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  2. Tough Guy (AKA Kung Fu The Headcrusher) Chen Sing is an undercover agent out to bust a smuggling ring by infiltrating and gaining their trust. Early 70's basher ticks all boxes of the genre- wild dubbing, pretty much non stop fighting, intrigue, filmed mainly in fields and quarries etc etc.. great cast reunites a few from Fists of the Double K and of course the quarry set finale has Fang Yeh brandishing his trusty whip yet again. Chen Sing, in the peak of physical condition spenda a lot of the film shirtless.
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  4. Chu Liu Hsiang

    Question about a picture

    He surely resembles Wang Hsieh. Did some googling, this is 2011 mainland series INVINCIBLE KNIGHTS ERRAND https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invincible_Knights_Errant. Alex Man is listed as Bao Zheng so that should be him with the traditional judge's headgear.
  5. Does anyone can confirm that it's Wang Hsieh who is shown behind Vincent Zhao on the following cover, please ?
  6. Killer Meteor

    Fist of Unicorn (1973)

    Isn't there a Chan Wai-Man film with footage of Bruce Lee's press conference? I think it's Chinese Godfather. I wonder if that is the origin of the doctored stills.
  7. CharlieParker

    Missing In Action: Bruce Lee's Deleted Movie Scene's

    Back in the early 1990s a couple of tape trading friends used to import tapes from S. L. Video in Singapore - these were out and-out-bootlegs: some of you may remember them with their distinctly poor quality, usually cropped and blurry (actual) photo of the film poster slapped onto the paper sleeve. Some were even signed by the Singapore censor board!?! (I still have one left, 'The Iceman Cometh' - this is the tape we got their address from initially so I've always kept it for nostalgic reasons) These are not to be confused with the far more official Long Shong VHS releases also from Taiwan. What we never really noticed at the time, unless it was really obvious, is that these prints often contained slightly longer versions of the films compared to the official release. The first one we all noticed straight away was 'Once Upon a Time in China 2' with the repeated fight scene from part 1. Some of these versions are well documented here in the 'alternate versions of HK films thread' (a thoroughly excellent resource for these kinds of things) I remember I always had mixed feelings about these tapes at the time - On the one hand, we had films way before the official release date, but they were Mandarin dubbed - and I was always used to Cantonese, for me it was always the 'original language'. I still think it is. So, they were good at first and then they'd be upgraded to the Cantonese version when they were released officially in HK - and this is precisely why myself and everyone I traded with never kept them. Quality was also very hit/miss as they were essentially films recorded on a video camera in a cinema (or possibly the world's worst telecine set up) and always a far cry from Laserdisc or an official HK VHS. My rather long-winded point is that if this practice of HK movies getting their premiere (or test-screening) was in Taiwan, where these SL tapes were recorded before popping up in Singapore, then surely that would be the best place to look. Has anyone ever checked in the Taiwan national film archives? (I guess they do have one, right?) It's a very long shot because I don't know if HK films did premiere there first in the early 1970s or if it started much later? All we know for sure is that in the late 1980s/early 1990s that was definitely the case. We also don't know if they stored prints, but it's worth bearing in mind that many countries have a policy of retaining one copy of every film that plays in that country in their archives - and have done for decades. France, UK, Italy, USA all spring to mind but I'm sure there are many others, maybe even Taiwan? Rather than speculate about whether someone does or doesn't have a copy (I'm always sceptical of these stories - seeing is believing) I think it would be more productive to get people actually doing the groundwork and gaining access to archives (not easy, but not impossible) The even longer shot would be 35mm collectors in Taiwan - but given the costs of prints, size of the reels, etc... not likely but I still wouldn't rule it out completely. 35mm collectors are often people involved in distribution/labs where the prints have passed through. If there is a longer version of 'The Big Boss' out there then my guess right now is that it's decomposing somewhere and the owners don't know what they have... or it's sitting in an archive and they also don't know what they have. (A few seconds later...) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan_Film_Institute If there's anyone reading this in Taiwan it may be worth paying them a visit in person. From experience, it makes a big difference going there rather than calling or emailing. A lot of these places are usually government funded so the staff are often civil service employees who just happen to work there - in short, they may not care enough or take you seriously enough to bother looking. It's a lot easier to just say "no" rather than go rummaging around a very large room filled with thirty or forty-year-old rusted metal cans. Very often, going there in person and establishing a direct contact is the only way to really be sure... it also shows true dedication! "The film institute also holds film preservation with other institute outside Taiwan" Which could mean that some of their prints are stored in other archives - not necessarily in Taiwan. Another avenue to explore if someone can establish contact. Given the historical importance of 'The Big Boss' I'd say it's a safe bet they do have a copy (or even multiple copies) but the big question is which one? And the good news is that these kinds of places don't sell off their prints to to the highest bidder, so there's no danger of someone snapping it up down the line. I honestly think a lot of us would just be happy knowing a longer print does indeed exist at this point. The finer details of ever being able to see it can be ironed out later (secretly runs off to book a one-way ticket to Taiwan and purchases a 100-ton cast iron safe and nuclear bunker to stash print in and live like a hermit...)
  8. Graeme Of Death

