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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen 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
Dirty Ho (NOT WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE!)
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
Knockabout
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 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh yeah.

ONG BAK!

Followup coming soon!

TOM YUM GOONG!

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


http://www.tomyumgoongmovie.com/

TRAILER ON SITE!

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

The Sword! my favourite hk movie ever :D

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

WING CHUN

for the bean curd scene alone

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

what Austin Still wrote

plus:
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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen years ago) link

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

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

STORY OF RICKY

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

TOM YUM GOONG!

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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen years ago) link

Is noodle soup really important in the flick?

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

God of Cookery, for the Shaolin monastery sequences.

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

STORY OF RICKY=Rikko O

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

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

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

god of gamblers 1 and 2

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

KUNG. FU. HUSTLE!

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

http://www.risingsunproductions.net/catalog/images/RS-80.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That would be even awesomer.

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

I'll take note but I'm starting to come to terms with the idea that I have more things I want to investigate than I have time for and I try to watch one film per week to cope with all my other interests. I've also realized that the main purpose of human interaction is to create cool things and recommend them to each other and get out of each other's way as soon as possible.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 12 November 2020 19:07 (eight months ago) link

fair enough... i tend to ingest too many movies or video games or comic books and I get that it's impossible to maintain all those hobbies all the time

Nhex, Thursday, 12 November 2020 19:11 (eight months ago) link

I've nearly came to the end of my current disc pile so I will be ordering another pile soon and it will mostly be new releases because there is a lot of good stuff coming out.

Is New Fists Of Fury and Shaolin Wooden Men worthwhile? Because I feel like I could have skipped some of the other early Jackie Chan films.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 12 November 2020 19:25 (eight months ago) link

I've been wondering if there's a BDSM themed martial arts film. Seems unlikely because so many martial arts actors have a really clean cut image. People sometimes joke that Jackie Chan likes getting beaten and humiliated in his films more than other action heroes.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 12 November 2020 20:40 (eight months ago) link

Dragon/Wuxia - Donnie Yen fights Kara Wai and Jimmy Wang Yu. There's a lot of good stuff in this and I liked the detective character but there's a bit of special effects overkill. Why didn't the detective recieve any blowback from anyone for injuring Donnie's shoulder?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 16 November 2020 19:49 (eight months ago) link

isn't that basically the plot of A HIstory of Violence? I saw that in the theater

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Monday, 16 November 2020 19:54 (eight months ago) link

Yeah, that movie surprised me, better than I expected. Did love those appearances by the old heads.

Nhex, Monday, 16 November 2020 20:23 (eight months ago) link

A lot of it was just like A History Of Violence but there's a One Armed Swordsman callback which is also maybe important or maybe just thrown in there. I don't recall there being a detective with a large part in A History Of Violence.

In the extras Donnie said the cows were literally people wearing dead cows from the butcher.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 16 November 2020 20:34 (eight months ago) link

I keep having to remind myself just how long Donnie Yen has been in the game (since at least 1984), his first roles were starring roles in Yuen Woo Ping films but I haven't seen any of his 80s films. Similarly had to remind myself that Jet Li is old but I have seen Shaolin Temple from 1982.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 19:18 (eight months ago) link

Fearless Hyena - Jackie Chan's first directed film and I didnt really dig it much. The fighting is fine/good but almost everything about it seems like worn out tropes.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 24 November 2020 00:37 (eight months ago) link

Young Master and Lucky Stars box set (3 films) announced.

I think I've seen two Lucky Stars films but I've never been sure what it was really about.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Stars

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 26 November 2020 20:19 (eight months ago) link

I've only seen My Lucky Stars, but the sexual politics, esp. the excruciatingly extended gang rape "comedy" bit, were completely ruinous imo, no way to enjoy the action after striking such a deeply sour note. And from what I've read the sequel goes back to the exact same well

rob, Thursday, 26 November 2020 21:00 (eight months ago) link

I'm sure I've at least seen the third one and a lot of it was the gang of guys perving over Rosamund Kwan and it was uncomfortable.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 26 November 2020 21:09 (eight months ago) link

It's weird, on forums I go to concerned with models/actresses I see tv/films clips from all over the world with the exact same sense of humor as 70s british comedy (Carry On, Window Cleaner, etc), 70s italian sex comedies and Lucky Stars.
Russia, Nigeria and Thailand are still making comedy EXACTLY the same but Hong Kong sex comedies seem to have moved on a bit at least.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 26 November 2020 21:17 (eight months ago) link

tbh I probably could have shrugged off more subtle examples of mid-80s sexism or even misogyny, but the bit just felt like it went on *forever*, making you feel more and more bummed and complicit in it as it dragged on

rob, Thursday, 26 November 2020 22:10 (eight months ago) link

It was similarly a series of scenes in the third film that escalated. And I bloody hate coy cheekiness.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 26 November 2020 22:22 (eight months ago) link

three months pass...

