Recommend Martial Arts Movies

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Especially ones I can probably find on DVD.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Sunday, 1 January 2006 14:33 (eighteen years ago) link

Shaw Brothers Classics:
Five Deadly Venoms
Crippled Avengers
Kid with the Golden Arm
Five Masters of Death (probably not available on DVD though)

More modern:
Drunken Master II w/ Jackie Chan

Joe (Joe), Sunday, 1 January 2006 14:45 (eighteen years ago) link

Uh oh! This is a major obsessive area of mine. Joe's off to a great start with the SB stuff, but seems to prefer Chang Cheh to Liu Chia Liang aka Lau Kar Leung (my fave.) Reasonable people can disagree though. Some of the cream of Liu/Lau's filmography:

Mad Monkey Kung Fu
Master Killer (AKA 36 Chambers of Shaolin)
Ninja Vs. Shaolin
Legendary Weapons of Kung Fu

Also be sure to check out his protoge Sammo Hung's (NOT WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE!) Golden Harvest era comedies. Sammo is the fat dude that was in the dumb TV show 'Martial Law' and sidekicked for Jackie Chan a lot - as well as directing many of Jackie's movies. He's probably my fave ma movie star period, 'cause he looks like a chinese santa claus but moves with the nimbleness of a spider monkey and the force of a prison riot. Anyway, some of his best material, all of these with Yuen Biao*:

The Prodigal Son
The Victim
Eastern Condors
Close Encounters of the Spooky Kind

Also, although it doesn't have Yuen Biao in it, Pedicab Driver is great, and has what is probably Sammo's greatest fight scene ever - against Liu Chia Liang!

That should get you started.

* Yuen Biao is a smaller, nimbler yet guy who is a star in his own right. Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao and Sammo Hung made many movies together, all recommended, and attended the Peking Opera School together. Taken together, along with four other guys who are mostly character actors they were known as the Seven Little Fortunes.

Austin Still (Austin, Still), Sunday, 1 January 2006 15:51 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh yeah.


Followup coming soon!


Promises to be the best violent movie ever made about noodle soup!


Austin Still (Austin, Still), Sunday, 1 January 2006 15:59 (eighteen years ago) link

Sammo is my second favourite, I think. Jet Li is my #1 - he combines being astonishingly good at the fighting with looking beautiful and being a genuinely good actor, and is in some of the best looking films in the genre. The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk is a big favourite of mine, and I just got the Once Upon A Time In China trilogy box set, directed by the magnificent Tsui Hark, one of my favourite directors in any genre. His bonkers supernatural kung fu works (whatever the nature of his involvement - he's produced at least as many as he directed) are all wonderful - I recommend A Chinese Ghost Story and Zu: Warriors Of The Mystic Mountain unreservedly.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 1 January 2006 16:22 (eighteen years ago) link

The Sword! my favourite hk movie ever :D

Yawn (Wintermute), Sunday, 1 January 2006 16:22 (eighteen years ago) link

I watched Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon last night (which I guess is sort of a crossover martial arts film), and I was reminded how much I like this stuff. And yet I haven't really watched many movies in this genre (not even when I was going to the movies fairly regularly).

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Sunday, 1 January 2006 16:30 (eighteen years ago) link

It makes me a little sad that I am not a kung-fu master though.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Sunday, 1 January 2006 16:32 (eighteen years ago) link

Of the stuff mentioned in this thread so far, The Tsui Hark stuff is going to be closest to CTHD. In fact, CTHD is pretty much a tribute to Tsui Hawk. The stuff I recommended is trashier, b-movie type material. And therefore better.

