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    Carter Wong with Yuen Wah and Jet Li on the set of The Master(1992)
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    I have the ZiiEagle box version on DVD which is remastered and subbed
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    I thought Odd Couple but thought that was a Fortune Star title that Asia line would be unlikely to have rights to
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    Korean film: (aka Enter the Black Dragon) http://hkmdb.com/db/movies/view.mhtml?id=15075&display_set=eng Hong Kong/Philippines film: http://hkmdb.com/db/movies/view.mhtml?id=9203&display_set=eng
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    Two Champions of Shaolin (Hong Kong, 1980: Chang Cheh) - One of the lesser films from Chang Cheh and the Venom Mob, which is missing both Philip Kwok (who worked behind the scene as action director) and an interesting story. Lo Meng plays Tong Qianjin, a layman student of Shaolin kung fu who is released from the temple to join the anti-Qing movement. He goes to Guangdong to meet up with Hu Huichien (Chiang Shen, in a role made famous by Chi Kuan-Chun). Hu, best known for studying at Shaolin to avenge his father's murder, has recently completed his task for vengeance, killing the gang members responsible. Two of the gang members, however, were bigwigs at Wudan. Wudan has also recently allied itself with the Qings, with Feng Daodeng and an absent Pai Mei at the head. Feng sends his top students, Li Bashan (the 6th Venom, Wang Li) and Li Dezong (Yu Tai-Ping, another frequent Venom collaborator), to start systematically killing Shaolin students. They are to be joined by Pai Mei's top student, Gao Jinzhong, in short order. Meanwhile, Tong Qianjin meets up with Hu Huichien and the two are joined by two closet martial artists, the Jin siblings (Sun Chien and Yeung Ching Ching). The conflict erupts, with bodies piling up on both sides. Wudan student Wei Xinghong (apparently Chin Siu-Ho's first film role) turns out to be a Ming loyalist as well. It ends with a big action sequence that will leave every major character dead, with only a couple of third-string supporting characters living to tell the tale. First of all, this has three of my favorite kung fu movie death scenes of all time: 1) one guy gets castrated mid-jump kick, 2) Chiang Sheng whacks a guy in the back of a head with a hard whip with so much force that instead of a blood geyser, he has a cerebrospinal fluid geyser, and 3) one character gets slowly folded in half, backwards. The action by Philip Kwok, Chiang Sheng and Lu Feng is generally pretty good. Sun Chien looks especially good in his big fight, which is sadly too short and the only real fight that Sun Chien has. Weapons fans will be glad to see more obscure weapons like the three-pronged fork and the hard whip get some screen time aside more common weapons like the saber and pole. The first act has a lot of action involving boomerang-esque daggers. The actual kung fu is pretty good, with Chiang Sheng doing his usual acrobatic shtick and Lo Meng doing his hand-based southern styles. There are no all-time classic Venom fights here, but it's all solid. My main problem with this film was a big lull during the second half leading up to the big finale. The story wasn't interesting (or original) enough to sustain such a long period without fighting, nor were the production values good enough to distract from the story we've all seen before. Had the action built up better in those last 40-50 minutes, I think I would've enjoyed it more.
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    I will check out 220 Electronics. Thanks Bob!
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    Showdown at the Cotton Mill 1978 Do I have to say it ? SUPERB movie, in which Chi Kuan Chun shines and Tao Tao Liang is hatable as possible ! The story shows how Hung Hui Qian, after having been taught high martial arts by Monk San Te, takes revenge on those who murdered his father. But it leads to the Jin Lun Society members to want to take revenge on him too, helped by the officers ruling the town, which also leads to a possible destruction of the Shaolin Temple and Hung Hui Qian's family (he is married with a son, in this movie) and friends. As there is a traitor among his friends and San Te's disciples, he has to fight several top fighters sent by the government to kill him, the worst of them being Tan Tao Liang. The way this latter cheats the monks and even Hung Hui Qian and his best friend is absolutely diabolic ! By a despicable trick, he succeeds in badly hurting Hung Hui Qian, who asks San Te not to save his life, but to help him recover all of his strength for one day in order to defeat Tan Tao Liang and the remaining members of the Jin Lun Society. The plot is excellent, the fights are excellent, Chi Kuan Chun is at his best and still so elegant even when he fights, and Tan Tao Liang is excellent too. Here, no Fang Shi Yu, no ending fight with a lot of soldiers as in Shaolin avengers, but if this movie had been a Shaws' movie, it had been a must have in the Shaolin cycle, even if the story differs a little bit from Chang Cheh's ones. A must watch movie.
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    Now that it is official that he will be included in the 2022 sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, let's take a look at the Japanese Spider-Man series, which began a 3-year partnership between Marvel and Japan's Toei Company. The series stars Shinji Todo as Takeru Yamashiro, a motocross racer who finds a shooting star and his father, a space archaelogist, is killed during his investigation. Takeru discovers the shooting star is a spaceship called The Marveller. Upon his arrival, Takeru meets Garia, the last survivor of the destroyed Planet Spider. For 400 years, Garia has attempted to stop the ones responsible for destroying his home, Professor Monster and his Cross Army. As he is dying, Garia injects some of his blood in Takeru and gives him a bracelet which gives him both the Spider Protector (his suit) and Spider-String (their version of his webbing). As the heroic Spider-Man, Takeru possesses a car known as the GP-7 and in addition, the Marveller has the ability to change into the mecha warrior Leopordon. With his newfound powers, Takeru as Spider-Man faces off against Professor Monster and the Cross Army. The series ran from May 1978 to March 1979 and its success led to Marvel's attempt to give Toei an adaptation of Captain America that would evolve in the now official third Super Sentai Series, Battle Fever J. The series was officially the beginning of the S3 but Himitsu Sentai Goranger and JAKQ Dengekitai would be considered as part of the S3 in 1994 by Toei. Marvel and Toei would collaborate on two more Super Sentai Series, 1980's Denshi Sentai Denjiman and Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan. This "Honest Trailer" shows his dark the Japanese Spider-Man series was:
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    I've got to pick this up on Blu-ray. I watched two episodes and really enjoyed it. But I prefer watching physical media as opposed to worrying about which episodes got deleted from the DVR and whatnot. My wife saves a million things on there, and the one or two things I record always seem to disappear. 🤨 Wait, we have the latest episode of HOUSEWIVES OF SHRIEKING COUNTY, but WARRIOR episode 3 is missing? waaaAAAAAHHHH!!!!!!