Time And Tide and One Armed Boxer coming from Eureka

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 26 February 2021 18:20 (five months ago) link

Yup, preordered those. I have very fond memories of Time and Tide, someone on the Criterion forums said the first hour is almost like a Wong Kar Wai film.

Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 27 February 2021 14:52 (five months ago) link

Possibly not the greatest showcase of martial arts, though certainly an action movie.

Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 27 February 2021 14:52 (five months ago) link

One of Hark's American films with Van Damme and Rodman came out too, is it possibly worth a look? Right now I don't fancy it.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 27 February 2021 20:25 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

The Master (Tsui Hark, Jet Li, Yuen Wah) is pretty good. It's about chinese and mexican immigrants in america, lots of language barrier/culture clash comedy. The fall off the skyscraper at the end is pretty spectacular.
Bonus interviews include Yuen Wah and John Kreng talking about near death experiences (I still want to know how many people have died making HK action films, everyone seems to nearly die).
Crystal Kwok became a director but still only has one film but it sounded interesting, she is chinese american, exactly what she plays in The Master.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 14 March 2021 21:29 (four months ago) link

Encounters Of The Spooky Kind coming on bluray!

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 26 March 2021 18:26 (four months ago) link

good news to hear, i may actually pick it up this time

Nhex, Saturday, 27 March 2021 00:36 (four months ago) link

You just got a multiregion player?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 27 March 2021 18:28 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

If you haven't seen this yet please do
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LISgv3LcenQ

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 22 April 2021 19:47 (three months ago) link

Maybe if it comes to streaming...

Nhex, Friday, 23 April 2021 14:39 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

Just finished the Lucky Stars trilogy set. As far as I could tell it was always about a group of small time criminals who work with the police. They all act like sex criminals too, there's a scene in the second film which is meant to be a joke but looks like a scene from Repulsion. Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao are secondary characters and work in some stunts, some of them really amazing (car jumping scene is preposterous). The extended version of the third film included a ton of stuff I didn't remember. Sex crime comedy aside, they're all good and I think the second film might be the best of them. Third film has Michelle Yeoh's first fight scene.

Richard Ng interview was interesting. Acted in the UK before any hong kong credits and even went back and made appearances in The Bill, Red Dwarf and River City (!!!). He said that Jackie Chan moved away from comedy for a time because Golden Harvest told him the japanese audience didn't get the comedy. John Sham (guy with glasses and wild hair) was in real life just like the protester he plays in the first film and he got on blacklists for his activism.

Richard Norton talked a lot about the rock bands he had been a bodyguard for and what exercises he taught them. I just looked up his credits and didn't know he was one of the Imperators in Fury Road.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 24 May 2021 18:24 (two months ago) link

Kinda tempted to watch commentaries, I like the trivia a bit too much

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 24 May 2021 18:25 (two months ago) link

Young Master - I really like the long fight at the end, somebody in bonus features said this and Drunken Master 2 had the longest fights he knew of (I think he said about 18 minutes), I'd like to see someone try for longer. In this new release there are 3 versions of the film (but yet another exists), Jackie Chan originally wanted to release his 3 hour version of it and I'm really glad he didn't because it's a bit long as it is, so there was a lot of footage to make different versions from.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 7 June 2021 18:02 (one month ago) link

One Armed Boxer - Had a blast with this! Just a lot of pulpy comic book energy to it - the pan-Asian league of super villains, the silly special effects, the funky soundtrack featuring a repeated outright lifting of "Theme From Shaft". The camerawork is unusually dynamic for its time, and director/star Jimmy Wang Yu is invested in delivering the goods; the majority of the film is comprised of fights, and the recovery is dealt with not even through a montage but just by way of some still photographs. I understand the reservations concerning ppl who watch Asian films for their "zaniness", but sometimes awesome madness is awesome madness no matter where it comes from.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 17 June 2021 14:05 (one month ago) link

Haven't got that one yet but there's a whole slew of new stuff coming from 88Films, including Shaw films I've never heard of (Flag Of Iron, Disciples Of Shaolin) and some branching out in genres (Stephen Chow's Forbidden City Cop) and Chinese Boxer, Story Of Ricky and Robotrix. I've never been interested in Erotic Ghost Story but I've seen people insist recently that its nutty and genuinely good in parts, so I might.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 17 June 2021 18:21 (one month ago) link

are there any steven chow movies on a par with king fu hustle in terms of mass appeal?

