Kung Fu Monster (2018) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Andrew Lau
Starring: Louis Koo, Cheney Chen, Bea Hayden Kuo
Rated: UR/Region A/2:39/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Well Go USA
Set in the final years of the Ming Dynasty, when the nation is gifted a rare creature by the Bruneian Empire. A member of the Imperial Secret Police is tasked to tame the beast but realizing that it is a kind creature by nature, he releases it from the palace and then elopes with the daughter of a man executed on false charges. His action prompts the palace to put a hefty bounty on the creature and now martial arts masters are hunting for it, hoping to earn the bounty.
It’s sort of like Pokemon only with more Kung Fu in the titled Kung Fu Monster. This is a movie where people find a cute little being that can be used for many different things and as a result, many people want it for both good and bad reasons. It’s a bit of a lighthearted and fun-loving movie that kids will enjoy for the obvious reasons, but it also packs some fighting and action to make it a movie that won’t be rejected by the usual fans of these types of movies from Well Go USA either. It’s a movie that has a little bit of something for everyone, but even with that, I feel it might just be a good watch once. It might be a better re-watch for the younger viewers out there, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what you get with it when you do give it a spin.
The effects aren’t too bad here either, which is good if you are going to have a creature like the main one here in it. While you can spot some spotty CGI here and there, it still is well done enough for you not to mind that much. You also get a few comedic moments along the way, but what is actually funny is always something that is subject to opinion. I think I would have liked a little more out of it plotwise as things tend to feel a bit stagnate and repetitive in some spots, but other than that I am a grown man telling you this somewhat childish stuff here and there still managed to entertain me enough. So give this one a try and while I can say you might not love it, I don’t think many folks will dislike it regardless.
– Making Of
Quality of Transfer: 96%