Kung Fu Theater: Shaolin Challenges Ninja

This month’s installment in Dan Halsted’s ongoing celebration of all things whoop-ass is the only known 35mm print of 1978's Shaolin Challenges Ninja. The title might evoke imagery of a lone monk seeking fatal revenge upon some nefarious, sinister man in black; or maybe you're imagining a conflicted ninja who must undergo the shaolin challenges to purify himself through combat. But it's actually about a dude (Gordon Liu) who gets married and then accidentally pisses off his bride's family, and as a result they sic seven kung fu masters on his ass to see if he can truly make up for it. Directed by the absolute legend Lau Kar Leung, so you know the fights are top-notch.


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