Dirty Tiger, Crazy Frog (1978)

Posted in Reviews by - December 27, 2016
Dirty Tiger, Crazy Frog (1978)

One of those titles which probably makes more sense in Chinese, this was the first film from the Gar Bo Motion Picture Company – a subsidiary of Golden Harvest consisting of Karl Maka, Sammo Hung and Lau Kar-wing (brother of Lau Kar-leung). Sammo’s coveted ‘invincible armour’ is stolen by a sexy seductress with detachable arms. A body vest of indestructible chain mail, the armour is soon pounced upon by every insecure kung fu heavy in town, and ‘Crazy Frog’ Sammo hops into action to demand it back, teaming up with the cunning ‘Dirty Tiger’ (Lau Kar-wing). Dean Shek plays a typical kung fu buffoon named Panther who is thankfully beaten to madness by Sammo’s flying fists, leaving it to Shek’s intimidating sifu and master of the made-up crab style (played by the great Lee Hoi-san) to face the duo in the film’s final challenge. Some may find the bawdy slapstick and surreal humour hard to stomach, and the movie does lack the charm and magic of Gar Bo’s second feature film, The Odd Couple, made the following year. But with a cast this wonderful, there is still plenty to enjoy.

AKA: By Hook or by Crook; Let Them Fight Each Other.

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