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    The Eureka! Kung-Fu Cinema Blu-ray Thread

    Since Eureka's porting over the HKL extras, why not just use the old HKL translations? Are they inaccurate?
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    Looking for: Sudden Shock! Monster Bus (1988)

    Also known as Riki Takeuchi vs Darth Vader: I have a remastered TV rip. Anyone interested in helping chip in for a translation? I've always wanted to, but can't afford it by myself. This movie's loads of fun, culminating with a fight on top of a moving bus.
  3. https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/wushu-watch-dojo-storming-for-a-better-tomorrow " Xu Xiaodong [the MMA fighter] wasn't born a better fighter than Wei Lei [the Tai Chi master] or any other Chinese martial arts master. He became a better fighter by fighting, and that is the part that so many traditional martial arts purists struggle to deal with. A blacksmith learns to make horseshoes by making a thousand rubbish horseshoes. An artist learns to draw by trying his best a thousand times and producing nothing but fractionally improving garbage. Why would fighting be any different? You don't have to take professional fights to get better at fighting, but you do have to struggle against the will of other people regularly. This so called 'aliveness' in training is what makes people better and prepares people for the worst. But Wei Lei had a set idea of what he was going to do coming in and so did the famous kiai-jutsu master who was easily drubbed in a challenge match a few years back: "
  4. He's not even a half-decent MMA fighter, but it doesn't take much to beat traditional martial arts 'masters' with no grappling/striking that's practical in a real fight.
  5. 1981, but close enough: The Chinese Stuntman Finale- Bruce Li vs Sze Ma Lung One of the few old-school movies that displays how exhausting real fighting is. Both fighters are visibly worn out and breathing heavily by the end. If we're going strictly 70's then I always felt the ring fights/Angela Mao's training in The Tournament had a very practical martial arts approach - minus the part where the secret to defeating Muay Thai is a drop kick. The movie was based on real events from 1970s HK, when Chinese kung fu was coming to grips with the effectiveness of Muay Thai.
  6. I vote for option E; Sammo Hung.
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    Roger Ebert's Hong Kong Movie Reviews

    My favorite Ebert review of a Hong Kong film- http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/infra-man-1976 "When they stop making movies like Infra-Man, a little light will go out of the world." Truer words were never spoken...
  8. Wait, what? The Tai Seng version is cut? Gordon Liu with double swords? This is the most shocking news I've heard all year... But the best, too! Fists and Guts is one of my favorite kung fu movies and now it got that much better. Merry Christmas, everyone.
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    What Johnnie To movies should I seek next?

    He clearly states he makes films like Needing You to finance the films he really enjoys. Again, I'm not going to pretend like none of To's rom-coms are good. However, the majority are meddling commercial affairs whose main drawing points are the pretty faces of Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng. Now, to be clear, I consider Andy Lau a good actor, but for most of the To rom-coms he's just going through the motions, collecting a paycheck. So is Johnnie. You can say they're incomparable because To/Kai-Fai's work is "more light-weight commercial fare," but to me that just sounds like an excuse because their work isn't as daring, as smart, and as good. These are all mainstream films we're talking about; not arthouse affairs. To reiterate, To and Kai-Fai have made good rom-com's, but not to the point where it's a travesty when people don't fully immerse themselves in their light-weight commercial fare. Most are designed to be disposable entertainment, and even among the better ones, superior HK genre offerings can be found elsewhere. Want a real travesty? Compared to something like The Blind Detective, not nearly as many people have seen My Name is Fame.
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    What Johnnie To movies should I seek next?

