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    Early this morning, my father passed away at home... My father's health has declined considerably over the past 4 years and much of my time has been spent taking care of him and although I've been trying to mentally prepare myself for this inevitable conclusion, it seems you can't really prepare to lose a loved one. He meant everything to me and he was there for me my entire life. I'm trying my best to be strong for my family as they will need me to be but my heart is truly broken. I've mentioned it here a few times but for those who don't know, it is because of my father that I love martial arts movies. He enjoyed them and I enjoyed watching many of them with him for years, from those early days when we rented them on VHS at the video store, watching them on Saturday and Sunday afternoons on TV, to buying DVDs and it was one of the many things that we bonded over. He was a big fan of Bruce Lee, Sonny Chiba, Hwang Jang Lee, and although he wasn't the biggest fan of Shaw Bros stuff, he loved 5 Element Ninjas. Many of my favorite memories are of watching martial arts movies with my father. I'm not a religious man or very spiritual but I welcome all prayers, well wishes, alpha waves, and positive thoughts. The road ahead is going to be a very difficult one and I'm not sure what the future holds but I hope to find and maintain the strength to move on with my life without my father in it, whom I will miss forever...
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    TVB’s “The Defected” Starring Kara Hui Premieres April 1TVB’s The Defected <鐵探> is a different kind of crime show for television. Starring three-time HKFA winner Kara Hui (惠英紅) with TVB star Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪), The Defected focuses on the political battles between the higher-ups of the Hong Kong Police Force, and in their strive for power, many other members of the police force are resorted to being mere chess pieces for their political games.The Defected is created by the team behind 2017’s My Unfair Lady <不懂撒嬌的女人>, which includes producer So Man-chung (蘇萬聰) and the husband and wife screenwriting duo Chu Kang-ki (朱鏡祺) and Lau Siu-kwan (劉小群), best known for their work on the 2016 film Operation Mekong <湄公河行動>. According to Chu and Lau, story of The Defected was conceived over three years ago. Despite appearing as an action-packed political thriller, the central theme of the show is humanity—that despite all the betrayals and the political battles, all the characters are striving to be the best “iron detective,” the show’s literal Chinese title.Kara Hui stars as Chief Superintendent Man Hei-wah, an ambitious leader who vies for the position of Commission of Police, the force’s “number one brother.” The Defected is Kara’s first TVB drama in 10 years, her last being 2010’s No Regrets <巾幗梟雄之義海豪情>.“It’s hard to come by such a good script,” said the film queen. “The production value is high, and I get to work with my favorite actors.” Kara has also expressed interest for the TV queen throne, saying, “I’m confident that I’m qualified.”Fighting against Kara for the position of Commissioner of Police are Ben Wong (黃智賢), who plays CAPO Chief Superintendent Sam Ching and Benz Hui (許紹雄) as Senior Superintendent Kan Kwok-chu. Ben used to be a member of the SDU, but an accident rendered him paralyzed waist down. Kara and Ben’s scenes together will be pivotal to the plot, with the screenwriter recalling one particular scene involving the two of them exchanging dialogue that lasted six pages.Sharon Chan (陳敏之) will make a guest appearance as a police official, as Hui Shiu-hung’s ex-wife and Ben’s current wife. Mat Yeung (楊明) plays Kara’s son, Inspector Yau Lai-kit. https://www.jaynestars.com/news/tvbs-the-defected-starring-kara-hui-premieres-april-1/
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    so germany ran out of kung fu 35mm print ? it can't be...
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    Just saw this (as the UK gets it 2 days before the US) and yeah, be excited, dudes, as this is every bit as great as parts 1 and 2. I won't go into too much detail now but as it stands, the John Wick trilogy is easily up there with the very best action films ever, East or West. Go, love it, rave about it on here. You have your orders.
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    Review. Dacascos' playing a meaty role here... Neat!!! https://www.slashfilm.com/john-wick-chapter-3-review/?fbclid=IwAR39QWl0BEmgnCQRNt2bn0FcVWe5iz1OvqCf15eoGIRaxuBVl1nCxCXhyx4
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    Always thought Wang Yu's fight against the karate students in The Man from Hong Kong was pretty good for it's time.
