Demon of the Lute (1983)
Director: Lung Yi-sheng
Tagline: Relentlessly stupid, but I love it!
An ill-advised, but still very funny cartoon style opening titles sequence with heavy cock-rock guitar style guitar backing opens this film so you have some idea of what to expect. The 'this film is dedicated to children' line with the picture of the baby is another warning.
A puppet show with little Ding Dong (Kei Gwong Hung) and his unexplained koala follows, but it is interrupted by the Golden Spider soldiers who are getting rid of the evidence from an attack by the mysterious Demon of the Lute. The young kid is annoy they trampled his dolls and he is cut with them for most of the movie, his dad the Thief (Philip Kwok Chung Fung) has other ideas.
Old Fairy (Kwan Feng) senses something is amiss so he gets his young student (Kara Hui Ying Hung) to track down the "fiery bow and arrow" and completely by chance she meets a young man from a cave (Chin Siu Ho) who helps her along.
The story gets pretty much impossible to follow from this point, so I'll just detail my favourite scenes: the young man being chased by a giant ball of aluminium foil, fighting 'Red Haired Evil' riding a chariot pulled by German Sheppard dogs, Old Naughty (Yuen Tak) riding backward on a horse, Eagle Man and extendo-fist man, Skinny & Fatty Elf and of course the Lute itself that lights up and makes bad music when you play it.
If the lute sounds familiar, it is based on the same movie that the killer musical instrument from Kung Fu Hustle was based on, but much less classy. Much less classy cannot be stated enough in the case, but as I had to lie on the floor from laughing at one stage (the big axe versus the big lance) I can forgive that.
This movie is the perfect foil to those who think martial arts fantasy movies have to be all serious and I would love to see the other work from this director if I could find it. There are some other movies that sound as stupid, but this one sets out to do it deliberately so they would have a lot to top.
A perfect party film for a group of drunk films as you could even add your own commentary and drinking games to go along with it. This movie has recently been re-released as part of the Celestial Pictures Shaw Brothers range so it should be easy to find.
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