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    Sorry Hei: I just gave you an even better reputation. But keep flipping that desk with the monkey kung fu... I like posts that make me laugh, offer some great info / reviews or make me think. Folks are wonderful here. Numbers mean nothing to me (well, not until I start practicing Taoist magic anyway.) and right on with the positivity vibes...
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    Miss Piggy's fight style might be Japanese but those shoes are totally Peking Opera.
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    A little longer than a meme but funny as hell....you may have kung fu but at the end of the day don't mess with a black woman!!
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    I wanted to start a new topic on events that took place or was rumored to have happened in Martial Arts cinema during the past and present.Bear in mind that what is mentioned can be found on the internet from interviews or from actual books/magazines,If one is willing to do the research.If I have the source available on hand I will post it.I encourage others to join in even if it's something some of us already know because all that does is give credence to what was mentioned. Let me begin by posting one of my favorite stories that had me laughing out loud because it was definitely true.This particular tale took place during the filming of The movie milestone,Wheels on Meals aka Spartan X (1984) Directed and Choreographed by "The Fatty Dragon" Himself Sammo Hung.It happened during the shooting of what Sammo 'til this day says "it's his best fight he ever filmed" between the daredevil supremo Jacky Chan vs Erstwhile Kickboxing Champ known the world over...Benny "The Jet" Urquidez.(To all you Jet Li fans,Benny had that name years before he stole it!) Anyways,During the shoot Benny roughed Jacky up a little bit(I don't think it was intended)And Jacky felt that it was deliberate and felt like he should save face and challenged Benny to a real match.Benny undaunted merely said:"Sure thing.Better make sure you train first!" Big Brother Sammo was within earshot when this was said and privately took Jacky aside and showed him footage from Benny's heyday when he reigned supreme on the Kickboxing circuit and had a notorious "Open door challenge" to anybody 24/7 After seeing what Benny was capable of,and probably listening to some good advice from Sammo,Jacky went back and rescinded his challenge to Benny.This just goes to show you that as physically talented as Jacky was( and in his prime I might add) He realized his folly and knew that he'd get creamed by someone of Benny's pedigree.Peking Opera training does not qualify as formal combat martial art training and neither does sport wushu.But they have the excellent foundation to learn it and gives practitioners wicked timing and reflexes as well as weapons proficiency which is why we have some of the onscreen legends that we do today. Jacky or Jet Li fans might argue.."But they would've given him a good fight though"..In response Let me quote Bruce Lee from Enter the Dragon:"Don't waste yourself "?
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    I made this one ages back, and use it often when chatting with friends on Facebook.
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    Thanks for the explanations, Abbot.
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    Amelie - This French art-house romantic comedy was really fun, and weird, and cool. I can't decide if Audrey Tautou is cute as a button or the gorgeous girl of my dreams, I love movies that can step outside of the box and make it work. Bones Brigade - An Autobiography - a look at Stacy Peralta's all-star skate team from the 80's, Tony Hawk being the most famous, shows the transition from swimming pools to vert and the beginning of street skating, great companion piece with Dogtown and Z-Boys. All This Mayhem - The skating rise and fall of Australian brothers Ben and Tas Pappas, in a totally opposite doc than Bones Brigade, it shows the commercialism of skateboarding with the x-games and showcases the battles the brothers had with Tony Hawk on and off the ramp(Hawk being portrayed as a dick), but with the brother's partying lifestyles and brashness, they end up being their own worse enemy. Splinters - 30 years ago an Australian pilot spots some waves off the coast of Papua New Guinea, he makes his way to a remote village, catches some waves and leaves his surf board with the locals, 30 years and many donated boards later the surrounding villages are having a surf competition with the winners getting a trip to Australia, but old tribal rivalries don't die easy. This doc had one line that really stood out to me, when a half Brit/Papuan who is organizing the event is talking to a group of surfers he tells them - "then you can be civilized, like me".
