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    Busy, busy, busy, busy, busy. But better late than never I hope. Last month on March 12th, I went to the New Beverly Cinema to watch their Bruce Li double feature: Soul Brothers of Kung Fu and The Image of Bruce Lee. Now that I’m a licensed driver, I was able to drive myself this time (fortunately for my mom who hates English-dubbed kung fu movies). When I got there, I met up and caught up with @ShaolinPatriot who I hadn’t seen for about a year. It was great getting to catch up with him before the film. Before Soul Brothers started, New Bev programmer Brian Quinn came out and introduced the two films, and encouraged everyone to stay once Soul Brothers ended because of a surprise interview with Carl Scott himself! Coincidentally, @ShaolinPatriot and I were talking about how Carl Scott lives in LA and the chances of him being here for the screening. I was already excited for the films, but this just made everything better. They showed a live-action comedy short film entitled “So You Want a Raise” starring Joe McDoakes which was pretty enjoyable. The following trailer reel included trailers for Amazon Women on the Moon, Slumber Party Massacre, and Sorority House Massacre (all of which showed later that month). The print for Soul Brothers of Kung Fu was an English-dubbed print, and it was in great shape for being over 40 years old. The print shown didn’t include any music from the Rocky soundtrack (unlike other versions), but it was completely uncut. And without spoiling anything, the ending included was the “happy ending” instead of the alternate downbeat ending. I hadn’t seen Soul Brothers of Kung Fu for a few years, and I had forgotten how innovative the fight scenes were for the time. The film is otherwise pretty standard, but the fight scenes really make it exceptional and thoroughly entertaining. The story is half-decent as well and the audience reactions added a lot to the excitement. Following Soul Brothers was the live interview with Carl Scott which was very informative and fun. Apparently, Carl Scott disliked making live appearances until recently. He actually reached out to the New Beverly when he found out they were showing this film and said he’d love to come by. Brian Quinn asked questions about his background and how he got involved in Hong Kong films. Then, they opened up questions to the audience where they asked about his martial arts background and who his favorite people were to work with (among other things). He also said his favorite film that he made is Sun Dragon (aka A Hard Way to Die). Brian Quinn then said they haven’t been able to find a print of that yet, but if they were to show it, Carl Scott said he would definitely come back for that. I would go more in-depth, but maybe another time on a separate post. I’m scrambling to get this write-up posted. 😁 But, overall, it was a super cool surprise and Carl Scott was a very nice guy. Next was an intermission, and before The Image of Bruce Lee started, there was another brief trailer reel including trailers for Exit the Dragon Enter the Tiger (which I actually enjoy a lot for some reason) and Bruce Lee Fights Back From the Grave (which I refuse to see because it looks horrendous). The Image of Bruce Lee was shown English-dubbed with faded colors, but was otherwise in decent condition. The version they showed was strange. None of the nudity was censored, but certain scenes were clearly trimmed for violence by the distributor. And the ending was cut as well. The airport scene at the end of the film was completely absent, and instead it ended with the shot of John Cheung and Han Ying-Chieh followed by a title card that said “The End”. It was a shock to everyone that it ended so abruptly, but I couldn’t help but laugh. This was my first time seeing The Image of Bruce Lee, and though it has a few moments to shine, it was otherwise horribly boring and repetitive. My biggest problem with some low-budget kung fu movies of the time are the fight choreography. One of the main reasons why kung fu movies appeal to me is because you get to see incredible feats of athleticism that few in the world can achieve. But the fight choreography in The Image of Bruce Lee was completely devoid of any creativity, and it all looked like stuff that I could do. And it didn’t help that the fight scenes took up a majority of the film. It was pretty rough to sit through, but at least it was on the big screen with an audience, making it only slightly more engaging. It’s really hard to complain, because I’m just so appreciative that a theater in LA is still showing these kind of movies. Despite being indifferent about The Image of Bruce Lee, I still had a great time going to the New Beverly again. I say this every time I go, but it’s absolutely true. If I’m free next week, I’m gonna try to see the Lee Tso Nam triple feature (but I’m not sure if I can stay for the third film) and A Better Tomorrow 2. I am definitely gonna try to see Dangerous Encounters-1st Kind and School on Fire the week after. Intense downbeat movies like that are my jam. Can’t wait! I can’t thank the New Beverly enough for these awesome film-going experiences!
