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
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 (fifteen 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 (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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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

three weeks pass...
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

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 (seven months ago) link

Encounters Of The Spooky Kind coming on bluray!

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

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

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

You just got a multiregion player?

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

three weeks pass...

If you haven't seen this yet please do

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

Maybe if it comes to streaming...

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

Is Shaolin Soccer too obvious?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 17 June 2021 18:40 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (three months ago) link

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

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 21 June 2021 23:12 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

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

Nhex, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 13:39 (three months 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 (two months ago) link

So was The Karateeee CHOP! Channel already taken or

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

reverb all over the place

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

two weeks pass...

I was having a lot of misgivings about it but I taken the plunge on the Shawscope and Cinematic Vengeance boxed sets. I'll just try and pace myself on it and hope there's lots of shirtless men.

I do worry about how collectory this stuff is becoming. Some of the 88 Films releases seem overly fancy. A slipcase almost always seems like a waste to me, do we really need posters, cards and booklets with thick paper? Most of the time all of these images and content could have been fit into a booklet with thinner paper inside the bluray cases.
I always ask this question about book publishers doing expensive collectors editions, is all this necessary to keep these releases coming?

On the bright side, only a few years ago I was complaining about how little old martial arts films were getting released/watched and now 3 film labels are righting that situation and bringing it to a new audience.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 6 August 2021 20:45 (two months ago) link

Thank you for supporting the cause! I can't bring myself to drop that much money on 'em...

Nhex, Friday, 6 August 2021 21:05 (two months ago) link

A couple of weeks ago I was convinced I couldn't be bothered, but the promise of twisting muscles and getting used to the idea that I can spread the viewing over months or years to suit my moods, then I felt better about it. I've let some books sit for 15 years so why not let some films wait a few years?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 7 August 2021 11:39 (two months ago) link

I do worry about how collectory this stuff is becoming.

Think it's been pretty collectory from the get-go. I don't care about posters, cards, etc either - just junk that I feel a slight guilt in throwing away - but there's clearly a subset of fans that do.

Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 7 August 2021 16:56 (two months ago) link

I think a certain amount of collector bait in the packaging is wise, in the form of design uniformity. But Robotrix and Erotic Ghost Story getting their prices bumped up by this extra stuff feels like a bad sign.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 7 August 2021 17:33 (two months ago) link

Thread regulars should check out this twitter account:

Daniel_Rf, Sunday, 8 August 2021 16:18 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

so I started watching Killer Clans and was enjoying it but had to pause, and came here to search if anybody else had posted about it, and I find my post from 5 years ago when I watched it. which I completely forgot.

Duke Detain (Neanderthal), Monday, 23 August 2021 01:29 (one month ago) link

My brother sent me this chainsaw fight from Tiger On The Beat

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 2 September 2021 18:03 (one month ago) link

That was fun. Gordon Liu! (makes sense, it's a Lau Kar Leung movie)

Nhex, Thursday, 2 September 2021 19:17 (one month ago) link

Legendary Weapons Of China bluray coming. Glad I held out on this.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 2 September 2021 19:54 (one month ago) link

Saw that one years ago, love it

Duke Detain (Neanderthal), Thursday, 2 September 2021 19:55 (one month ago) link

This article by Grady Hendrix is quite a history lesson:

I'm looking forward to These Fists Break Bricks: How Kung Fu Movies Swept America and Changed the World, by Hendrix and Chris Poggiali ... 432 pages, tons of illustrations, out September 15.

Brad C., Thursday, 2 September 2021 20:25 (one month ago) link

^Great article, thanks!

JRN, Thursday, 2 September 2021 22:26 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

I didn't realize that Yuen Biao plays two of the corpses in Encounters Of The Spooky Kind.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 18:00 (one week ago) link

Duel To The Death is rad - hadn't heard much about it before so went in with low expectations but I'd rate it above a lot of more canonized efforts from the era. Lots of insanity involving special effect enhanced ninjas, but also perhaps the most convincing anti-violence wuxia I've seen? Interesting that even though it is much more charitable towards the Japanese than most HK efforts, stuff like Fist Of Fury still had Japanese actors but this is an all Hong Kong cast.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 09:53 (one week ago) link

Totally, Duel to the Death rules. A little overlooked, for sure

Nhex, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 12:50 (one week ago) link

With the more features, commentaries and writing I've went through, it's clear by at least the late 80s how much they were trying to satisfy japanese audiences and businesses and more japanese actors were coming in who wanted to be in HK films. Think of the HK adaptations of manga in the 90s too.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 17:45 (one week ago) link

I thought this revive would be about the video in the North Korea thread

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 19:25 (one week ago) link

Didn't realize that even at the height of their powers, Bruce and Jackie still used doubles for certain moves, like tricky gymnastics.

Like Young Master and Dragon Lord with Hwang In-shik, Snake In The Eagle's Shadow also has a korean villain: Hwang Jang-lee. Always loved his look in this film.

I've been racking my brain trying to think of martial arts films without heroes and I can't think of any.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 18 October 2021 18:23 (two days ago) link

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