaolin version of Animal House, except unfortunately not as funny. Fong Sai Yuk (Wang Yu) and his friend Hu Huei Chien (Siu-hou Chin) stumble across an attack by General Chik Lian Jia (Lo Lieh) on a local martial arts group led by Hong Si Guan (Lo Mang). The intercede to save them and get embroiled in the conflict. After the group hides out at the Shaolin temple, the army shows up to wipe the entire group out and finish the job. Sounds like a good plot for a serious movie, right? Don’t bet on it.

Crazy Shaolin Disciples was one of the last films released by Shaw Brothers, and it seems as if they were running out of Shaolin Temple themed ideas to build a film around. Putting Fong Sai Yuk and his best friend in Shaolin and having him and his fellow students pulling practical jokes on the rival group just doesn’t work. The gags are completely lame and I never cracked even a smile at their antics. The only redeeming quality of this film is too few fight scenes, which, due to the high-quality actors, are very well choreographed and quite brutal in their nature. It was strange to see a bloody, humorless finale in, up to that point, a light-hearted comedic film.
Reviewer Score: 4