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    The story is quite interesting I thought with a shocking twist, but the fights are the stars of the film. Excellent work from Fabien Garcia, the Buson brothers, and company. Laurent works these days as a producer and visual effects artist on web series, including Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope (he also was fight choreographer) and Captain Fitastic (a superhero show with Tim Storms in the titular role)
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    COF's Kyle Warner reviewed this one back in 2014 - http://cityonfire.com/die-fighting-2014-review/
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    John Wick: Chapter 3 featurette, 'The Continental in Action', from Lionsgate - from https://www.flickeringmyth.com/2019/04/john-wick-chapter-3-featurette-the-continental-in-action/
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    The plot and acting certainly aren't the best, but that fight scene is typical of the energy and choreography the movie contains. This a film featuring members of Z Team, a French indie stunt group like the Stunt People or Martial Club. It's definitely a low budget indie film, and it is fight heavy, but the choreography never gets boring. I think you'd dig it, and you should be able to find it pretty cheap. One of the main characters is Laurent Buson, who played the villain's brother in Merantau and participates in that film's 2-on-1 finale.
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    Great post @NoKUNGFUforYU, nice to hear your thoughts on this thread subject. Agree with a lot of what you said, especially in regards to the Kiss of The Dragon fight. Off topic, they also helped out with his movie career, when he past his prime. The stroy in The Godfather, with the horse head was based on a stroy related to Sinatra. They changed the actors name in th film, to evade any legal problems, or annoying the wrong kind of people. A big indication of the man's character, was when actor Brad Dextor saved Sinartra and Ruth Koch, from drowning, during the production of None But The Brave(1964). The pair had got swept out to see, and Brad Dexter swam out to save the the, after seeing them get puled out by the tides. Old blue-eyes didnt say a word to him during the rest of the production, not even a thank you. Dexter received a Red Cross for his bravery. My Dad been a big Western fan, read Dexter's biography which mentions the incident. Sure there's multiple versions of the story though. Thanks for adding those, great suggestions @ShaOW!linDude I posted a video of this scene, earlier in the thread.
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    The end fight of Chinese Connection 2 is set in a dojo. And Die Fighting has a pretty good dojo fight scene in it. The dojo fight in Best of the Best 4 shows up about the 3:25 mark. Philip Rhee is fantastic here.
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    Fist of Fury, Lady Kung Fu, Five Fingers of Death, Chinese Professionals, Hammer of God and for different reasons at different times. Fist of Fury/Chinese Connection I've seen so many times (50,60?) I just can't anymore, but the rest still entertain me. One this is that you have to have all the factors to pull off a one man VS an army of students, at least for me. That is probably why I could not even think of any of the independents, (Chiu Chao Guy has a pretty hilarious brawl, which turns out to be one school of bullies trashing the other school of bullies, and it's just sort of manic, WTF? kind of scene). Certainly there are some small movies, like Triangular Duel, loosely based on Chinese Reformers like Tang Hao who brought back modern Japanese arts to strengthen the locals (look him up!). Now Hapkido has a high school level, where as Chinese Professionals is tongue in cheek, and Hammer of God has a sort of freshness that you can tell it was an original at the time. I mean Lo Lieh and Wang Yu look like the kids fighting in front of the grindhouse (and I still believe all those "fights" that Wang Yu supposedly "won" were because his "opponents" knew dozens of guys would show up with watermelon knives the next day, not unlike Frank Sinatra's tough guy rep in the USA, who also had the mob here behind him) but it all works well. And Lo steals the show in Chinese Professionals in a brief scene that sort of humanizes him. Somehow he got screwed in Japan, and this is his last chance at success, so he's a bit of a lost soul. But he's still a prick, but a little more human. Five Fingers of Death is interesting. It did not do that well in Hong Kong, but I see it as the right choice. Chang Cheh's homoerotic hero dies in the end stuff would be a little tough first time out, where as Lo Lieh's Chen Chi Hao is Audie Murphy, a western style hero, almost seduced by the local songstress before laying waste to the bad guys, and he whips up a samurai to boot! Before this, Samurai were the quintessential symbol of Asian martial arts in the west. Not only did he win, but he displaced the Samurai, tapping into the unconscious, and not so unconscious post WWII resentment for Pearl Harbor, etc. I'm not saying it was right, but it worked. Anyway, on a modern level I would say Jet Li's fight against the cops training in Kiss of The Dragon was pretty awesome. Anyway, just my two cents, for what it's worth.