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 17 June 2021 18:37 (one month ago) link

Is Shaolin Soccer too obvious?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 17 June 2021 18:40 (one month ago) link

I thought he directed all his comedies but quite a bunch of them aren't

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 17 June 2021 18:44 (one month ago) link

Shaolin Soccer is my fav. it starts smaller and then ramps up the absurdity more and more throughout until the ridiculous end, whereas KFH kinda of starts at 11 and then goes until the needle is off the page (not a knock - that's a feature not a bug)

cancel culture club (Neanderthal), Thursday, 17 June 2021 21:09 (one month ago) link

Always enjoyed the pants on the face bit, seems like a parody of the humiliation heroes endure in martial arts films before they bounce back

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 17 June 2021 21:18 (one month ago) link

Arrow just announced they're doing Shaw Brothers films and Eureka annunced Duel To The Death.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 19 June 2021 12:15 (one month ago) link

Of all these new blurays, Bride With The White Hair has the most new bonus features, hours of interviews. A lot of emphasis on Ronny Yu trying to make an epic on low budget with international appeal, oddly enough the sex/nudity was considered very daring at the time for star actors. It was the first dolby HK film and he had to fight to get HK cinemas to adapt to this and he got a superstar costume designer.

Lots of sleeve notes about Brigitte Lin, her early romance films pretty much unknown overseas but a big part of her reputation was built on them. Retired at 40 and has no interest in returning. Sad.

I've never seen any of the Swordsman trilogy but the notes got me excited for them. Please box set please.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 21 June 2021 23:11 (one month ago) link

Also didn't know Ronny Yu directed The 51st State

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 21 June 2021 23:12 (one month ago) link

Lots of sleeve notes about Brigitte Lin, her early romance films pretty much unknown overseas but a big part of her reputation was built on them. Retired at 40 and has no interest in returning. Sad.

Nah man, good for her! Not like the careers of any other modern HK stars produced their best work after that age.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 09:51 (one month ago) link

She did have the philosophy of quitting while she was on top. Maggie Cheung said she only acts when something attractive comes along. But it's been said that HK actresses tend to retire when they get married. Rosamund Kwan and Joey Wong retired in the 00s.

I've heard this was true of korean actresses too (anyone know???). Lee Yeong-ae stopped acting after Lady Vengeance but she came back, somebody said she retired but maybe it was just a break for her children?

When it's tied to marriage and probably looks, hard to feel okay about it. Didn't silent actresses retire early too? Mary Pickford said she didn't want to spoil her public image.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 12:09 (one month ago) link

I know Bong Joon-ho made Mother as a vehicle for Kim Hye-ja, who plays a lot of maternal roles in South Korean film and TV, so there is a space in that country for older female actors, though the transition from starlet/idol to those roles I'm sure is tricky (in the West too!).

If Brigitte Lin retired due to ageism/getting married I agree that's sad but I guess I've always seen the story spun as "she retired at the height of her fame and hasn't returned despite numerous requests", so unless there's some other info I'm sticking with that.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 12:23 (one month ago) link

In the sleeve notes for Bride With White Hair she said she got that advice early on and seemed to always keep it in mind. She said she barely slept in the 70s because she was always filming, I guess that probably contributed.

I knew Moon Lee became a dancer but some guy claiming to be her ex-husband has a super creepy blog about her.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 13:00 (one month ago) link

She did the classic starlet "marry a billionaire and retire forever" move, but it actually worked out for her, unlike Michelle Yeoh or Scarlet Johansson.

Nhex, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 13:03 (one month ago) link

Yeoh and Johansson never meant to retire did they?

Just on reading about Lin today there has been rumors for years about she and her husband cheating on each other and possibly divorcing but also denying this.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 13:17 (one month ago) link

Scarlet probably didn't mean to retire... I thought Yeoh did though

Nhex, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 13:39 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

so has anybody checked out the, uh....(can't believe it's called this)....Hi-YAH! channel on Amazon?

i only signed up to watch Flash Point for free but it's 2.99 a month. haven't seen what else is on there yet.

making splashes at Dan Flashes (Neanderthal), Thursday, 22 July 2021 02:51 (one week ago) link

So was The Karateeee CHOP! Channel already taken or

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Thursday, 22 July 2021 02:55 (one week ago) link

wtf is with the audio quality on this, everybody's speaking voice sounds like John Wetton on a King Crimson album

making splashes at Dan Flashes (Neanderthal), Thursday, 22 July 2021 03:04 (one week ago) link

reverb all over the place

making splashes at Dan Flashes (Neanderthal), Thursday, 22 July 2021 03:04 (one week ago) link


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