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  1. 10 points
    Scottish Sikhs and Hasidic Jews from Borough Park, eh...? Well, no offense, but some of the responses here remind me of those vacuous slogans on 'answer t-shirts' to 'Black Lives Matter'... like 'White Lives Matter' or 'All Lives Matter', etc. Fact is that from the early 70's on Kung Fu had an infinitely stronger impact on black popular culture than on any other outside the place of its origin. If, like me, you grew up infatuated with African-American or Jamaican music, you'd eventually came across classic Kung Fu cinema and found it easy to develop a lasting relationship with its heroes - and probably even more so with its most notorious villains... 😅
  2. 8 points
    And Indians, Russians, Nordics, etc etc etc
  3. 7 points
    I've been looking for this one for years. Always a fan of those lost treasure movies, and now it is back. Just did the sub timings, and my friend is going to translate for me. Lee Tso Nam was assistant director, for a bit of trivia. Fights are good, gun fu, arrow fu. Ear rolls...LOL! Anyway, can't wait to get this subbed!
  4. 7 points
    Well, put it this way. I'm Scottish and in a historical sense we as a people have always been shitey warriors with martial arts. In battle, the Scots were about the only men to go out in skirts. In terms of Chinese martial arts cinema, I have no doubt at all in my mind that a large part of it's following was in the African American community, especially the Shaw movies, with the underdog theme. They presented stories of outnumbered people standing against odds with tyranny which to a large extent, the marginalized African American communities, from what I speculate the generally held perspective to be, could relate to with their experiences of institutionalized racism and segregation under the Jim Crowe laws, police brutality and living as a community under the laws created by people who imported their ancestors as slaves, resulting an mass incarceration from kangeroo courts and racial bias in the legal system. In a way, based on a few interviews I watched with the RZA and having spoken about kung fu movie to others,. I beleive that a lot of the black audiences could relate to the Hans in the movies, being under the rule of the Manchu and their struggle for emancipation in the shadow of tyranny. One time, the two major film studios in Hong Kong producing chop socky movies were Cathay and Shaws as everyone in here knows. All of the Cathay movieals are lost now other thàn the pan scan betamax prints because they didn't have the following that the Shaw Bros movies did which were released widely in the West. That's why the Shaw moviea are popular but Cathay arent. Almost nobody in Hong Kong likes Kung Fu movies anymore, the main market is in the States where they still remain a major influence in African American culture, serving as an inspiration for The Wu Tang Clan and a lot of the RZAs music and a lot of the art scene.
  5. 7 points
  6. 7 points
    I'm surprised by how many people I hear talking about part 3 in a negative way. I enjoyed it a lot, and think the weapons duel at the end is some of the best kung fu action to come out of Hong Kong in the last 20 years. I no longer believe nunchaku action will be in a new movie until I'm actually watching it happen. TRIPLE THREAT was the latest movie to fake me out with a cover depicting Tony Jaa using my favorite weapon... only to discover there were no nunchaku in the film. NO MORE! with the phony nunchaku promises! That being said... I do hope they have "Bruce" use them in IP MAN 4.
  7. 6 points
    You're wrong. Witness the truly uncalculable impact that kung fu cinema had on black popular culture. Think 70's black street culture, the influence of, say, Venoms movies on early rap music, dress code, hell, even on breakdance moves ! (that beetle-on-the-back tavern fight in CRIPPLED AVENGERS was pure b-boy shit, yo!) Or think of the fu fever that swept Reggae & Dancehall culture in Jamaica in the late 70's / early 80's. Wasn't no niche business as it was in Germany or the UK, it was all over the place and all over the public imagination on Planet Reggae! Like, when you went to sound system dances and watch the girls modelling inna dem kung fu shoes, while screw-faced bredrin holding their Heinekens and spliffs talkin' 'bout the badman t'ing in relation of who did the wickedest killings in the latest fu flick they caught at the usually packed Majestic cinema in East-Kingston. (Leung Kar Yan, known a 'Brigadeer' in Jamaica, would have received a hero's welcome in those days!) Or by extension: dem times you'd walk into a cinema in North or South London when a kung fu picture was screening and it was like... bare yardies! And noisy and physically agitated ta raas! And going to cinemas in West Africa in the 80's and early 90's... most of the time you had to choose between an Indian melodrama or a kung fu movie. Those were the cinematic staples!