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    @Secret Executioner @Hei Meigui @ShawAngela The 'Reputation' of each member is based solely on the amount of 'Likes' you receive on post. Hei, your reputation level is higher than @KUNG FU BOB and I, because you've been posting more and I take it, your posts are viewed as added value to the forum, so people are liking your posts. The whole 'Like This' feature only started with this new version of the forum, so it doesn't matter that Bob has more posts than you. The more someone posts, or the more valuable your posts are viewed by other members, means you have a greater chance to receiving more 'Likes' than someone who doesn't posts as often. This is not a popularity contest, and shouldn't be thought of in that way. It's just a way for people to show appreciation for a post you may do, but who don't really have the time or have anything to say regarding your posts. You can look at it in many different ways, clicking the 'Like This' button could be like saying "Thank You", "I Agree", "Thumbs Up", etc. We did also have the choice of putting a 'Thumbs Down' button, but Bob and I wanted to keep things positive on the forum, and didn't want anyone 'Disliking' another members post. If anyone DOES NOT like a certain feature on the forum, PLEASE speak up. If enough members step forward and let us know they do not like something, we will consider disabling it, or doing what we can to make it better. KUNG FU FANDOM is a community forum. By all of us working together, we can make it the one and only place that any fan of the martial arts film genre will ever need to visit and talk among your peers, in peace.
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    I am back and would like to thank all those heroes who made this transformation a reality.Respect to you guys; I salute you!!!!!!!!
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    Watched this over the weekend and really enjoyed it! I saw both the first Lemon Popsicle and its American remake, which to this day, still have the most messed up ending ever. I always had a love for Cannon Films. I love how some of the executives from Cannon are now responsible for bringing us the awesome works of Isaac Florentine and Scott Adkins as they founded Nu Image.
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    Kinjite (USA, 1989) [DVD] - 3/5 An oddly disjointed Bronson film takes about 45 minutes to turn the plot gear on. Bronson is a cop in bad terms with a local pimp selling underage girls. Same time in Tokyo a pervert businessman is learning the art of groping women in public transport. The stories finally intertwine when the Japanese man moves to L.A., gropes Bronson's daughter, and a bit later has his own daughter kidnapped by the pimp and Bronson is assigned on the case. Though openly and amusingly racist, and not only against the Japanese, the films portrayal of certain aspects of Japanese society is actually far more accurate than most people think. Indeed, foreign audiences are more likely to find those scenes racist than Japanese audiences who witness similar behaviour in everyday life. It's an entertaining, semi-sleazy film that earns no points for intelligence, but one really feels more effort should've been put into the screenplay. The funny thing is, as I was watching the subway and hostess club scenes I was thinking no one in Japan would find this racist! Well, maybe they would, because this is an American film and people are sensitive how foreigners portray them, but everyone in Japan knows this stuff happens in real life all the time. And the same stuff is being portrayed in much sleazier way in Japanese movies all the time. Even Oscar winner Yojiro Takita got his start helming the hugely popular Groper Train comedies... Groping in trains is a huge problem in Japan even today. I don't know a single girl here who hasn't been groped at least once (not that I've asked everyone, but...). And no, they don't usually do anything radical to try to stop the molester because that would cause a scene in which they would lose their own face. In Tokyo there are some train routes that high schools officially recommend their female students to avoid because of the groping problem. And there are women-only cars on all major lines in the morning trains for the same reason. Groping hostesses is indeed more or less a part of Japanese business culture. Company employees usually go out drinking after work at least once a week, in some companies several times a week. It's an offer from superiors you can't refuse (collectivism). Drinking with business partners is common as well because in Japan business is based on personal relations and trust. You can't do business with someone you haven't spent a lot of time with and learned to know as a human (collectivism again). While deals are signed in a conference room, you could say in reality they are made in restaurants, golf courses and clubs. Sapporo, where I live, is actually famous for hostesses that allow you to touch their boobs pretty much as much as you want. I know this because many of my best friends go to those places (I don't, but I get invited all the time). Women are generally quite understanding of the situation and think it's part of the business culture. Of course they're not imagining their husbands groping someone else's boobs, but they don't expect them to be able to avoid going to those places. I've actually put quite some effort trying to change some girls' mindset about that being ok... And as for the Japanese guy reading porn manga (I think it was suggested it was child porn), that used to be very common. Even today you can walk to any comic book store in Akihabara in Tokyo and you'd see stuff that would be illegal in any Western country. You don't even need to enter, half of the time you can see it from the streets. The Japanese government is trying to clean it up a bit now, but in the 80s it would have been everywhere. Of course, that's not to say Kinjite gets away clean. It does give an incredibly dumb portrayal of Japanese people overall, and I don't even know what to think of some of the things Bronson says in the film. And of course the other bad guys in the film are... a Latino and a black guy! But the Japan set scenes, although probably written with racist intentions, and of course not addressing the majority, are actually more realistic than most foreigners probably think.
