New restoration courtesy of Celestial Pictures and AGFA!
This magic is real. After the near death of his teacher, master annihilator Ku Han-hun (Alex Man Chi-leung) transforms into the “Evil Fire God” and utilizes the mystical Buddha’s Palm technique to decimate his enemies. Based on a popular Chinese comic book, BUDDHA’S PALM is a rampaging fun-bomb of majestic 1980s excess that feels like a live-action version of AKIRA mixed with THE NEVERENDING STORY. It features villains with stretching powers like Mr. Fantastic from Marvel’s FANTASTIC FOUR, evil beasties that spit ALIEN-esque acid puss, and killer dragons who are also kept as pets. There are also direct “homages” to STAR WARS. In other words, this movie will remind you how fun life can be.