Austin Still (Austin, Still), Sunday, 1 January 2006 16:34 (eighteen years ago) link

B-movie type stuff is fine. I am looking for any type (hardcore, tasteful crossover, classic classic), for now.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Sunday, 1 January 2006 16:43 (eighteen years ago) link

"the sword"is pretty close to "crouching tiger", as well, in that its basically a lush melodrama with fight scenes (extremely fast and gritty fights, make no mistake)

Yawn (Wintermute), Sunday, 1 January 2006 16:58 (eighteen years ago) link


for the bean curd scene alone

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Sunday, 1 January 2006 17:31 (eighteen years ago) link

rockist, if you liked Crouching Tiger, rent *The Tai Chi Master*. You will dig it. One of my all-time faves.

scott seward (scott seward), Sunday, 1 January 2006 17:48 (eighteen years ago) link

For some reason, Remo was the first movie I thought of but I've not seen it for over 10 years.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Sunday, 1 January 2006 20:21 (eighteen years ago) link

what Austin Still wrote

Arhats In Fury
Tigers of Shaolin
Dragon Princess
Duel to the Death

all i ever seem to watch for kung-fu these days is a sonny chiba ten pack a few years back.

kephm (kephm), Sunday, 1 January 2006 20:30 (eighteen years ago) link

Jet Li:

Fong Sai Yuk 1 & 2
The Swordsman 2
Fist of Legend
Tai Chi Master
New Legend of Shaolin
Once Upon At Time In China 1 & 2 & 3
Bodyguard From Beijing
The Black Mask

There a couple of earlier ones which are good, too, but I can't remember the titles off the top of my head.

Jackie Chan must sees:

Police Story
Drunken Master 1 & 2
Project A 1 & 2
Armour of God 1 & 2

Non-Jet, non-Jackie classiques:

Eastern Condors
Iron Monkey

Non-Jet, non-Jackie stuff, not very martial art-y but super worthwhile:

The Blade
Ashes of Time
Time and Tide
Full Contact
Heroic Trio
Naked Killer
Rikki O
Black Cat
Zu: Warriors From The Magic Mountain
Bride With White Hair

I will come back with some 70's/early 80's stuff later.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Sunday, 1 January 2006 22:06 (eighteen years ago) link

Yeah, drunken master 1 & 2, since Drunken Master 1 has the probably the best training montage of any movie ever.

also, for american work, you could always go for Rapid Fire(Brandon Lee doing Wing Chun). It has Powers Boothe as a crusty policeman!

any Stephen Chow flicks.

kingfish holiday travesty (kingfish 2.0), Sunday, 1 January 2006 22:25 (eighteen years ago) link

I read that as Spencer Chow for a moment...

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 1 January 2006 22:27 (eighteen years ago) link

DO NOT see early 90s Stephen Chow flicks. Seriously you will regret it. Also do not (except for Bullet in the Head and Ashes of Time) see anything with Jacky Cheung in it.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Sunday, 1 January 2006 22:28 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm not versed in(or interested in, for the most part) the more recent high production value type stuff so I can't help you there, but some older stuff that hasn't been mentioned:

Bruce Li's Deadly Strike - can only find this on vhs I think and the pan and scan is terrible, but I love it. kind of a chinese dirty dozen with cool villians starring Bruce Li(not in fake-Bruce mode though, he kicks ass here)

Shaolin vs. Lama(not Shaolin against Lama! which is terrible)

Master of the Flying Guillotine(as opposed to the inferior but still enjoyable Fatal Flying Guillotine) - the DVD edition comes with commentary, which is rare.

any of the films now marketed under "Wu Tang Collection" (Iron Man,
Ninja Checkmate, Invicible Armour, et al.). sometimes come with Wu videos!

I'll spare you some others I like, I have a high tolerance for this stuff so I might have a skewed vision of what's "good" at this point.

tremendoid (tremendoid), Sunday, 1 January 2006 23:49 (eighteen years ago) link

You NEED One-Armed Boxer I and II in your life.