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    I hear ya on the out-of-its-time feel this film has. I knew of another movie by the same title that was from the 1960s and only the action made me think it must have been a 1996 production, cause the action is clearly not something you'd see in a movie pre-dating Bruce Lee by nearly 10 years - I have to agree it feels quite like a 1970s Wuxia much more than like something out of the 1990s (with the wire-fu action that causes anybody to leap as easily as Superman or the Hulk). Actually, I think it's this old-school feeling that made it so enjoyable to me.
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    I appreciate Lo Meng has moved into a more comedic direction (he always would overmug in the Venoms films which was part of his wonderful charm) - but that music does kind make you think WTH? Speaking of Lo (and this one is for Hei, a bit of (wee) Yee too): Some Magic Blade fighting: Shaolin Martial Arts (love Leung Kar Yan in this...) and more Leung Kar Yan from Marco Polo Blood Brothers fights (Ti, David and Chen Kuan Tai) All Men are Brothers (I am still trying to get through this and the Water Margin) King of the Golden Sword (Kwan Do wielding Lu Feng) against Kuo Chui and Chiang Sheng: Thousand Hands vs. Toad Argh, Weinsteins it's Crippled Avengers...
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    As far as I'm concerned,Fei Long is the first successful apperance of Bruce Lee in a video game.I know we have Marshal Law and his Son Forrest Law from Tekken who are excellent 3D versions of Bruce but Fei Long was the first to look so cool and similar to Bruce as well as imitate his movement and ferocity to great effect.He made his first apperance in Super Street Fighter:The New challengers and if he wasn't in the game I might not have bought it at all.Capcom honored Bruce with how Fei Long was designed.His physique,stance,battle cry,and his win poses were structured with Bruce in mind.Before that there was a character called Dragon in a fighting game called World Heroes who was a cheap knockoff of Bruce and he looked more like the imitator of Bruce called Dragon Lee.In Super street fighter,Fei Long's ending even mentions Bruce and his son Brandon Lee in subliminal reference but not by actual name.In any case,Fei Long was the prototype that set the trend for all the rest to follow in video games when it came to paying homage to Lee Jun Fan "The Little Dragon"
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    Glad Kung Fu Fandom is back! Name: The Flying Panda Location: U.S. Occupation: Artist, cartoonist, graphic design Martial Arts Style: To have no Style First KF Film: Fist of Fury Martial Arts Collection: 1,000 DVDs Favorite Kung Fu Comic: Blood and Steel Favorite Martial Arts Films: 36 Chambers of Shaolin, Fist of Fury, Way of The Dragon, Ip Man, Shaolin vs. Lama and 8 Diagram Pole Fighter Sources: YesAisa, DeepDiscountDVD, Buyoyo.com, Amazon.com, ebay, and most of the rest closed down. Watching since five years old.
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    I read it back when you shared it on Facebook, very interesting interview, and the backstory to this movie is comical at times. No surprise I guess, haha. Thanks Al. I need to see this film.