    They're definitely not Mainland pandering, since Drug War was the first one aimed at Mainland audiences, but the Milkyway rom-coms are definitely "works for hire" done to pay the bills. Johnnie To said so himself, during a 2001 interview with Senses of Cinema: I'm not going to argue and say To and Wa Kai Fai can't make a good rom-com -- I enjoyed watching Needing You and Fantasia -- but most are forgettable fluff. All the sure-fire signs of a HK cash-grab are there, from the rushed productions made specifically for the Chinese New Year (Wu Yen, Love For All Seasons), to the overuse of a famous celebrity like Sammi Cheng (Yesterday Once More, Romancing in Thin Air, etc), who draws the eyeballs but is a sub-par actress. They're not even the best from the oughts. I'd mention Just One Look, b420, and Crazy n' the City before To and Fai's offerings. Or I'd just recommend Pang Ho-Cheung's filmography.
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    Iron Dragon Strikes Back

    The final fight between Sze-Ma "Shaking Eagle" Lung and Bruce Li in the Chinese Stuntman is just as epic as The Iron Dragon Strikes Back finale. Definitely check that out, along with The Lama Avenger, Bruce and the Iron Hand and Soul Brothers of Kung Fu. Here's something I wrote about Bruce Li a while back:
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    Lesson Of The Evil (2012)

    I don't see it having that kind of impact. Aside from the end massacre, the film lacks any iconic scenes. And the ending -- while long and brutal -- is basically just a man with a shotgun mowing down defenseless schoolchildren. The shock factor is there but there's no intricacy to the action choreography, nor are salient political statements made. Battle Royale satirized a variety of different issues but not limited to: censorship, the Japanese education system, militaristic values, and reality television. Lesson of Evil is really just about a very disturbed individual doing very disturbing things. Expanding on my point about iconic scenes, by my count Battle Royale has at least five: 1) The opening sequence, including the following: the on-screen text with Giuseppe Verdi and Masamichi Amano's soundtrack playing in the background, the previous Battle Royale winner smiling while drenched in blood, and the yearbook photo of Kitano sitting with his high school class. 2) The rules meeting leading all the way up to Kiriyama's first massacre. Too many memorable things to mention here but some of them are: the rules explanation given by Kitano and the enthusiastic TV presenter, Kiriyama and Kawada's introduction, Kitano killing the first highschooler, the first highschooler killing another highschooler, Kiriyama killing a bunch of highschoolers, etc. This 15 minute stretch goes by so fast it feels like 5 minutes; Kinji Fukasaku and Takeshi Kitano are at the top of their games here. 3) Schoolgirl shootout in lighthouse: great action set piece. 4) Takako Chigusa gets her face impaled, madness ensues. (Chiaki Kuriyama's entire career post-Battle Royale has been based on this one scene.) 5) Final showdown with Kiriyama: great action set piece. I've shown the final massacre in Lesson to Evil to people and they've all been glued to their seats, but that's just because high school kids are getting their brains blown off. And as someone who remembers seeing Battle Royale for the first time because a VCD of it was being passed around the boy's locker room back in middle school, I struggle to see Lesson of Evil reaching that level of impact. Partly because Battle Royale already did it first, but mainly because Battle Royale was more than just high school kids getting offed.
  13. I really, really hope A Man Called Tiger isn't the censored Joy Sales print. Of all the titles in the collection, A Man Called Tiger needs a decent release the most. Every release of that film has something wrong with it - whether it's cuts (some versions have 30+ minutes hacked away!), or altered soundtracks (No, replacing a soundtrack with James Bond music is not a good idea).
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    Rare English Subbed Mainland Movies for Trade

    Added The Godly Beggar to the list of subbed Mainland movies I have.
  15. Hey, I have the following subtitled Mainland movies for trade: Demon Emperor Cheng Yaojin (Martial Arts) Ghosts, Demons and Lovers (Martial Arts) A Real Hero (Action, Comedy) Girl Fortune Teller (Action) Robber of Bailing (Martial Arts) Boundless Snow, Broken Hearts (Martial Arts) Heroes Returning to the East (Martial Arts) A Gunshot's Revenge (Action) The Godly Beggar (Martial Arts) These are the movies I'm looking for: China: Young Heroes aka Little Heroes (subbed) Super Revengent Monk (subbed) Bloodshed in Hong Kong aka Bloody Incident in Hong Kong (subbed) Taiwan: Run away aka ce ma ru lin (1984, subbed) Requital (118 min. version) Hong Kong: Flash Future Kung Fu aka Health Warning (subbed) Japan: No More God, No More Love (subbed) If you have any of these movies, pm me.