I Am Sexless and I Am Foul (noodle vague), Monday, 2 January 2006 00:26 (eighteen years ago) link


gear (gear), Monday, 2 January 2006 00:42 (eighteen years ago) link

A couple more late additions:

"Dragons Forever" and "Wheels on Meals" - both starring Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, and Sammo Hung, and each climaxing with a punch out between Jackie Chan and real life kickboxing champ Benny 'The Jet' Urquidez. I can never decide which of them is my favorite kungfu fight onscreen.

Austin Still (Austin, Still), Monday, 2 January 2006 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link


ha, i saw this recently. its a love story about a boy & his elephant! theres one amazing scene where he rips through a vice den, i dont think its in one take but it fells like it is & goes on for about 10 minutes, he wastes about 100 people

zappi (joni), Monday, 2 January 2006 01:05 (eighteen years ago) link

Mr. Vampire is a fantastic film with kung-fu in it, thought I'm not certain that it's great kung-fu.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Monday, 2 January 2006 01:09 (eighteen years ago) link

Is noodle soup really important in the flick?

Austin Still (Austin, Still), Monday, 2 January 2006 01:14 (eighteen years ago) link

God of Cookery, for the Shaolin monastery sequences.

gear (gear), Monday, 2 January 2006 01:19 (eighteen years ago) link


Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Monday, 2 January 2006 01:26 (eighteen years ago) link

no tomato flavoured noodle contents involved sadly - just clean wholesome proboscidean love

zappi (joni), Monday, 2 January 2006 01:54 (eighteen years ago) link

Eight Diagram Pole Fighter is the best I've seen. Absolutely essential.

One-Armed Swordsman and Return Of The One-Armed Swordsman (the third can be ignored, but might be worth a watch for completists' sake)

Magnificent Butcher - classic Yuen Woo Ping flick starring Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao. Amazing fight choreography and funny as hell.

Mil (Mil), Monday, 2 January 2006 07:52 (eighteen years ago) link

god of gamblers 1 and 2

white hole (white hole), Monday, 2 January 2006 07:58 (eighteen years ago) link


waldo jeffers scenario (haitch), Monday, 2 January 2006 08:26 (eighteen years ago) link

when i was in germany, i saw this one on TV called like "ghost cop" or something, about three knucklehead friends and then some crazy ghost monster that's after them, or something? it kinda sucked, but the last 5 minutes were so hilarious, in a sort of jackie-chan sort of fight-scene hilarious way, except goofier, that i went and bought it for like $40 in chinatown, but then i lost it in a move. but maybe its not even called "ghost cop". sorry

phil-two (phil-two), Monday, 2 January 2006 08:41 (eighteen years ago) link

DV (dirtyvicar), Monday, 2 January 2006 12:46 (eighteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
Crippled Masters exploitative or not?

jocelyn (Jocelyn), Friday, 27 January 2006 18:56 (eighteen years ago) link

I just today got Butterfly & Sword, The Blade and What Price Survival.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Friday, 27 January 2006 21:07 (eighteen years ago) link

Alex in SF, I want to watch movies at YOUR house. Yes, even though you robbed me of the chance to champion Heroic Trio.

Laurel (Laurel), Friday, 27 January 2006 21:11 (eighteen years ago) link

I can't remember what it is called, but there is a sequel to The Heroic Trio which is also pretty good (and much weird too.)

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Saturday, 28 January 2006 00:59 (eighteen years ago) link

It's called The Heroic Trio 2: The Executioners or The Executioners (haha or if you go by the LITERAL english translation it is Modern Day Wonder Heroes Legend!!)

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Saturday, 28 January 2006 01:02 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm falling behind on my martial arts movie DVD viewing. I think I could use one or two this week. Maybe tomorrow night after work.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Saturday, 28 January 2006 02:06 (eighteen years ago) link

Wait, so Fist of Legend has semi-historical Shotokan stuff in it? This is supposed to be that Funakoshi? I had no idea what to expect, and this is a surprise, since I dabbled in Shotokan karate for three months (after which my money ran out and it would have been time to be tested on the first kata--my reasons for leaving were a little of both). I had never sweated so much before in my life.

