Also known as Killer Fist, Shaolin Mystagogue Kung-Fu, Wu Tang Mystagogue, Shaolin Zen Master is a Taiwanese production that has some very good qualities. First off is the lead actors, Hus Feng, Carter Wong, Chang Yu, and Phillip Ko Fei. They hold their own in both acting and action. As far as the action choreography is concerned it is so heavily edited for effect, and not very well, that it takes away from the martial ability of the actors. That being said the film took me back to being 13 and watching “Kung-Fu Theatre” early Sunday mornings on an independent television station on UHF channels (that should date me a bit). The English dubbing sounds like it is done by the same guys and gals that did most of the Taiwanese movies from that era, the bad editing, sped up fight scenes, and the poor music track made this film more nostalgic for me to watch.
The script is simple, Ming Rebels vs. Ching rulers with the Shaolin Monastery siding with the rebels. Some gimmick weapons thrown in for fun and you have an enjoyable film to watch. What it does well is that it tells the story. It doesn’t run off on sub plots and twists. Bad guys, good guys, a fight, and the good guys win.
Shaolin Kung Fu Mystagogue is currently available on Amazon Prime
Chang Peng-I – Director
Wai San – Script
Chan Siu-Pang – Action Director
Lee Chiu – Action Director
Hsu Feng (Dragon Inn, A Touch of Zen, 18 Shaolin Disciples) as Fang Ping our Heroine
Carter Huang Chia-Ta (a.k.a. Carter Wong) (Dragon Gate, The 18 Bronzemen, Marco Polo, Big Trouble in Little China) as Fang Shao Ching
Chang Yu (The Silent Swordsman, Zatoichi and the One-Armed Swordsman, The Moon Warriors) as Spinning Blades
Kong Ban (Duel with Samurai, 18 Shaolin Disciples) as King Tang
Lung Fei (Iron Fan and Magic Sword, One-Armed Boxer, The Buddha Assassinator) as Gold Nails
Hsieh Han (Dragon Inn, The Furious Avenger, One-armed Boxer vs. the Flying Guillotine) as Throws a fit
Phillip Ko Fei (Enter the Dragon, The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter) as the traitor monk helping Spinning Blades
Chan Siu-Pang (One-Armed Swordsman, Golden Swallow, Duel of the 7 Tigers) as Blind Abbot
Chin Kang (The Blazing Temple, Shaolin Iron Finger, Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin) as Brother Tien
Liu Ping (The Merciful Sword, Shaolin Kung Fu, 18 Swirling Riders) as His Highness
Sun Yueh (The Fist of Justice) as Highness’s toady
Ma Chiang (The Avenger, The Prodigal Boxer 2, Iron Neck Li) as General Li
Han Chiang (Golden Sword and the Blind Swordswoman, Dragon Gate Swordsman) as Prisoner who saves King Tang
Wong Yeuk-Ping (The Shaolin Kids, Seven Steps of Kung Fu) as Mute
Cheung Bo-Sin (The Blazing Temple, The Buddha Assassinator,) as Ming Huei
Lee Chiu (Cantonen Iron Kung Fu, Martial Arts Master Wong Fei Hung) as General Kung
Not surprising I couldn’t find anyone that has done a proper review of Shaolin Kung Fu Mystagogue so I guess you’re stuck with mine.