Monday, March 13, 2017
3/12/17 Episode 40: King Kung Fu (1976)
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Comedian Norm Hazzard joins me to watch the very 1970s King Kong Fu (1976). You think it would be a parody of all things Kung Fu and King Kong but it's also a loving take-down of Wichita, Kansas. There's a clever song about Wichita, and it's shot all over town. There's the minor league baseball field, the Sedgewick Zoo, the (now abandoned) amusement park, and a climatic battle on top of the city's tallest building, the still-standing Wichita Holiday Inn. The director's the guy in the gorilla suit.
Norm and I figured this was the second film at double feature grindhouses, but we were too optimistic. In fact, after being shot in 1976, the movie was finished in 1987, released on DVD in 2007, and was just featured at the 2016 Tallgrass Film Festival, with a panel of the producer and the actors who played Rae Fey and Herman. Question for Herman, did the gorilla really blow you?