(Actually, I think Kung Fu is more interesting to watch.)

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Sunday, 29 January 2006 22:46 (eighteen years ago) link

imdb sez that the Funakoshi in FoL is named Funio, not Gichin. The actor, Yasuake Kurata has played Japanese heavies in about a million Shaw Brahs flicks.

Austin Still (Austin, Still), Monday, 30 January 2006 03:05 (eighteen years ago) link

I would take "Funio" as just being a nickname. He's definitely supposed to be the Funakoshi, imo.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Monday, 30 January 2006 14:29 (eighteen years ago) link

Or maybe not, now that I look at credits elsewhere. Is it possible he is a composite? There was another Shotokan teacher named "Fumio." I don't know why I'm so attached to all of this, but I guess my very brief daliance with Shotokan was pretty positive.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Monday, 30 January 2006 14:39 (eighteen years ago) link

Incidentally, something I did not mention: I was primed for all of this when the Shotokan symbol was flashed at the beginning of the film.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Monday, 30 January 2006 14:56 (eighteen years ago) link

Aside from the obvious Enter the Dragon, The Chinese Connection is a very good Bruce Lee movie.

"They've just never felt the sting of Japanese fists!"

Abbadavid Berman (Hurting), Monday, 30 January 2006 15:18 (eighteen years ago) link

Is there any footage available of Bruce Lee doing cha cha cha?

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Monday, 30 January 2006 17:55 (eighteen years ago) link

I keep thinking the title says "Recommend Martial Arts Moves"

Abbadavid Berman (Hurting), Monday, 30 January 2006 23:26 (eighteen years ago) link

That would be even awesomer.

Laurel (Laurel), Monday, 30 January 2006 23:28 (eighteen years ago) link

Burning Paradise was great, was surprised to hear it was such a huge flop. Sleeve notes guess it was just too dark and violent (arguably a horror film) for such a big film even with the jokes quite jarringly lightening the tone. Might watch the commentary someday to find out more about this. I knew this was an all-timer for some HK action fans and I think it's fair to call it a must see if you like this kind of thing.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 5 June 2023 17:17 (one year ago) link

Duly noted! Was curious when VS put it out, but I have this in-built cynicism for post-'95 HK. Should give it a chance and some of the other titles they've put out over the last year.

Nhex, Monday, 5 June 2023 17:46 (one year ago) link

It was 1994. I think it was mainland actors, I wonder if it was harder for them to make such an extreme film?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 5 June 2023 20:51 (one year ago) link

I saw a poster advertising this outside a Korean restaurant the other day, doesn't often happen that you get this kind of grassroots advertising for Korean cinema, at least not in London.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 8 June 2023 15:59 (one year ago) link

it's playing at one of the theatres near me and it looks delicious

the manwich horror (Neanderthal), Thursday, 8 June 2023 17:11 (one year ago) link

Oh I CANNOT wait for this to leave the festival circuit so I can see it.

My own favorite from this madness:

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 8 June 2023 23:30 (one year ago) link

yeahhh i don't get this subject

Nhex, Thursday, 8 June 2023 23:39 (one year ago) link

Not a movie, but season 3 of the TV show Warrior is coming at the end of the month and if you've never seen it, you should catch up now, because it rules.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 9 June 2023 01:19 (one year ago) link

yeahhh i don't get this subject

I dunno, it's a decent in for an analysis of the many fly by night independent operators out of Hong Kong in the 70's, you can tie in the beginning of Jackie Chan's career, etc. Bruce Li has actually made some pretty great films, I watched The Iron Dragon Strikes Back and that's a crazy downbeat 70's film with so much footage of Hong Kong previous to its shiny 80's iteration, really worth watching.

