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  1. 4 points
    A few days ago I re-watched Dirty Ho. Good movie. Gordon Liu showed some nice classical technique. It seemed however that they ran out of script in the last third of the film, and just added whatever came to mind. Nonetheless, I'd give it a 7/10. BTW, image-searching "Dirty Ho" yields some very inappropriate results...
  2. 4 points
    The Red Pheonix A masked assassin is murdering members of Uncle Shen's(Wang Hsieh) newly formed martial arts school. The students (led by David Chiang) try to get to the bottom of it before anyone else loses their life. The plot is pretty straight forward, but I have to admit it does effectively leave you wondering who is behind the mask till' late in the movie. The cast is very strong (consisting of Chiang, Lo Lieh, Polly Kuan, Yueh Hua, and more) and everyone involved turns in a decent performance, although only few get a lot of screen time. There is a little bit of fantasy mixed in, the titular weapon for one, which is pretty funny. I watched a pretty nice print of this that seems to be remastered, and there were some absolutely beautiful locations, and a few nice bright costumes(like the one worn by the killer.) The fights range from average to good. Most characters don't get many fights, and there was a lot of doubling going on as well. I'll assume Jack Long was probably the one in the mask for most of the fights judging by the kind of moves the character was pulling off. If I am right, he turns in a great performance, showing off his usual precise shapes and acrobatic ability. David Chiang and Polly Kuan also put in some noteworthy fighting, but it really only excels near the end of the film. All in all it was an above average film that was a fun watch. Funny, this could have been used for the months theme, but the China vs Japan theme was shoehorned in at the very end, so I just opted not to.
  3. 2 points
    If you want to see some good empty hand from Ti Lung, Lady, then check out the Taiwanese INHERITOR OF KUNG FU and the Shaw Bros THE SAVAGE FIVE. @paimeifist - No, but thanks. It has been available on Youtube in the past. From what I've seen , it doesn't look up my alley.
  4. 2 points
    The Last Fist Of Fury (1977) (Edited Version) Korean title: The Last Of The Ching Wu Martial Arts Hall a/k/a The Ultimate Lee Director- Kim Si Hyeon Fight choreographer- Unknown Starring- Dragon Lee, Martin Chui Man-Fooi, Lee Yi Min, Ma Do Sek, Kim Wang Kuk. Plot synopsis- Evil Japanese Martial Artists kill the Sifu of a local Kung Fu school. The students don't take it lying down and decide to get even. This poorly made Korean Fist Of Fury re-make gave Dragon Lee his first ever starring role. The version I watched is the one tagged onto the end of The Real Bruce Lee produced by Serafim Karalexis. Now this an incomplete version removing some narrative scenes, condensing the film down to an hour and ten minutes. Most Fu fans will know that Dragon Lee films are often low on story and high on action. This shorter version puts an extra emphasis on the fights which is not all bad. The film itself has little going for it in terms of story so I doubt the missing scenes enhance the quality of the overall film. The director Kim Si Hyeon went on to direct Dragon Lee many times including the superior Five Pattern Dragon Claws & The Dragons Snake Fist. The film starts with our hero Shou Lung (Dragon Lee) kicking rocks just like you would kick a football. Maybe they should have re-titled this one The Last Foot Of Steel instead?. His fancy kicking skills come in useful later on in the film, when he accurately kicks a plant pot at one of the evil Japanese fighters. Lung finds out that the Ching Wu school Sifu has been murdered by the Japanese. He sets of on a path of revenge, face pulling and plenty of arm flexing. Its not long before he's saving a woman from being harassed. Manically leaping around and taking out his opponents with ease. The high energy fight scenes are the films only strong point. Even the fights have their flaws but they do have their moments too. I'm not sure who staged the action scenes for this one?. If you have seen any Dragon Lee film you pretty much know what to expect here in terms of choreography. There's some slapstick & wire work all thrown into the mix. Some of the action really cracked me up. One highlight being when Shou Lung flies through the air in a seated position whilst taking out his opponents. In another scene when Shou and another student fight for the affections of a woman, we even get treated to some animal styles. Each one takes turns in using a slightly different