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Dragon Ma

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  1. Apologies if this already exists, I searched for one but could not find it. A couple of years ago I did a piece on my blog about this curious sub-genre, I've always loved this genre, the films were never that great but the actresses were game usually rose above the material through sheer personality. Yukari Oshima. Moon Lee. Michiko Nishiwaki. Cynthia Khan. Kara Hui Ying Fong. Let this thread be a memorial to those women who briefly lit a fire. For those interested, that piece can be seen here https://cinematichorizons.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/fists-of-doom-sammos-angels/
  2. I don't know if this is the right forum but I came across the trailer for this film, it looked like your usual teen drama only with underground fighting, maybe if Isaac Florentine had directed it, it might look more promising. Here's the trailer for those who are still interested. http://www.themoviebox.net/movies/2008/NOPQR/Never-Back-Down/trailer.php
  3. I did a couple of written articles for my blog a couple of years ago about the evolution of women in Martial Arts. https://cinematichorizons.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/fists-of-doom-and-god-created-angela-mao/ https://cinematichorizons.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/fists-of-doom-sammos-angels/
  4. I quite liked this, Sammo's version of Man on Fire. He delivers a really affecting performance, it's not wall to wall fights but what there is, is pretty damn good. Andy Lau as a shiftless loser was an interesting change of pace.
  5. I honestly thought Raging Phoenix was great, her fight with the villainess was terrifically brutal.
  6. They certainly didn't waste any time, who is he going to fight next? Bruce Lee's ghost?
  7. Jackie got the surprise of his life when, at a tribute for him, he was reunited with the original members of his stunt crew. So many emotions. http://www.sunnyskyz.com/happy-videos/5652/Jackie-Chan-Hasn-t-Seen-His-Original-Stunt-Team-In-Decades-Then-Realizes-They-re-All-Standing-Behind-Him#ByPVIaIZHEbuGoex.01
  8. I did a massive write-up of these films on my filmblog and it was interesting to watch this series evolve from Stray Cat Rock to Delinquent Girl Boss to the Girl Boss series with Reiko Ike and Miki Sugimoto. I'm currently at work on doing a followup on the Reiko Ike/ Miki Sugimoto era. Is anyone a fan of these movies? https://cinematichorizons.wordpress.com/2015/07/25/stray-cats-delinquent-girls-the-first-wave-of-pink-violence-films/ It's also interesting to see how the films get more sleazy and violent as they go on.
  9. Book of Heroes still remains my favorite Yukari movie, it also has a 10 year old beating up five men and smashing a bottle over one guy's head.
  10. That is some crazy ass hair she's sporting, why do they always get some out of shape guy off the street to be her punching bag.
  11. This has always been a favorite of mine, Yukari and Kara make a fun team, this also has Yukari dress up like a fifties greaser to sexually harass a young woman. /url]
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    Blade of the Immortal (2017)

    I'm a huge fan of the manga so I'm looking forward to this.
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    Wild City (2015) - Ringo Lam, Louis Koo

    It was a pretty solid action movie, I thought but mostly due to Lam's directing, the plot was pretty standard but Lam managed to inject some interesting commentary on the length's people will go to for greed.
  14. Redeemer was a simple but effective martial arts film, the Noah Segan drug kingpin scenes really should've been deleted though.
  15. Dorothy B Hughes The Cross-Eyed Bear Murders, it's not bad, it has an interesting heroine.
  16. This reminds me of Swordsman 2, I initially dismissed it as fantasy nonsense but I realised that there was alot more going on under the surface in regards to issues of gender and politics. You realise at the end, they just replaced one despot with another.
  17. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate was visually amazing, probably Hark's best looking film in ages. It's too bad they only have the dubbed version on Netflix because good lord, it's some of the worst dubbing I've heard since the seventies boom.
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    The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2015) - New Tsui Hark Movie!

    It takes awhile to get there but the finale is a hell of alot of fun. Lord Hawk feels like a Dick Tracy villain.
  19. For those interested, I wrote two long articles about women in kung-fu films. For me, it always be Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima, the dynamic duo of fighting. https://cinematichorizons.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/fists-of-doom-and-god-created-angela-mao/ https://cinematichorizons.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/fists-of-doom-sammos-angels/
  20. I have to give full credit to Asami during that blood soaked naked fight scene, it's a pity she didn't fight the woman instead.
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    Delinquent Girl Boss series...

    Thanks for the corrections, much appreciated. I already reviewed the film's in the Panik House Pinky Violence set which included Criminal Woman: Killing Melody, Terrifying High School Girls: Lynch Law Classroom, Delinquent Girl Boss: Worthless to Confess & Girl Boss: Guerilla on my blog, they can be found under the month of January 2014, I think.
  22. Tyson challenging Ip Man on the basis of speed makes me laugh, he's a bruiser, not Muhammed Ali.
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    Delinquent Girl Boss series...

    I finished the followup article on the Reiko Ike/Miki Sugumoto era. It's quite long and some of the clips probably should include trigger warnings, but I'd love to hear your feedback, I do love this trashy exploitation series. Reiko is the Japanese Pam Grier. https://cinematichorizons.wordpress.com/2015/10/02/girl-boss-blues-the-second-wave-of-pink-violence-films/
  24. Executioners of Shaolin. I was highly impressed with this effort from Lau Kar Leung, just excellent fight scenes and camerawork from Pops, it felt like he was given an actual budget to work with.
  25. Jet Li's Badge of Fury. This really was kind of a nonsense film with a cameo of every martial arts actor you can think of (except Donnie Yen, he wisely steered clear of this one). The Jet Li/Wu Jing fight was the best part of the film.