Kung Fu Killer (DVD Review)30 Nov, 2008 By: Matt Miller
Prebook 12/2/08; Street 1/6/09
Stars David Carradine, Daryl Hannah.
David Carradine is back in action in Spike TV’s two-part miniseries Kung Fu Killer, which proves to be extremely bloody and violent even for basic cable. This is a true “guy movie.”
The beautifully shot piece, set in China during the late 1920s, stars Carradine as White Crane, who was raised by monks and trained to be a skilled spiritual leader and deadly martial artist. After his mentor is killed by henchmen of the evil Khan Xin (Lim Kay Tong), Crane seeks revenge. He partners with Jane (Hannah), a Brooklyn lounge singer who is overseas trying to locate her brother, a scientist being forced by Khan to develop the lethal gas.
The film was shot entirely on location in China, which shows with its stunning cinematography, and it was nominated for two Leo Awards for its musical score and picture editing. It’s also the first time Carradine and Hannah have appeared together since Kill Bill.
Kung-fu fans, who probably missed this on cable since it ran against the Summer Olympics, won’t be disappointed.