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    I think you and @NoKUNGFUforYU are right on this subject. Theres Korean movie by the name Enter The Black Dragon on YouTube, but it might just share the same title as @ThunderScore poster?. It's in Cantonese and looks like it been ripped from a bootleg VHS release?. Looks like Korean star Bobby Kim front and centre on the poster, even though he's not in the movie.
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    Justice, my Foot! (1992) - I'm not a Stephen Chow fan--this is the fifth movie of his I've seen since my "conversion" to HK cinema in 1997. I saw this mainly because Tony Ching Siu-Tung's name was on the credits and I feel the need to watch every wire-fu film from the 1990s at some point. This one does have a few brief action bits, but it's mainly a comedy. The story involves a famous lawyer, Sung Sai-Kit (Stephen Chow), who is especially good at getting actual criminals off the hook, thanks to a combination of his fast-talking skills, bizarre logic, and an aged, almost-senile magistrate. However, his triumphs in court come with a karmic cost, and he has yet to have a son who has lived past the age of one. Finally, Sung is pressured by his wife (Anita Mui, who almost walks away with this movie) into retiring. His retirement is short-lived: his wife meets a pregnant woman (a surprisingly irritating Carrie Ng) who' s on the lam after being accused of poisoning her husband. Sung's wife urges her husband to take up her case, despite his oath that his son would be born without a penis if he adjucated again, and the locals' misgivings that his reneging on his promise will negatively affect the village's feng shui. But this case will be especially difficult: there's a new magistrate (Ng Man-Tat) in town who won't put up with Sung's shenanigans, and the defendant's sister-in-law (Yuen King-Tan) has a brother-in-law (Leung Kar-Yan) who's also a Qing official. At some point, they even hire killers to try to take Sung out for good. I found the film to be funny at times. The bit about sneaking into the room of two gay officials was funny, as is the love letter scene. Anita Mui and Stephen Chow have good chemistry together and help make the slower parts of the film more interesting. The action mainly consists of Anita Mui performing slow motion, wire-enhanced kicks, much like she does in The Heroic Trio. There's a big sword fight around the end of the second act, but it's not Dragon Inn or Butterfly and Sword quality stuff.
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    Very happy to hear you like them. Thank you! Yes, I am doing artwork for 88 Films' upcoming Blu-ray releases of DRAGONS FOREVER, HEART OF DRAGON, and HEROES SHED NO TEARS. I highly recommend you ask Santa for an All-region Blu-ray player this year. Were you on the "naughty" or "nice" list for 2019 @Jay Stone? 😄 Having the freedom to purchase and play the best releases of the films you enjoy, regardless of their country of origin, is very freeing. A worthwhile investment for a lover of (especially) foreign films. Ever since HKFlix closed down I get my All-region players from 220 Electronics web-store. They've never let me down.
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    I love that this looks more like a psychological thriller than a horror. I'm pretty excited for it...
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    Bride With White Hair 2... http://www.dddhouse.com/v3/product_details.php?ProductID=17220
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    Yeah who knows what's true and what isn't, but like I said it was an entertaining book. We know Bruce had his flaws just like everyone and was certainly no saint so some of it wasn't hard to believe. Surprised you didn't like Fighting Spirit, but I learned alot of stuff about him and his life you might have already known.
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    Source- https://yasboogie.com/post/178291357064/the36thbloggerofshaolin-original-lobby-card-set
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    That is some cover. Unfortunately I don’t think any of my players can play region b
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    Once agin excellent work! Thank you for your work on these they’re awesome really nice to see such care being given to these movies we all love. I see 88 are releasing Heart of the Dragon in March!! Can’t wait, will you be providing us with more art? Be a shame not too really!
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    Hi @NoKUNGFUforYU, really appreciate your feedback on this one. The HKMDB page says it's a Hong Kong movie, but that doesnt mean it couldnt have been filmed in the Phillipines. My first guess was it might be a Korean production. I bet a few of these films have slipped through the cracks over the year's. Never to be seen again outside of their original Theatrical run in cinemas.
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    Still haven't read Polly's book yet but have you read Unsettled Matters? It's got all kind of accusations like Bruce was using steroids, and that Marijuana or Raymond Chow might have been behind Bruce's death. I take it with a grain of salt but the user on here named The Dragon use to swear by it. It sure is an entertaining read nonetheless! Fighting Spirit was another good book on Lee.
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    That movie did have a great soundtrack and was played endlessly on the radio when the movie came out. I remember when Brandon got killed like it was yesterday because it happened in Wilmington, NC which is about a one and a half hour drive from where I live. It was such a needless and senseless death too because of the carelessness of the f/x people. It did set stricter rules and standards in the film industry in the aftermath though where something like this would never happen again hopefully.