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King Kung Fu (1976)

A gorilla trained in martial arts gets loose and terrorizes the city of Wichita, Kansas.


Lance D. Hayes


Lance D. Hayes


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Credited cast:
John Ballee John Ballee ... Gorilla
Billy Schwartz Billy Schwartz ... Bo Burgess
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lois Ayres Lois Ayres ... Myrtle (as Lois Ayers)
Allan Baker Allan Baker ... Smilin' Jack
Fred Burton Fred Burton ... Bruce the Great
Dan Campbell ... Dr. Harris Freeb
Robert Carroll Robert Carroll ... F. Lawrence LaRue
Lee Elliot Lee Elliot ... Sig Heil
Jim Erickson Jim Erickson ... Al Funku
Maxine Gray Maxine Gray ... Rae Jean Fey
Pat Hayes Pat Hayes ... Meter maid
Lillian Kelley Lillian Kelley ... Agatha
Jack Lee Jack Lee ... Wild Bill
Tim McGill Tim McGill ... Herman
Stephen S. Sisley Stephen S. Sisley ... Officer Pilgrim


A remote monastery in China has trained a talking gorilla, King Kung Fu, in the ancient art of kung fu. Having mastered his fighting skills, King Kung Fu is sent to America to demonstrate the power of Chinese martial arts to the West. As he is travelling through Kansas, a pair of bumbling reports see KKF and decide he can be their ticket to fame and wealth. Of course, the gorilla gets away from them, and soon everyone is chasing the Shaolin simian. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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He came from China ... He knew Karate ... The Monster Master of the Martial Arts ... They called him ... "King Kung Fu"


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Release Date:

15 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Wichita, Kansas, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Began filming in 1974, production was shut down several times when they ran out of money, was finally released in 1987. See more »


The front end of Impala that's hit by the driver's ed car is obviously already damaged before the actual impact, most likely from a previous take. See more »


Beau Bridges: It's time for a final one-on-one fight between Beau Bridges and King Kung Fu with me as the karater and him as the karatee.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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A fun night in
17 November 2019 | by dar-07490See all my reviews

First of all, let me be completely transparent and admit that I used to watch the actor who played the John Wayne "inspired" character, Tom Leahy, when I was a kid in the '70s on the local TV station where he played "Major Astro"....one of those afternoon shows where the host plays cartoons for the kids after school. That is how I ran across this movie, looking up stuff on "Major Astro", so I may be a bit bias.

This is a campy spoof of kung-fu movies and King Kong movies. I almost imagine the idea was born in a small bar in Wichita over a few too-many rounds of Coors. The combination of the titles of "King Kong" and "Kung Fu" into "King Kung Fu" was probably first and the rest was spawned by that.

I enjoyed this flick, from the opening scenes where the gorilla snatches the banana from his sensi's hand (obviously inspired by the opening credits to the TV show "Kung Fu"...you know...."snatch the pebble from my hand, Grasshopper", only the gorilla's name is "Jungle Jumper") all the way to the end. It is low-budget and doesn't take itself too seriously (or seriously at all). When I recommend this movie to others, I tell them it's somewhat on the same seriousness as "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". If you like that one, you'll probably enjoy this one.

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