Kung Fu Zombie (1981)

Eyeless zombie
Eyeless zombie

Directed by Hwa I Hung, starring Billy Chong, Chan Lau, Chang Tao and Cheng Ka Ying .

Poster
Poster
Ocean Shores video sleeve
Ocean Shores video sleeve

A renegade priest brings the dead back to life as eyeless, hopping zombies to help a bad guy called Mu Tai kill his opponents, but the villain dies in one of his own boobytraps, so his ghost demands to be reincarnated in another body. Mu Tai’s spirit ends up residing in the corpse of hero Pang’s father, but a faulty ritual turns him into a white-faced, part-human & part-ghost being, who’s hellbent on murdering several folks. To make matters worse, Pang (Chong) is also targeted by scar-faced undead villain Long, a guy so tough he even carries on fighting when his hands and feet catch fire! Fortunately for Pang, the handy intervention of a Buddhist monk imbues him with the power to defeat Long, who is finally lynched with prayer beads and stabbed to death with a tree branch.

Is Pang's dad dead or unwell or a zombie?
Is Pang’s dad dead or unwell or a zombie?
Nice eyebrows!
Nice eyebrows!
Splash!
Splash!
This is a corpse, innit?
This is a corpse, innit?

This Eternal Film Company production is a comedic fantasy-horror-actioner, starring the likeable Billy Chong, which merges lively bouts of kung fu, humour and supernatural hijinks with music borrowed from the likes of MOONRAKER and EXORCIST II. The movie informs us that spirits need to be nailed to the corpses they are going to inhabit and reveals the fact that a hat constructed from leaves can make its wearer invisible to the living dead! 

This leaf hat will make you invisible to vampires and zombies, honest!
This leaf hat will make you invisible to vampires and zombies – honest!
Video cover
Video cover

There’s some super-fast editing for several fight scenes, plus speeded-up farcical chases, though this all actually works out fine within the context of this film, which is, after all, an exaggerated comedy kung fu horror flick.

German poster
German poster

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