style, snake, crane, crab, leopard, eagle. Before they switch styles you get a close up of a poster in the dojo with a drawing of each animal. There's not too much emphasis on this though with Lee using the odd animal style move in some of the other action scenes. In the last twenty minutes all hell breaks loose as Shou goes to the Japanese school to settle the score for good. At one point he takes on the Japanese students armed with a Katana and nunchaku. Slicing and hitting anyone that's stupid enough to get close to him. This scene could have been so much better if they had a bigger budget and more extras. They clearly had a lack of financing behind this film even when compared to other cheap Martial Arts films of the era. The last fight just outstays its welcome as Shou beats his foes senseless. Anyone watching this one should look out for the extendable sword, deadly steel frisbee's and steel soled Kung Fu shoes. The Japanese are portrayed to be even more dumb than normal for this kind of movie. There's plenty of manic laughter and stomping on Chinese Kung Fu school signs. In one scene the head villain tells his men "You can use any methods, they must be put down". You don't expect the Japanese to be portrayed in a positive light but at least make them more of a threat. There's not much to say about the soundtrack because there isn't one, at least not in the print I watched. You get a few short samples of music but nothing much to talk about. They do manage to randomly insert the first few seconds of the Enter The Dragon theme during one scene. This film is not Dragon Lee at his best but fans of his work will most likely enjoy it. He sports a very bad haircut in this one too. Whoever doubles for him in some of the acrobatic scenes didn't go to the same hair stylist. If you like the work of the director and star Dragon Lee, then you might want to watch Last Fist Of Fury.
  5. 1 point
    Any one know another title to this and is it the same movie as Heroine Kan Lian Chun staring Polly Shang-Kuan? GD Y-Y
  6. 1 point
    This one seems to have gone under the radar, its a Medium Rare UK release:
  7. 1 point
    I was too lazy to start digging deeply bookshelf as items are in two rows. Hoped to find shaolin RESCUERS but instead into claw ended funimation bastard swordman. Having watched both celestial and united with chinese language I found this maybe not better but at least refreshing. Some hilarious dumbass macho dialogue...This is maybe lu chin ku`s best shaw film although battle with lady assassin is tight...Sequel falls into unnecessary comedy trap although credit to it, has some storyline connected to part 1.
  8. 1 point
    Apologies if this has been posted before. But the search function here did not pull anything up.
  9. 1 point
    This guy even has his own thread from 4 years ago -
  10. 1 point
    The Ring (the original and the best), i am not much of a horror movie fan, but The Ring is the scariest thing I have watched. I am nearly 40yrs old, and I can still vision the chick crawling out of the tv, gives me the creeps. I watched it on an old tube TV at my parents place in the dark, man I didn't sleep well well that night, wondering if the chick is creeping around in the house....lol
  11. 1 point
    I hope those slomo falls and wire-pulls, which Woo Ping is so obsessed with, will be kept minimum for the movie. The rest of the fight choreography looks lovely, including the snippets of Yen vs Tyson fight scene.
  12. 1 point
    Shanghai 13 (1984) I need no reason to rewatch this one, but I am to note when I reviewed this for the October Mutual Movie review, I completely spaced on Ricky Chien Tien-Chi making it to the final fight. That sequence has his choreography all over it. With this discovery, all I can say is major props to Ti Lung for the work he did in the mano-a-mano between his Instructor and Chien's Quick Knife; Another fantastic stretch of martial work from Ti (even if his sailor schtick remains giggle inducing.) I have a newfound respect for Ti's martial ability after The Heroes and rewatching this tonight. Oh and that's three stand out fight sequences in Shanghai 13, not just two. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised; as I didn't spot Ti in this until my third viewing (and Ricky Chien Tien-Chi only recently. I'm used to CTC with the wuxia wigs.) I love finding new details and character / story bits in rewatches. Shanghai 13 and Five Elements Ninjas are my go to, have fun kung fu movies. I can always count on these two to entertain and snap me out of a rotten mood. It's little things like this which make this film even more engaging and just such a good time. Love this film even more now.