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    I'd say, to me, the escrima stick gauntlet in Mission of Justice and the one in The Bounty Tracker (starring Lorenzo Lamas) certainly ranks as a couple of the best US martial art movie fights sequences set in a dojo. The one in Martial Law 2: Undercover is good but doesn't really hit me with that "Wow" factor.
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    Meeting Tsiu Siu Ming , Mung Hoi, Yukio Someno, kicker Jason Ng, Bruce Le, Chiang To, Bruce Fontaine, Kirk Wong, & director Lee Chiu of Two on the Road and Ways of Kung Fu at the Hong Kong Filmart event with Toby Russell, having dinner with Joseph Lai and Joseph Kuo, and meeting Cliff Lok at his kung fu school. Amazing trip.
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    Recently watched Martial Law 2: Undercover and there's a dojo fight scene pitting Jeff Wincott against James Lew, Leo Lee, and Koichi Sakamoto. (Just like the dvd I watched, it's in Italian.)
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    Two of my favorite Dojo based movie fight seqeunces of all time.
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    Thought some might be interested to see a copy of the Tower of Death Korean tape. This one comes from my VHS collection
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    Stan Lee wanted to cast Brandon Lee in a film
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    Hey Lone Wolf and Cub fans, rejoice, there's a book on the subject coming out! One of the recent projects I did was the cover art for this exciting new book from Arrow Video. Lone Wolf and Cub are near and dear to my heart. As a lot of you know, they are one of my favorite things of all time. I have and cherish the manga collection, the TV series, the classic 6 films (in nearly every iteration ever released), and the other, lesser known TV films as well. The posters are on my walls, the soundtracks for the films and for SHOGUN ASSASSIN on my I-Pod... To be asked to create the artwork for this book was (and still is) quite the thrill. I'd have been over the moon that this book was even written, especially by an author like Tom Mes whose work I enjoy so much, but to get to be a part of it... wow. Humbled and honored, and very excited to read this book. The publicity release info follows... Arrow Video Time to reveal our Arrow Books release for September… NEW ARROW BOOKS TITLE: Father, Son, Sword: The Lone Wolf and Cub Saga Written by Japanese film expert Tom Mes, Father, Son, Sword is the full story behind the films, the manga, and the phenomenon Lone Wolf and Cub. Pre-order your copy: http://bit.ly/2BjfJWQ Release date: September 28 The gripping saga of former shogunate executioner Itto Ogami and his son Daigoro, better known as Lone Wolf and Cub. Betrayed and exiled by the treacherous Yagyu clan, they wander feudal Japan as assassins on the road to hell. An epic, multi million-selling manga that spanned six years and nearly 9000 pages. A long-running television series that is one of the staples of Japanese broadcasting. And six ferocious, inimitable films that are among the best that Japanese cinema has to offer. More than 40 years after they were made, these films continue to fascinate and enthral viewers the world over. Lone Wolf and Cub and the Baby Cart films are among the true classics of Japanese pop culture. Read and watched all across the globe, they inspired countless filmmakers, comic book artists, and writers, including Quentin Tarantino, Frank Miller, John Carpenter, John Woo, and Takashi Miike. Written by Japanese film expert Tom Mes, Father, Son, Sword is the full story behind the films, the manga, and the phenomenon Lone Wolf and Cub.