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    Kill Line...dusted the ol vhs off from the vaults and found it to be HORRIBLE...to be honest i would love to see some of his other korean efforts kill line is an american martial arts film written and starring him. i was expecting MUCH more competent choreography given his status as a korean action star so how good are his other films? anyone?
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    The Criterion release has atrocious compression artifacts on both cuts. https://caps-a-holic.com/c.php?go=1&a=0&d1=12243&d2=13118&s1=121365&s2=130893&i=1&l=0 https://caps-a-holic.com/c.php?a=3&x=536&y=426&d1=12243&d2=13118&s1=121365&s2=130893&l=1&i=1&go=1 https://caps-a-holic.com/c.php?a=3&x=406&y=421&d1=12243&d2=13118&s1=121365&s2=130893&l=1&i=1&go=1 https://caps-a-holic.com/c.php?a=3&x=541&y=324&d1=12243&d2=13118&s1=121365&s2=130893&l=1&i=1&go=1 That is all from one screenshot. It's even worse in others. Stick with the Eureka- Criterion messed this up big time.
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    I remember seeing "Water Margin" ("Seven Blows of The Dragon") at a place once called "Empress Theatre" here in Honolulu Chinatown. The place was later occupied by Calvary Chapel and now New Life Church. The theatre was very nice in its hey day.
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    Thanks for sharing your findings. I had not picked up on these connections between Pursuit of Vengeance and Sentimental Swordsman, not even the Ah Fei appearance. I am going to have to re-watch that one. So these 7 films sit in roughly this order: The Sentimental Swordsman Return of the Sentimental Swordsman Pursuit of Vengeance Magic Blade Death Duel Killer Clans Full Moon Scimitar
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    An attempt at a guide to characters that appear in more than one of Chor Yuen's Gu Long film adaptations: Li Xun Huan (Ti Lung) / Lin Shi Yin (Candice Yu On On, Ching Li) / Lin Xian Er (Ching Li, Choh Seung Wan) The Sentimental Swordsman Return of the Sentimental Swordsman Ah Fei (Derek Yee) The Sentimental Swordsman Return of the Sentimental Swordsman Pursuit of Vengeance (10-20 years after events in Sentimental Swordsman series) thanks @Chu Liu Hsiang Fu Hung Hsueh (Ti Lung) Pursuit of Vengeance Magic Blade Death Duel Han Tang (Lo Lieh) Death Duel Killer Clans Third Master (Derek Yee, Yueh Hua) Death Duel Full Moon Scimitar (Takes place 30 years later) Chu Liu Hsiang (Ti Lung) Clans of Intrigue Legend of the Bat Perils of the Sentimental Swordsman (Takes place 2 years later) Lu Xiao Feng (Lau Wing) / Hua Manlou (Yueh Hua, Sun Chien) / Sikong Zhaixing (Ngaai Fei, Lung Tin Sang) Clan of Amazons Duel of the Century Any others?
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    most of these kung fu films are on YouTube for free but the quality is pretty shitty for the most part
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    Not much use to me then. Most other sites I've come across are invite only so I've got no chance of getting on them as they seem tighter than a ducks arse.
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    Hi have the Eureka & HKR versions and have pre-ordered the Criterion. I will advise once it arrives.
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    UPDATE: On Apil 30th, the New Beverly will be showing Dangerous Encounters-First Kind (1980) and School on Fire (1988). Never seen Dangerous Encounters but I hear it's very downbeat. I have seen School on Fire though, which I know is very downbeat. But I love these kind of bleak, intense movies anyway so I really hope I can make it. And I'm curious if it's the Category 2 or Category 3 version of School on Fire. Again, awesome schedule this month!
