I've said it before and I'll say it again: Sometimes nothing quite hits the spot like a truly effing weird old school kung fu movie, and the 1978 Taiwanese Polly Shang-Kwan vehicle Zodiac Fighters certainly fits the bill. If you're a rational human, all I need to tell you about this movie to make you want to see it is that it features Lo Lieh in a flying-shark-launching palanquin fighting against Polly and a gang of oddly costumed martial artists that includes a girl in a bunny suit.
Happily, rather than being a mere container for these isolated moments of transcendent insanity, Zodiac Fighters is fun throughout, maintaining a brisk pace and a staunch dedication to being as silly as possible for its entire, brief running time. And as you can see from my screen caps, Criterion has done a fantastic job of restoring it for their extra-laden, three-disc special edition release.
Okay, that last bit was just a cruel joke on my part. You're going to have to scour the gray market for this one, but it's well worth the effort.
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