Directed by Taylor Wong, starring Derek Yee, Yu On-On, Kara Wai, Lo Lieh, Alex Man and Shih Kien. From the wonderful Shaw Brothers studio.
Long Jianfei gets kicked into a chasm, but he is fortunately saved by a gold-skinned, winged creature called Dameng, which is kind of like a small dragon with the face of a friendly triceratops. Dameng takes Jianfei to its blind master, called Flaming Cloud Devil, who becomes Jianfei’s foster father.
Jianfe is taught Buddha’s Palm skills by his new dad and he’s soon swept along in a series of confrontations, as various old martial arts masters, including Sun Biling and Bi Gu of East Island, settle scores, team-up, argue or are betrayed by others.
With lots of leaping, spinning and flying characters from such groups as Ten Thousand Swords Clan and Dark Moon Clan, that perform outlandish skills like Heavenly Foot and Three Invincible Palms, this film is swamped with colourful cartoon animation force-beams, cell animated daggers, cartoon flames and so much more!
One character uses Tortoise Style: the ability to fake death, whilst another master lets loose with the Wrath of Ten Thousand Buddhas Stroke, which results in loads of cartoon buddhist swastikas flying everywhere, as trees break, lightning flashes and a storm rages! That’s quite a technique!
The soundtrack, very often loud and discordant, adds to the wild, off-kilter nature of the movie, helping to compliment such over the top visuals as the villain known as Foot Monster using a super-extendable leg to attack adversaries, a kid with a large facial cyst from which he can squirt acidic fluid, turning his victims into green mush, plus the unsheathed Golden Dragon Dagger that looks and sounds like a lightsaber!
BUDDHA’S PALM is a riotous amalgamation of sounds, cell animated power effects, insane fantasy super-fu skills and larger than life characters. Wonderful stuff!
Okay, one more look at cute ol’ Dameng…