Dirty Tiger, Crazy Frog! (1978)
Reviewed by: Gaijin84 on 2015-09-29
Summary: A prelude to greatness...
Dirty Tiger, Crazy Frog! is an above-average kung fu comedy, mostly driven by the star power of its two leads, Lau Kar-Wing and Sammo Hung.
The plot is somewhat throw-away, centering around a chain-mail vest that allows it's wearer to resist sword and weapon attacks to the torso. The armour changes hands a number of times, with the characters utilizing tricks and backstabbing tactics to get the piece under their control.
The real draw to the film is the stellar cast and their ability to choreograph and execute elaborate action and fights. Similar to their work in Odd Couple, Hung and Kar-Wing have amazing ability in weapons and showcase this with a couple of blistering fight scenes featuring staff vs. staff (which morphs into a 3-section staff duel) and their open hand scene teaming up against Lee Hoi-Sang. The fights are also filmed with a minimum of cuts, proving even more their superiority at the craft.
Definitely recommended as a worthy addition to the kung fu comedy genre, as long as you are willing to tolerate the slapstick nature.

Reviewer Score: 7