The Severin brucesploitation box set that'll come with it tho is, as far as I've heard, one to avoid. Very boring selection of films apparently.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 9 June 2023 09:52 (one year ago) link

No Way Out was ok. Didn't go as balls out as I wanted, leaned more into comedy. Really no martial arts though, mostly conventional boxing/fighting techniques. Movie is devoid of guns, though, like MA films

the manwich horror (Neanderthal), Friday, 9 June 2023 17:18 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

I had heard Mr Vampire 2 is awful and it mostly is despite all the talent involved. Not without merit but mostly bad.

Man, we have different criteria for what we want out of our hopping vampire comedies. This has so much amazing slapstick acrobatics! That insane prolonged fight with everyone affected by the slowing serum. An amazing DO YOU SEE scene about Hong Kong bureaucracy featuring the police, the morgue and a museum squabbling over who gets to keep the vampire corpses. Small kids mistaking a hopping vampire kid for a refugee and befriending him, complete with montage set to a musical number about how great it is to have a vampire friend! Vamps hopping in rhythm over police vehicles! Great film, pure cinema.

Mr Vampire III is slightly less stellar (also, zero vampires), but worth it if you like your gory Boxer's Omen type stuff.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 29 June 2023 10:23 (eleven months ago) link

Tsui Hark’s The Blade (1995) is one of the most transcendent pieces of filmic art that I have ever seen. Very fortunate to have experienced it in 35mm some years ago

beamish13, Thursday, 29 June 2023 15:06 (eleven months ago) link

i am definitely a fan of brucesploitation films... yes they can be terrible (the less said about _bruce lee vs. gay power_ the better), but as noted above, Ho Chung-tao, aka Bruce Li, was worth watching in his own right - _The Chinese Stuntman_, for which he was billed under his own name, is excellent. I've also heard good things about _Bruce Lee: The Man, The Myth_, but I haven't seen it yet. and ok, it's maybe not great cinema, but some of the stranger brucesploitation films are...

Other films used his death as a plot element such as The Clones of Bruce Lee (where clones of Bruce Lee portrayed by some of the above actors are created by scientists) or The Dragon Lives Again (where Bruce Lee fights fictional characters such as James Bond, Clint Eastwood and Dracula in Hell and finds allies amongst others such as Popeye and Kwai Chang Caine).

it was interesting reading up on this to learn that brucesploitation started while bruce was still alive... it makes sense, just like the genre of "what if the nazis won world war ii" started, uh, during world war ii. a filipino man named Ramon Zamora was apparently the first bruce lee clone!

Kate (rushomancy), Thursday, 29 June 2023 19:56 (eleven months ago) link

oh, also, the director of that brucesploitation film, david "WRONG DUDE" gregory seems like an interesting fellow:

David Gregory is one of the international DVD industry's most in-demand Bonus Features providers. He has produced and directed more than 130 "making of" documentaries on films as diverse as Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Wicker Man, The Deer Hunter, Faster Pussycat, Don't Look Now, Heathers and Repulsion. As co-founder of the UK/US DVD labels Blue Underground and Severin, he has produced many of the industry's most widely acclaimed discs and collections, including The Final Countdown, The Alan Clarke Collection and The Mondo Cane Collection, which includes his feature-length documentary The Godfathers of Mondo.

Kate (rushomancy), Thursday, 29 June 2023 20:06 (eleven months ago) link

Mr Vampire III is slightly less stellar (also, zero vampires), but worth it if you like your gory Boxer's Omen type stuff.

― Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 29 June 2023 11:23 (two days ago)

I liked this more, more of an action film and the shrieking warrior woman was good. Occasionally she reminded me of Chronicles Of The Ghost Cat/Haunted Castle, the Japanese film.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 1 July 2023 14:07 (eleven months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Magic Cop is pretty good. Very elaborate magic battle scenes, if you have some fatigue of those from 80s films, don't worry, this is a real step up. Michiko Nishikawa is very cool in it.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 31 July 2023 20:04 (ten months ago) link

one month passes...

