Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon (1991)

Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon (1991)

Directed by: Chia Yung Liu

Starring: Sammo Hung, Karl Maka, Mark Houghton

I kinda like seeing kung fu movies that are still Chinese but which aren’t set in the weird fantasy world that almost every other kung fu movie takes place in. Even if that means it’s a buddy cop movie. I actually prefer that, in this rare instance.

Two intensely bizarre cops with significant martial arts chops break every rule they can think of to apprehend the leader of a drug-dealing cartel. This mostly involves capturing crooks, beating the shit out of them, then using strange reverse logic to convince them into telling them who their contact is. The rest of the time, they just beat up the crooks, then beat them up some more, mostly for no reason. Because they’re cops! WAKKA WAKKA!!

The plot is a little confusing just because the main characters are so goddamn bipolar and strange. I don’t know if it’s just a cultural difference or what, but I found it completely impossible to figure out the motivations of the main characters. On the other hand, the action is fucking perfect. Sammo Hung is obviously fantastic, and the pace of the fight sequences are so quick that you have to just let the kicks wash over you and enjoy it. Despite it’s story problems and character flaws, I heartily endorse Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon to people who like fast action non-wire-fu martial arts films.


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