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    Marge: Homer, he prefers the company of men. Homer: Who doesn't? The New One-Armed Swordsman (1971: Chang Cheh: Hong Kong): Considering how much I like this, how little I have read about it, how few (if any) canonical lists it is on, I would consider this an underrated gem in the oeuvre of Chang Cheh. While I will have to ponder more on how I think it compares to the previous two One-Armed films from Chang Cheh (The One-Armed Swordsman, Return of the One-Armed Swordsman) I thought this was a blast and a worthy and last entry in the Shaw’s one-armed films (the character would continue elsewhere).* The production values of this is sublime with beautiful sets and one of the best directing efforts in terms of cinematography I have seen from Chang Cheh and cinematographer Kung Mu-tu (aka Yukio Miyaki). There is plenty of deep focus, beautiful composition that makes full use of the sets, foreground, dolly movements and complicated set-ups. This fits nicely in Chang Cheh’s output as it focuses on male heroes (using the Iron Triangle of David Chiang, Ti Lung and Cheh), homosocial bonding, homoerotic content, revenge, Peckinpah-ish slow-motion and lots of blood lust. The martial arts scenes come off nicely here as well. I am not always fond (or else like with Tom Cruise my opinion of him has increased over the years) of David Chiang but he comes off well here. He is more athletic than the previous Jimmy Wang Yu, though Yu does have a different type of panache that can play pathos well, though lacks the impishness that Chiang has. I do think more could have been made about Lei Li (David Chiang) improving his martial art abilities. He started off as a badass and ended as a badass with no obligatory training scenes for the one-armed-ness. Though it is interesting how both Hero Fung (Ti Lung) and Lei found out the secret to winning completely separate from each other (though Lei did have a much longer time to figure it out – he must have been contemplating it over the years.) I was a little annoyed by Fung not wanting to know Long Er-zi’s secret. His steadfastness in thinking he was not going to fight him was a bit annoying (one would think any decent martial artist would want all information as possible before going into any situation.) But I had so much fun with this film I could easily watch it again, recommend it to other fans of martial art movies (who have not seen this) and wonder why Chang Cheh is not known as well as he should be. One reason it took me so long to watch this was that it was never released here. I just happened upon a used R3 version (Deltamac from Taiwan; I had to watch this on my computer) that appears to be exactly the same as the R3 IVL version. This really should have a BD/DVD release here in the States. * Dr. Craig D. Reid had this to say in his The Ultimate Guide to Martial Arts Movies of the 1970s: “I once asked Jimmy Wong Yu how he thought these films changed over the years. He shared that One-Armed Swordsman emphasized setting up the background story; Return devoted more time to the interrelationships of the characters, and more tricks were shown via weaponry and kung fu skills; and The New One-Armed Swordsman put more emphasis on the production, with many grand scenes.” I do wish in his capsule review that he had more to say about this film, though he has interesting information about the first film.
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    http://手指拗出 Opening ( 1981 ): http://youtu.be/8yf49yxOlrA All of Billy Chong's movies are good and worth watching in my opinion including KUNG-FU ZOMBIE.If I had to choose a favorite though it would have to be Kung fu Executioners because Him and Carl Scott go off! They display their skills on full blast in that movie showcasing their hand to hand skills and weapons in ways that you've never seen before.Throw in the fact that Billy gets his best fight yet with screen tough and bonafide karate expert Chen Sing and you got an undeniable classic.Just check out this intro and see if it doesn't get you pumped....
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    Hello everybody, That's good to be back and many thanks to all of you who helped to bring back the forum.