    Jackie chan blu rays for sale

    No reply to thread or PMs 🤷‍♂️
  9. Have a look, PM me if you want to acquire. 50% off!
  10. Shosetsu

    The Return (2019) new Tatsuya Nakadai samurai film

    I guess I was a bit too harsh in my disdain, Takuma. So let me make it clear that it was just my opinion, a matter of taste. For the most part, Yakuza films leave me cold but there was one exception to that rule. That is, the Yakuza character played by Ryuji Shinagawa who was the traveling companion to the ronin character in Hanayama Daikichi, played by Konoe Jushiro. The reason I enjoyed that Yakuza character was because Shinagawa played it tongue-in-cheek. For example one scene that stands out in my mind even after 30 years was when he felt unbearably itchy, so he stripped down to his loincloth. Then he spread out his clothing on the ground and then knelt down to check for fleas!
  11. This clip of Korean actor and Martial Artist Jun Chong, taken from the Junkyard fight sequence. Look's like its been digitally remastered when compared to the faded and really scratched faded print I had on VHS. One of the all time worst quality movie print I'd ever sat through. When they gonna release this under its alternative title The Stranger, minus the tagged on Bruce Lee clone pre-lude?.
  12. DragonClaws

    This is still BRUCESPLOITATION

    Anyone seen this one?, or know if it's an A/K/A for anohter movie?. I've been unable to find anything about it online..
  13. DragonClaws

    Fist of Unicorn (1973)

    Here's the original image featuring Star Unicorn Chan, taken on the set of FOU.
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  15. Killer Meteor

    Fist of Unicorn (1973)

    Well I'll be damned!
  16. CharlieParker

    Missing In Action: Bruce Lee's Deleted Movie Scene's

    The argument about torrent sites destroying the market really is nonsense. Most of the die-hard fans who use torrent sites ALSO buy the legit releases. Their number one customers are the very people using torrent sites. There are studies about this, although I don't think a study is needed when it really is so obvious. Torrent sites or file sharing is more about sharing the films which aren't available or may never be available (for various reasons) Or versions which are better than the official releases... They actually provide a valuable service and have helped drag many a film out of total obscurity. The average household (generally speaking) has a whopping 7 or 8 DVDs/Blurays and not much more. Now tell me the average kung-fu fan has the same amount? Or horror fan for that matter, etc.. Even after relocating to a different country and selling off my entire collection (2-3000 discs, legit ones) well over a decade ago, I 'still' have about 2-300 discs in a box downstairs. Every collector I've ever met and visited has a wall dedicated to their favourite types of cult movies, horror, kung-fu, etc... I mean an entire wall. I'd be hard pressed to think of anyone I met who didn't. Why we don't see more alternate versions of these films popping up out the archives is more about the materials not being available or not good enough. Most cult movie labels are usually run by people who would like to see these versions unearthed just like the rest of us - but they also have profit margins and getting a print in good shape isn't always so easy - especially anything printed on older film stock which has a nasty habit of turning magenta = anything pre 1980s if I'm not mistaken - this means restoration work and the prices I've seen floating about over the years are up and down like a yo-yo. Some charge a few thousand, others charge tens of thousands. It costs somewhere in the region of 10,000 - 20,000 euros to get a disc released after the mastering/rights/packaging/etc is all factored in. And then you have to contend with the archives... and most have to settle with what they're given. The bottom line - it isn't about piracy - it's about costs and availability. Mostly availability - and this is why I find it hard to believe anyone genuinely has a longer version of, say, 'The Big Boss' - if they did then they'd make a small fortune. So, unless they're filthy rich, then it makes no sense to just sit on it.
  17. jrodefeld

    John Woo's The Killer - Custom Blu-Ray

    I'm also working on Peking Opera Blues. It's not done yet, but here's a shot of the main menu: Not long ago I did an updated version of Police Story. The Eureka and Criterion releases are good, but I really wanted to see if I could restore the Japanese Extended Version, as that is the superior cut for many people. I pulled it off and it turned out great. I used the restored version from the Eureka release for all the scenes I could, and restored the Japanese-only scenes as much as I possibly could and seamlessly blended them together. I wasn't going to update Police Story, but I was contacted by someone who works for Criterion and the conversation I had with that person got me thinking. They were working on the Criterion release at the time, and he wanted to ask my advice about a number of different things. One of the items that was discussed was whether or not there existed a different source for the Japanese Extended Version that didn't include burnt-in Japanese subtitles on the print. Apparently, there is some rule or policy at Criterion where they won't use sources that have burnt-in subs. I told him that there wasn't any source like that, to my knowledge, and the second or third generation print included on the "Extreme Edition" Blu-ray is probably the best we are likely to get. I mentioned that it was probably possible, with considerable effort, to digitally remove the burnt-in subs in some way. Needless to say, the Criterion release never included the Japanese extended cut. This conversation sparked in my mind the idea that I could possibly produce a restored version of this cut that actually contained no burnt-in subtitles of any kind. So I'm especially happy with the fact that I was able to digitally remove all the burnt-in subs and make it look extremely seamless. It was not easy, but I got it done. https://hkrservices.lpages.co/hong-kong-rescue-collection https://hkrservices.lpages.co/hong-kong-rescue-newsletter-signup/
  18. laagi

