29 May 2016 | Leofwine_draca
Broad laughs and superior fights
Fast-paced and packed with some furious fight sequences, CRYSTAL FIST is probably one of the best examples of the late '70s kung fu/comedy so popular in Hong Kong at the time. The worst thing about the film is the hackneyed plot, which has been done so often by countless films, both good and bad, that you immediately sigh on learning of it. Despite this, the film works, mainly because both the action and the comedy are top-notch. This is a very visual film, with lots of sight gags and dashings of slapstick humour thrown into the mix. It may be goofy and dumb in places, but this gives the movie a kind of appeal, a gormless charm if you will, which makes it more than watchable.
This is a streamlined movie catered to giving the kung fu fan exactly what he wants: tons of kung fu action and violence and little else. The movie is packed with expert fight sequences, some played for laughs, the others deadly. All possess fine choreography and highly skilled actors. The rest of the film is also good – prepare to witness some truly outlandish training sequence (some containing superhuman feats of exertion – unstaged – in which Billy Chong shows himself to be even better than Jackie Chan) and some extremely bizarre characters.
Billy Chong (KUNG FU ZOMBIE) is excellent in his role. If lacking a little in the charisma that Chan possesses, he more than makes up for it with his athleticism and his willingness to be the butt of many jokes. Stealing the show is Yuen Siu Tien (DRUNKEN MASTER), once again excelling as an aged but indestructible fight master, and although he stays sober this time his antics, both action-orientated and comedy-wise, are never dull. The villains are suitably loathsome, with a tough fight master and his pair of grotesque assistants, one blind and one deaf. There's also the comedy tag team of a whining homosexual and his obese assistant, so the laughs couldn't be much broader. Packed with cool music, great shots, and a non-stop display of skill and martial arts expertise, CRYSTAL FIST is a winner of a fight flick and recommended to fans.