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    Here's the March 2019 calendar (open in a new tab for a larger image): For Hong Kong movie screenings, there's Soul Brothers of Kung Fu and The Image of Bruce Lee on March 12th and The Tattoo Connection and Exit the Dragon, Enter the Tiger on March 26th (presumably all English-dubbed). I've seen Soul Brothers of Kung Fu and ETDETT before on home-video and I really enjoy both (especially ETDETT which I think is hilarious). The Image of Bruce Lee looks okay and I've always being meaning to see The Tattoo Connection. I'm learning to drive on the freeway so I'll hopefully be able to go to both. There are many other highlights for me this month: Kill Bill, Kentucky Fried Movie, Point Break, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Young Frankenstein, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Meaning of Life, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Excellent schedule this month!
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    That doesn't surprise me. If you can say only one positive thing about Johnson (though obviously there are lots), the man has an incredible work ethic
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    The full January schedule hasn't been released yet, but the first week or so has been released on their website: http://thenewbev.com/schedule/ On January 1st, they showed The Godfather/Kung Fu Executioner, and The Godfather/The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight on January 2nd. I was waiting for the full schedule to be released before I start posting about January, but the schedule is really late this month. Besides Kung Fu Executioner, there aren't any other Hong Kong film screenings announced yet.
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    That one cracked me up @HyperDrive, rent a crowd, ideal for guaranteeing a crowd at your next party or political event. I'm not sure who created this image?, but it takes the BL rug idea, to new heights.
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    Ive posted quite a few images of fans with this statue, but found no articles on the subject. Here's one by Author and Action Cinema fanatic/expert, Timon Singth. The Bruce Lee Statue That Sought to Unify a Divided City The story behind the world's most unlikely Bruce Lee tribute: a statue in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Link- https://www.cinemaescapist.com/2018/11/bruce-lee-statue-mostar-bosnia/
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    I feel kind of bad because this is an 'appreciation' thread, but I also recently got through watching this one, and have to agree with jiujitsu77. However not only did I endure watching it, I also decided to torture myself a little more by writing a full review. Check it out at the link below - http://www.cityonfire.com/kill-line-1991-review-richard-h-kim-bobby-kim/
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    Today, Bobby Kim lives in Aurora, Colorado, where he still runs his Taekwondo school
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    You can see a full list of Bobby Kim's Korean movies over at the Korean Movie Database, shame many of his movies aren't available English subbed - http://www.kmdb.or.kr/eng/vod/mm_basic.asp?person_id=00007303&div=2
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    AKA "Mad For Vengeance" which was released by IFD Films.
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    Hahahaha that's Taekwondo grandmaster Bobby Kim. He did a series of Korean films in the 1970's before moving to the United States. Nice guy. I recently talked to him about the 1996 B-movie American Chinatown. He's in the film but never saw the final cut so I gave him the link to where he can get it and he thanked me.
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    I picked this movie up not long ago on DVD. It was a double dvd set with Deadly Kick, on Image DVD, so I thought it'd be good quality, and it was being sold rather high price, sometimes I'd see it on sale for 7.99$ but passed it up, then one day, it was on a sale table for 1.00$, so I got it. I haven't watched either yet, but the image quality was very bad, and I am glad I didn't pay more than 1.00$. Shame on Image DVD for putting this out like this.
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    I've seen MAD FOR VENGEANCE. It's been years, but I remember Bobby Kim being pretty good in it.
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    LOL that's true...Kill Line was pretty bad. He was the only good martial artist of the entire cast in that film. I saw it as a 2-DVD set with one of his Korean films, Deadly Kick (Wangryong), where he co-starred with the late Lo Lieh. He was a lot better in Deadly Kick. He had a non-fighting role in one of my favorite B-movies, American Chinatown, as the friend of Henry Taejoon Lee's gangster who becomes his conscience.