Any opinions on Blue Jean Monster and Last Hero In China? I haven't heard of them.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 22 September 2023 20:38 (eight months ago) link

Just watched She Shoots Straight and its a shame Joyce Godenzi didn't make more films like this. She's a Jehovah's witness and said she regrets some of her films, partly because some featured "demonism", don't know what that means.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 24 September 2023 18:52 (eight months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Finished the Mr Vampire set (which features 2-4 and a spinoff, the series is actually bigger than this), I think the 3rd and 4th film's were the better ones but I didn't love any of them. But the 4th was quite creative with the slapstick. The last film was probably the worst and seeing a little bat's face wincing while being squeezed hard was more unpleasant for me than the snake and chicken deaths I've seen in hk films.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 23 October 2023 21:43 (seven months ago) link

Difficult to pin down what counts as the series, since there's no continuity and personnel also varies. There's a by all accounts terrible Mr.Vampire 1992, and the last one in the set wasn't released as a Mr.Vampire film originally.

Important Cinema Club did an episode on these recently and they mentioned there's some dour hopping vampire film from the 00's (I think?) that's not any good but does have the novelty factor of having a lot of the iconic actors from the series play down on their luck slobs in an apartment complex.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 24 October 2023 09:25 (seven months ago) link

are these martial arts films? I suppose. I've sung 2's praises before but the long scene where everyone pretends to be in slow motion is Buster Keaton-worthy.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 24 October 2023 09:26 (seven months ago) link

they mentioned there's some dour hopping vampire film from the 00's (I think?) that's not any good but does have the novelty factor of having a lot of the iconic actors from the series play down on their luck slobs in an apartment complex.

― Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 24 October 2023 10:25 (yesterday)

That's Rigor Mortis and its generally considered good, I enjoyed it, a bit cgi heavy but not boring, worth a try for sure. The guy with the glasses from Mr Vampire 1 and 4 is in it and he hadn't been in movies since the early 90s. Kara Wai is good in it too.

I expected that the Mr Vampire box set would have one of the two The Gods Must Be Crazy crossovers, but neither is there. One of the stranger crossovers I've heard of, The Gods Must Be Crazy series was a big hit in Hong Kong, I tried the first film and I didn't get far, I found it extremely patronizing.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 25 October 2023 20:02 (seven months ago) link

Guy with the glasses is Anthony Chan Yau, he directed a film called My Americanized Wife, I've always found HK films quite funny when they portray Chinese people from America or England.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 25 October 2023 20:11 (seven months ago) link

lol amazed both by the fact you thought they'd include a The Gods Must Be Crazy crossover and your generous assesment of it as "extremely patronizing"; just a total garbage franchise, omnipresent for a few years in my childhood.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 25 October 2023 21:39 (seven months ago) link

I thought that was the 4th and 5th film in the series. I watched like 20mins of The Gods Must Be Crazy before I turned it off. That might be the earliest I've abandoned a film that I sought out (on streaming admittedly). I had never heard of it until I read an hk horror film guide.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 25 October 2023 21:53 (seven months ago) link

I confused TGMBC with the George Burns "Oh, God" movies and was very confused for five minutes

real warm grandpa (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 25 October 2023 22:19 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

i gotta say i really loved watching this essay... anybody have any recommendations along these lines?

Kate (rushomancy), Thursday, 16 November 2023 16:15 (six months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Inspector Wears Skirts was kind of okay but the poetry line "why do my hairy legs always walk towards you?" was inspired. Kara Wai looks glorious with that hair.

I didn't even finish Beach Of The War Gods but was amused how the trailer boasts about having an all-male cast. I thought the novelty value of male action heroes would have worn off by the early 70s.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 12 December 2023 19:55 (six months ago) link

Beach Of The War Gods rules. Hilariously ends with our intrepid heroes doing a war crime.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 14 December 2023 10:55 (six months ago) link

Can any of the heads or here help me out?
Years ago (mid 90s?) I saw a kung fu flick (a hisorical setting) where the hero had a secret technique, but every time he used it, he got more feminine... it was mostly played for laughs, and by the end of the film his part was played by a woman...
Can't remember the name... any ideas?

