KUNG FU AND THE LOST KEY
Low budget Kung Fu movies show us that formidable fighting styles can overcome some pretty powerful opponents. But as UNCLE PETE finds out this week, the power of lostkeylockeddoor style is formidable indeed. Join UNCLE PETE and the Clones in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN this week for the 1973 fight fest – Chinese Hercules. It stars Michael Chan as Chen Wei Ta, a fierce Kung Fu fighter, but not our title character. That honor belongs to the mightily muscled Bolo Yeung.
Our hero, in training for a fight, finds himself provoked into an unexpected street fight with his girlfriend’s brother – a fight in which he kills his potential brother-in-law. Distraught, as heroes are wont to be in the face of killing in-laws, he vows to never fight again and gets a job working on the docks.
But, the docks are ruled by an evil boss man and the evil boss man is ruled by an even more evil gangster who squeezes every penny he can from the poor, struggling dock workers. And his rule is enforced by none other than our Chinese Hercules, Chang Tai (Bolo Yeung). Despite his powerful Kung Fu, our hero refuses to help fight this menace even while his fellows are being squashed like grapes. Meanwhile, his ex-girlfriend, searching for him, gets involved with the mess as well. Will he snap out of his Kung Funk and fight?
This movie was filmed widescreen. Unfortunately, the Dark Vault Projector has not been working in widescreen lately, so we enlisted El Vato to do a pan and scan to cover the action in the film. Even more unfortunately, El Vato’s reaction times often leave something to be desired so the film occasionally looks more like a Benny Hill presentation – which by no means detracts from the enjoyment of this movie. From 1973, and also starring Fan Chiang as Miss Ho, it’s Chinese Hercules.
Sometimes it gets a little extra dusty in THE DARK VAULT, and UNCLE PETE’S throat gets a little scratchy. So when UNCLE PETE heads out into the DARK VAULT COMPLEX to get some liquid refreshment, he accidentally gets locked out of the VAULT area. So this week, we find UNCLE PETE wandering the halls of the complex and running into all sorts of interesting characters including 42nd Street Jimmy, Rojo Gato, and Vito Gold – all of whom do not have a key either. But ever prepared as he is, UNCLE PETE is still able to bring you a ton of trailers, some music, and scads of other groovy stuff, including an interesting interlude at the VITO COLA ™ machine.
So tune in this Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 10PM til midnight on channel 4 as UNCLE PETE wanders the halls of THE DARK VAULT COMPLEX in search of the lost key. It’s Chinese Hercules and a unique look at The Vault on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!