  13. 1 point
    No I DL'd this one from ADC. Let me know if you would like to see it Doc. Lady, it may not be one I would usually recommend buying, but with you being as big a fan of David Chiang as I think you are, I'd say check it out. Either way its at least worth a watch.
  14. 1 point
    Thanks for the review, DC. You embiggen this thread with your boundless knowledge of low budget 70s Japanese vs Chinese cinema. But seriously, I appreciate the films you review here. I will check this out some day. Sooner or later I'll have school myself further on Brucesploitation and cut n' splicesploitation cinema.
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  16. 1 point
    I've been considering picking up a copy of Red Phoenix, paimeifist. Thanks for the nice review. Interesting they shoe-horned the china vs. japan element in there too.
  17. 1 point
    Glad to hear this Yoda. Also nice to see others agreeing with me on Skyfall, although we may have talked about this on the old forum, my memory fails me. Actually, you have made me want to see Spectre in the theatre now, haha.
  18. 1 point
    Great review DC! Isn't this the movie in which he uses the single stick nunchuck? Kim Si-hyeon also directed the Dragon Lee flick 'Enter the Invincible Hero', which has a fantastic final fight pitting him against Casanova Wong. Here's the original Korean poster for 'Last Fist of Fury' -
  19. 1 point
    I liked Spectre. It could have been tightened up a bit...while a few scenes could have also been fleshed out more. The SPECTRE organization needed a bigger intro and more comprehensive tie-in to the previous installments. I feel like they may be saving something for the next film. We will see. I disagree with people who say the Bond girls were uninteresting or bland. I liked them just fine! Fantastic long-take opening. Great fight on the train. The plane verses car was also nice. Could have been better, sure, but it was still very good in my eyes. Skyfall was a hit with critics, but reaction was mixed with longtime Bond fans. Spectre is an attempt to do an old-style Bond film in the Craig era. Personally, I think Casino Royale is still his best movie, but this one might be second best. I'd need to see it again to be sure, though. Had a bad experience at my movie theater...someone behind me actually took a damn phone call during the movie. I almost got out my chair and smacked him....
  20. 1 point
    I'll keep in mind and try to find a copy of Four Riders. There are so many Vietnam allegories and direct mentions in Hong Kong film from the actual war and aftermath that I would certainly be interested in that movie (of course I would be interested in any Shaw Brothers film I have not seen, I'm easy that way.) As critic Po Fung states, there is not much emphasis on the history in Anonymous Heroes as it is pushed to the backdrop of the story, more on the characters. But what is said and not said interests me in what Cheh was saying possibly subtly (hee hee, Chang subtle.) Unfortunately he does not mention this film in his memoir and also unfortunately not mentioned much in The Shaw Screen: A Preliminary Study. I liked their interaction, more could have been done with the gun battles and train chase (and the whole middle section), but overall decent film.
  21. 1 point
    No problem, I had some spare time so thought Id do a review. I've had it lying around on DVD for a bit so I decided to re-watch it for this months theme.
  22. 1 point
    I still maintain that Dragon Lee ROCKS !!!
  23. 1 point
    Had I reviewed CRYSTAL FIST for last month's Mutual Review Thread, I've would've gone into the differences between different Eagle Styles. Eagle Claw - Ying Jao Pai - uses a five-fingered claw, similar to a Panther claw. Michael Chan and Bruce Leung use it in some of their movies, like Broken Oath and others. The Mainland wushu adaptation of Ying Jao Pai also uses the five-fingered claw, but has a lot of the actual fighting content removed from it. Hsing-I Chuan, Southern Eagle Claw (which appears to be a derivative of Hung Gar) and Taiwanese Eagle Claw use the three-fingered claw, which is pretty common in movies.
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  25. 1 point
    I actually liked Chow Yun-Fat and Mark Wahlberg in The Corruptor