  8. 6 points
    Speaking of which, did you see Blood and Bone with Michael Jai White? I thought it was bloody phenomenal and was an excellent tribute to the blaxploitation martial arts genre. Great characters, plenty of action, funny bits and violence. Definitely needs a sequel. Would also recommend Black Dynamite, loved the stylized filming and use of Super 16 film. Good combination of classic and postmodern filmmaking. Good fun midnight movie.
  9. 6 points
    I didn't dare to post my comments here, but since you began, I follow... Now that you say that you want to sub it, maybe I'll wait to write a review, because there is something that I didn't understand regarding the beginning fight with Wong Yung and the bandits and when he later appears and the bandits don't seem to know who he is... Great movie, with non stop action, and for once, the female fighters are really the main leads !
  10. 6 points
    Valid points guys. But when you get right down to it most people (as in the human race) imo are attracted to the martial arts genre for the cool ass way of fighting. If blacks loved and helped popularize the genre and kept it from dying then all us fans should be grateful. I can understand if they could relate to being the underdog because of a history of discrimination, but all people have felt like the underdog at times in their life and felt abused or bullied as well, l know I sure have. That's one reason why I was drawed to these movies and have practiced martial arts for over 30 years. We can't erase or change history, I wish all people could just find common ground and come together instead of trying to draw lines of separation.
  11. 6 points
    It seems more an individual people thing than a race thing. I've known different people from the same race that one loved the genre and another couldn't stand. I don't agree with saying one race loves it or relates to it more than another. Everybody sees things from their own perspective so I'm not saying lm right or others are wrong and respect everyone's point of view.
  12. 6 points
    And Scots, and Sihks, and Scottish Sihks.
  13. 6 points
    Yes, I'll bet! I'm sure that raised an eyebrow of everyone that was involved in making the film. Thanks for confirming that @Mike Leeder- that's sweet music to me ears. 😁 Um... do I count as "anyone" to you my brother? 🙄 😄 Okay, I'm not alone. LOL I think they each have merits and weaknesses, but overall, enjoyed each of them. Hahaha... maybe you and I can team up and have a classic two heroes against one villain fight with "that bastard!" "That said, not every movie poster designer needs to be a Martial Arts film fan." Huh? 😦 You bite your tongue sir! 😝 Here I am trying to convince all film distributor's of the exact opposite... 😆 Oh yeah- the elevator fight is killer! Like most people, I thought the stunt casting was extremely strange and didn't make much sense for the time period. But after a bit I accepted it- well, that's what they're doing, so... we're going to see Donnie Yen go up against Mike Tyson on-screen. Very interesting! And once I saw it, it was exciting. Every punch that Tyson's character threw looked like it could kill Ip Man if it landed. I got lost in the film, caught up in the thrill of the battle, and wasn't distracted at all by my initial feelings regarding the casting. I'm with you on that @SamSeed. Me, my son, and all my friends that are martial arts fans have eagerly been awaiting and hoping for a Yen vs Adkins match. Can hardly wait. Right on. Wasn't feeling the wire-heavy table fight though. A waste of an opportunity for what could've been a great scene in my opinion.
  14. 6 points
  15. 6 points
    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.
  16. 5 points
  17. 5 points
    That last fight is one of the best ever, Ken Lo ranks up there with Benny as Jackie's best opponent ever. That kicking style he did was something unique.
  18. 5 points
    Drunken Master II - As far as kung fu movies go, this one maybe be true perfection. Almost, anyway. There’s a few moments of wonky comedy that don’t quite work but everything else is fantastic. Of course, the film is all about the fight scenes and this, in my eyes, features Jackie’s finest work. That last fight is an absolutely masterpiece.
  19. 5 points
    Aren’t they just a bunch of shitty bootleggers?
  20. 5 points
  21. 5 points
    Joe Dante's 1973 review of Deep Thrust mentions the black market as a key demographic - https://trailersfromhell.com/deep-thrust/ The kung fu boom in the US was fairly mainstream from the release of Five Fingers of Death onwards but died a death with Sacred Knives of Vengeance, becoming a fixture of the urban grindhouses.
  22. 5 points
    It was reference a lot in the black community during that time. And now it is widely reference around the world. Everybody loves kung fu fighting! Hell, Donald Trump's favorite movie of all time is Bloodsport, LMAO. Yes, that donald trump. Yang Gang!!
  23. 5 points
    and palestinians and hasidics from Brooklyn & north london. 😂
  24. 5 points
    I don't have the answer to your question, but if it had à Blu ray release, I would be on a cloud of happiness!!
  25. 5 points
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