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    Back around 2001, when the Redux came out, I was in a chat over at Zoetrope and the guy told me that Vittorio Storaro's true vision was 2.01:1 and that a 2.35:1 would never be released. It was very vexing as the trailer on the disc I had at the time was 2.35 but the movie was only 2.01. I believe the 2010 BR release was the first time the 2.35 print was used. Here's more on that from Zoetrope site regarding the Redux release: Question: Why is the aspect ratio of the Apocalypse Now Redux DVD not the 2.35:1 ratio of the cinematic release? Answer: (by Kim Aubry, Producer of Apocalypse Now Redux) In fact, the transfer of Apocalypse Now Redux (from film elements to High Definition digital videotape) was made with an aspect ratio of 2.0:1. This is consistent with the 1998 transfer of the original film Apocalypse Now done for DVD. The aspect ratio 2.0:1 was chosen by the cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro, who supervised every aspect of this film transfer. Storaro believes that for the purpose of TV transfer, it is better to crop (slightly) the extreme left/right edges of the originally photographed frame and allow for a taller picture on both conventional and 16:9 TV monitors, because the video presentation will have more vertical resolution and detail and will be more impactful. An orthodox 2.35:1 or 2.4:1 transfer would in some ways be a more accurate reflection of the framing seen in most cinemas, but the picture would be using only approximately 50% of the available scanning lines of the NTSC and PAL systems and hence have very limited vertical resolution. Storaro believes that since he himself composed these shots when the film was made and since he carefully made fine adjustments to the framing as needed in the transfer, the 2.0:1 transfer is the best possible compromise in adapting the very wide film picture to the very "square" TV. Mr Coppola and I agree with Storaro's views and accepted his decision. You are right to wonder about the discrepancy between the theatrical trailer and the feature itself. But the feature is not 1.85:1, it is 2.0:1. The transfer of the trailer was not supervised by Storaro, and was done using the conventional theatrical aspect of 2.35:1. It doesn't bother us, as this is considered a DVD "extra."
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    Currently delving into this. Just listened to the audio commentary the other night on the theatrical print in glorious 2.35:1 (finally, the original aspect ratio!) The first (and only) time I watched the Redux version, I wasn't overly impressed. Seemed the extra footage took away from Coppola's original vision by making Sheen's character more likable (or human). I will explore it again but first I want to check out the HOD docu. I had it on VHS but don't think the disc is remastered.
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    Today, we're in for another Ninja flick directed by Godfrey Ho and produced by IFD... The release: US DVD, part of Venom Mob Films' "Ultimate Ninja Collection". (Note the completely unrelated artwork showcasing a character from Ninja Kids AKA Ninja Death AKA Venom Of The Ninja) The movie: After the Black Ninjas (led by Stuart Smith) murder the leader of the Red Ninja clan and steal one of their relics (the Black Ninja Warrior), the new leader of the Red Ninjas (Bruce Baron) must recover it and avenge his clan - using the power of the Golden Ninja Warrior. Meanwhile, a Thai movie involving a village ruled by some evil guy, a buff bald stranger who seems to have motives to show up in this lost village (he is funny at points and he is a pretty good fighter) and brothers and sisters (one of them played by Sorapong Chatree) separated after the murder of their parents, which allowed the bad guys to take over. This isn't one of Godfrey Ho's finest. Some effort is put into linking the stories (seems like the Black Ninjas have links with the bad guys that rule the village, but not much is said), but it remains pretty weak. The Ninja scenes must take up 10 or so minutes, with the opening scene, a bunch of scenes showing Bruce Baron fighting Black Ninjas sent to kill him and the final duel between Bruce and Stuart. That said, Stuart Smith has some good bits essentially thanks to his overacting (like the infamous "the GOLDEN Ninja WARRIOR ?!" line), but Bruce Baron is really bland and not very fun to watch. The Thai film however seems to have been spliced in in a relative order, with the narrative flowing well and the story making sense. There's a relatively happy ending with the good guys winning, the bad guys are defeated and we find out who that buff bald guy is and why he was so eager to fight the bad guys. However, the action is fairly tamed - the fights are good (and numerous), but there's no batshit violence. I initially thought it was some Filippino or Indonesian flick (like the one used in Challenge The Ninja - which I previously review right here), but spotting Thai actor (I'd say "star", seeing in how many of those movies he appears) Sorapong Chatree in there made it clear this was a Thai movie. The copy: Full screen, only English dub. Bonus features: None.