    John Woo's The Killer - Custom Blu-Ray

    First of all welcome back. I'm glad to hear you're still pursuing this project as you did put out some great content. I'm all ears for a proper release of "The Killer". So please keep us posted and let us know when it will be ready for purchase. Any other things you're working on right now?
  19. At first glance I thought the post over at CityOnFire.Com was about the recent Chow Yu-Fat movie of the same name. The over commericialized quote wasnt the work of Bruce Lee, but writer Stirling Silliphant, which the Bruce Lee Estate has conveintly forgotten about.Thanks to the top team over at CityonFire.Com for posting this news. Please click on the link below for the full story from them. Source- https://cityonfire.com/sundance-film-festival-accounts-new-bruce-lee-documentary-be-water/ Source- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be_Water,_My_Friend
  20. BigDruDogg

    The Return (2019) new Tatsuya Nakadai samurai film

    Wow I love Nakadai, I can't believe he's still acting!! He and Mifune define Japanese Cinema for me!! Also I have to disagree as well, although his Samurai roles were superior along with Matsukata's Kin-San roles, his yakuza films were far from awful.. In particular "the wolves, hunter in the dark, and onimasa" just to name a few... All in all I'm happy he's still acting and looking forward to checking this out, I'll cross my fingers it eventually gets a western release as well
  21. Lots of the good students also moved over to BJJ. You can tell who is good as they have no problem with challenges and full contact training. There's no Wing Chun slapping "I could have killed you right there!" stuff. Plus we have modern MMA. You can figure who is good right there. That being said, self defense and fighting have many different situations. What a cop does and what a guy that doesn't want to get robbed are two different things. If you really want self protection, be aware of your surroundings and carry a gun. But most people are not in those situations.
  22. I think Bill's issue is that also, the Gracies basically stole Judo and relabelled it. Here is a another thing is that back in the early days Judo training was fairly integral training for most Karate and Tae Kwon Do stylists. Also wrestling was part of Chinese arts. As the arts became more commercial the striking based arts discarded mat work and chokes, focusing on point sparring and breaking boards, etc. Bill was a wrestling coach, and a Judo black belt, so he, Benny the Jet and Don Wilson all had some serious grappling training. But most Karate/Kung fu guys didn't.
  23. The art of Jeet Kune Do is on another level to a lot of other martial arts. The problem is the majority of Jeet Kune Do practitioners are in a word shite. They're either doing something that bears absolutely no resemblance to Bruce's art and calling JKD. Or they are lazy, out of shape wannabes that couldn't fight the tide in their bath never mind a violent encounter where someone's sole intent is to destroy them. They get by by using Bruce's name and riding on his coattails. I've been fortunate to have trained with several of Bruce's students over the years and the ones who have impressed me I could count on fewer than the fingers on one hand but those guys were something else! It also doesn't help that there is no governing body that can point people in the direction of legitimate instructors which wold also weed out the con artists and bullshitters. The estate had the chance to sort things out years ago but they failed to follow things through. They would rather make a few quid peddling Bruce Lee aftershave, lamp shades and other tat!
  24. 36tripsofdeath

    Vanguard (2019)

    Usually, when it is not an American production, they are not too concerned with how well Jackie speaks English. Jackie can speak good English when he is talking to a crowd or an individual but that's because his words are not predetermined by words on a page. On his US movies, directors will film many takes of his lines to make him sound more fluent. Especially in the case of the Rush Hour movies and The Protector. I think the English lines in his Chinese films are normally two takes at most. Jackie dubbing his voice in his movies has always been good except for with Police Story 2013. I had a very hard time understanding what Jackie was saying. Watching it in the original language was fine but I had to rely on what other characters were saying to figure out what was going on in the dubbed version.
  25. DragonClaws

    40th Anniversary of FIST OF FURY

    Hi @ShawAngela, thanks for the information and answering my query. Fluidity in motion, Chen Zhen keep's the Japanese Karate students at bay.
  26. DragonClaws

    Fist of Unicorn (1973)

    @Killer Meteor, here's another example of the faked Chan Wai-Man/Bruce Lee picture being used. Sure this poster's is from the late 1970's?. Though I'm not sure if its actually promoting Fist of Unicorn?. As as most fans know, nearly all the Bruceploitation poster's borrowed art-work/images from each other.
  27. ShawAngela

    40th Anniversary of FIST OF FURY

    I wouldn't say that she is a charming girl...but I'm not a man !! I didn't like her face at all, sorry, but once again, I must have not watched the same thing as other people here...
  28. ShawAngela

    40th Anniversary of FIST OF FURY

    Kam Shan is the lead of the Cathay movie The great highwayman, in which he plays a scholar who is actually a martial arts expert.
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