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Thursday, 14 December 2023 11:24 (six months ago) link

at first i thought it was Clan of the White Lotus, but Gordon Liu's character was never played by a female at the end

Formica Jordan (Neanderthal), Thursday, 14 December 2023 15:26 (six months ago) link

...that's not it, but that's a good one..

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Thursday, 14 December 2023 15:35 (six months ago) link

ppl on a different forum suggest Swordsman II?

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 14 December 2023 15:49 (six months ago) link

....don't think that's it either... I think I would've remembered if it had Jet Li in it... looks like a good one though...

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Friday, 15 December 2023 03:28 (six months ago) link

is it this one?

Honnest Brish Face (Noodle Vague), Friday, 15 December 2023 07:25 (six months ago) link

"In this film, Polly’s character Shih Pu Chuan sets out to recover 10 books stolen from the Shaolin Temple, each volume teaching one kung fu technique, and each technique has been mastered by the respective theif of that volume. But, if you only learn one of the kung fu skills, your body soon begins to modify itself based on that kung fu skill. Thus, the guy who learns to extend his arms has permanent long arms. The guy who stretched his legs looks like he’s walking around on stilts. The woman who stole the Positive Kung Fu book turns into a man, and the guy who stole the Negative Kung Fu book turns into a woman."

Honnest Brish Face (Noodle Vague), Friday, 15 December 2023 07:26 (six months ago) link

Not it, but that sounds worth a watch...

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Friday, 15 December 2023 10:22 (six months ago) link

Let's keep them coming folks, we're mapping out a subgenre here!

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 15 December 2023 10:24 (six months ago) link

...yeah, I had no idea there'd be this many (or any) near misses...

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Friday, 15 December 2023 11:30 (six months ago) link

can't believe that wasn't it tbh i thought i'd nailed it, yes this is obv a genre

Honnest Brish Face (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 16 December 2023 09:43 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

....anyone seen this "Fist of the Condor" flick from Chile?

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Sunday, 7 January 2024 12:19 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Korean Film Council just dropped this:

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 31 January 2024 11:46 (four months ago) link

ah well. it's Returned a Single-legged Man: 2, Korean martial arts cinema from the 70's.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 31 January 2024 11:47 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

So Close would have been a lot better if it wasn't striving to be so modern, it's a very post-Matrix film and (songs aside) the soundtrack is completely generic action movie stuff. Still kind of liked it, I had never seen Karen Mok in anything before, she is in an action trio with Shu Qi and Zhao Wei.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 11 March 2024 21:56 (three months ago) link

I don't tend to enjoy what little I sample of chinese pop stars but has anyone here heard much Karen Mok? She seems to be insanely popular, one of her concerts set a world record that I don't understand.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 11 March 2024 23:42 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

Shawscope Vol.3 announced.

Maresn3st, Friday, 7 June 2024 16:02 (one week ago) link

Also Arrow are doing Vol.2 for £60 as a tie in.

Maresn3st, Friday, 7 June 2024 16:04 (one week ago) link

Vol 3 might be the best yet. Or at least most varied.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 7 June 2024 16:22 (one week ago) link

Tsui Hark’s The Blade (1995) is a masterpiece. Seeing it in a theatre was an absolutely transcendental experience

beamish13, Friday, 7 June 2024 17:56 (one week ago) link

I'm kind of filled up on these now, can't see myself getting another boxed set like this. I did kind of want to see Intimate Confessions and (on the Shout Factory set) Bells Of Death.

Still haven't seen Miracle Fighters even though I've wanted that a long time. Happy to see Black Cat 2 and Sex & Zen getting released.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 9 June 2024 03:47 (six days ago) link

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