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About AbeRudder

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  1. There have been muay thai boxers like Kaoklai and Changpuek who fought much much bigger western kickboxers. I don't think its that much of a stretch. Bruce fought Kareem in Game of Death and Kareem was 7'2 225 lbs.
  2. I enjoyed it, i'd hardly call it a masterpiece of any kind and it had a lot of flaws but it was the type of action film i've been waiting for donnie to do for a while. It basically played out like an old school kung film with a modern twist. The fighting did a good job of giving classical kung fu a more visceral feel. It was one of the few modern day films that actually blended martial arts with the storyline effectively as well. I agree that the wirework was entirely unnecessary and detracted from the fighting a bit and there were a few parts of the film which were pretty stupid like when the entire film crew flees from one guy with a knife or the bit at the end where donnie and the bad guy were crawling under passing semi trailers. They pushed it into the realm of absurdity too far a few times which wasn't needed at all, they could have kept it lower key.
  3. That's awesome, he's been pumping out excellent action scenes on youtube for years. Glad to see that he is finally getting some recognition.
  4. Back in the 70s up till the 90s there were an insane number of films being pumped out by hong kong and that's where the legendary figures of the kung fu genre learned their craft. It took a few films for Jackie to hit his stride creatively, same with LKL, Sammo, YWP etc. At the moment the studios seem more intent on making a few bigger budget films per year so they are more adverse to hiring new talents and giving them creative freedom. Guys like LKL who completely controlled the way a fight scene was shot can't work like that anymore. At least that's how I see it.
  5. AbeRudder

    10 of the best martial-arts movies since 1980

    Some good films there but a pretty random assortment of films, it seems the author only saw a handful of old school flicks and listed all the ones he saw. He missed out a ton of classic films....
  6. AbeRudder

    Lets reflect on SPL (2005)

    SPL was the start of the Donnie Yen renaissance period but i definitely think it was Ip man that got him international exposure. I'd easily rate it as one of the best HK action films to come out in the last 15 years. His fight with Wu Jing in the alley way is still one of the best fights of all time imo. The end fight with Sammo started out really well with the kickboxing but got kind of over the top with the grappling towards the end, i think Flashpoint was a significant step up in that department.
  7. Surprised some of Seagal's output has not been mentioned, his straight to DVD stuff destroys some of the Thai films in terms of badness. At least thai films have good action scenes. There are a lot of crappy MMA films out there at the moment too. Anyway, the worst ones that ive seen are; Submerged Flight of Fury Never Surrender Spy Next Door Man With the Iron Fists Dead or Alive
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    Tom Yum Goong 2 (2013)

    He's not a main character but he gets a decent bit of air time. He has a brief-ish fight with Tony. I thought he was ok as the villian but they obviously needed to cover his lack of fighting skill with a lot of editing.
  9. AbeRudder

    Tom Yum Goong 2 (2013)

    Just watched it myself. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit though i will say that it's a completely ridiculous movie and is quite derivative of his previous films. There is a ton of action in it and the plot while being ridiculous keeps moving at a good pace and doesn't take up too much space. Tony's fights with the big black dude (Crump?) were exceptional. The main issues i had were that the CGI 'stunts' that were put in looked really awkward and out of place and the green screen they used made a lot of the scenes really weird looking. The bike scene fell victim to this even though it was a great chase scene, some of the CGI moments were just out of place in a Jaa film. The very end fight where Tony is protecting the elephant was kind of weak compared to the rest of the action in the film, pretty much all of RZA's fights were lackluster.
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    Special ID (2013)

    Just watched it in full, i thought it was passable but nothing to write home about. Everything aside from the fighting was pretty poor, i had no interest in any of the characters, the acting was pure cheese and the pacing felt awkward. Even Donnie who i usually don't mind as an actor was pretty bad, it seemed like he tried to add a comedic (?) element to his usual character and it didn't work at all. I did enjoy the action for the most part with the exception of the Ken Lo fight which was weird. Donnie's fights were well done i thought, his portrayal of grappling was an improvement from Flashpoint. I'd put it around a 5 or 6 out of ten, while the action was good there wasn't enough of it to wash away the shitty storyline.
  11. The 80s Mainland films had a lot of great scenery particularly Martial Arts of Shaolin with Jet Li. Of Cooks and Kung Fu had some nice views in it from memory.
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    Five Fighters from Shaolin (1984)

    Yeah the fighting in this one is superb. The taiwan flicks always seemed to have insane acrobatics in their fights. William Yen and Chiang Sheng made a good combo.
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    Special ID (2013)

    Managed to get a hold of a crappy copy with bad sound so i just skipped to the fights. Just flicking through it looks like a kinda dumb film but i'll withhold judgement until i get a good DVD. The Ken Lo fight was weird and generally pretty horrible. I really don't know what they were going for with this scene, it was a weird mix between humour and seriousness and it didn't work at all. The brawl midway through the film was excellent though it was a little short. Not much to say here. I understand why some folks didn't enjoy the end fight but i enjoyed it quite a bit. I think Donnie is getting the hang of depicting grappling exchanges on film, the way he choreographed the wrestling exchanges and transitions was well done and a large improvement on those in Flashpoint. He's the only guy that makes that stuff look good on film in my opinion. The problem with his mma stuff is that submissions just randomly seem to happen which looks kind of silly to me, there are a lot of subtleties to a submission hold and he always bypasses them which kills any sort of suspense he could get out of it. I found that bit where he turns the fight around with the standing arm triangle to be pretty lame but otherwise i liked it. I would have liked more kickboxing exchanges though, Donnie has such a cool style with that.
  14. Bruce still looks athletic and muscular, he may be thin but he looks like a fighter. I guess my criticism of Zhang could extend to someone like Moon Lee. But In her case even though she is very dainty once she started fighting it was totally convincing in my opinion. I mean obviously she would never be able to pull that off in real life but from an on screen perspective it was convincing and i am able to suspend my disbelief. If Moon couldn't pull of the fight scenes the way she did it would be silly trying to sell her as an action hero.
  15. I think the point is that it's not particularly convincing to have her playing a martial arts master when it looks like a strong breeze could knock her over.