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  1. Again, I wrote a few months ago that I would be happy to help out with subs but didn't get a reply. I'm a native English speaker and fluent in Mandarin Chinese and helped out with a few titles before for fans. Anyone knows who to contact? Michael
  2. Shoot! I thought I had mentioned on the forum before that I was willing to re-translate "Leg Fighters". Guess my post got lost somewhere. Anyway, if there's future interest, I'd be willing to help out with re-translation of these classic films. I'm a native English speaker (from the states) and fluent in Mandarin Chinese and I've helped out a few fans on the forum with their projects. Michael
  3. Nice! Can't wait to see the final product! BTW, had fun translating for the film. It's really a lost gem. Michael
  4. This is great news and definitely a lost gem in the Cathay collection! Also, out of nowhere, we see a familiar face in the middle of the film as an evil monk so look out for that part. Anyway, I'm originally from USA but now working and living in China, and I was asked to provide an English translation for the film and it was definitely a challenging but rewarding experience. Everything was given to me raw and without a script or even theatrical subtitles for reference, it required me to translate everything by ear, line by line. Some lines can be super difficult to hear due to the low quality audio so you have to repeat the audio several times while concentrating 110%. Unfortunately, this film also has several short songs in the film which are nearly impossible to translate without looking at the original Chinese lyrics. Luckily, out of pure luck, I was able to find a low quality screenshot of the film’s original soundtrack on vinyl being sold on a Chinese auction site which included lyrics to some of the songs on the back cover. Still not perfect but better than nothing. In total, I have lyrics to 6 of the 9 or so short songs in the film. Anyway, I’m doing the final touch ups and edits on the translation and it should be completed soon. Thanks to forum member NoKungFuForYu for supplying me the video.
  5. Thank you for your hard work. It truly displays your passion and deep dedication to the genre. I've known about this film for years but haven't had the time to watch it, mainly because there haven't been any good releases of this film. Anyway, were you able to work with true HD sources or was everything upscaled? Thank you!
  6. Several films in China have been postponed for "technical reasons" lately including the Hidden Blade and The 800 (which is China's first film be shot entirely in digital IMAX cameras). This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and it's pretty obvious that these two films pertain to themes during WW2 where they glorify the KMT, the former government of China. As a result, the Chinese government is more likely to show more harmonious-friendly films that showcases lighter or gloried aspects of China and the Party. My guess is that these films will eventually be released but very likely after Oct. 1st, 2019, which is the October National Holiday (AKA when 1.3 billion people all go on vacation for a week and is pure nightmare across the country). I was looking forward to Hidden because Xu Haofeng is definitely a fan of kung-fu films. And if you're a fan of old school kung-fu, he films long takes of fight sequences (more than 5 seconds) instead of the rapid quick cuts that are more common today that came from 90s HK kung-fu films. However, Hidden was previously screened about two years ago at an international film festival so there should be some reviews of it
  7. I actually met someone on Facebook and asked him this question. He was from South Africa and his father owned a movie theater in the 70s and played a bunch of kung-fu films. I asked him whatever happened to the prints and he said most of them were returned to the distributor because legally, the movie theater only had the rights to screen the films and cannot keep them. However, his father did have a few prints in his collection but sold them in the 90s when the kung-fu craze died down and his movie theater closed. What a pity. Michael
  8. Yeah, I remember it back in the mid 90s and I knew my friend's dad had a collection of kung-fu films on VHS. One of them was a "The Master Strikes" in Mandarin and it featured several extended scenes but mainly just dialogues that were cut from the current version. The Ocean Shores VHS and Crash Cinema DVD are the same cut. I have seen another version online on a Chinese website that features the same Mandarin dub but the same cut as the previous two. Anyway, there are a few quick abrupt edits that exists on all current versions if you look close enough where the extended dialogues once existed. Luckily, no added fights like some other kung-fu films.
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    One Cut of the Dead (2018)

    I really enjoyed this one and it was even better for me because I didn't watch any of the previews beforehand.
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    Zatoichi (Katsu era) English dubs?

    Yeah, I had the same question too when I first listened to Ted Thomas's interview. I would love to hear the English dubs as he mentioned enjoying working on the dubs for those films. BTW, there is a beautifully remastered bluray box of all the Zatoichi films (minus the one from 1989) from Criterion. Of course, there are no English dubs because Criterion likes to keep their releases true to the original, though they do sometimes include English dubs as in the case with Rashomon and Police Story.
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    What video games have you been playing

    And a million others are also waiting for this one too. Video games these days aren't your usual Super Mario Bros. or Pac Man. They are now cinematic visual experiences and have gone a long way since ping pong. BTW, that trailer was apparently edited by the director himself, Master Hideo Kojima. I can't wait!
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    What video games have you been playing

    Currently (in 2019) shuffling between a few video games. It's one of the ways that keeps me sane while working and living in China for almost 15 years! LOL Horizon Zero Dawn - bought this last year and played it for a week but was then persuaded by my co-worker to play God of War 4 instead. He was right. Now I'm getting back into it and it's great still. Main priority game now. Sekiro - never played the Dark Souls series but I'm really into Japanese culture. This one is freakin' hard! Be prepared to die 50-100 times fighting one boss! Gonna take my time with this one. No rush! Yoshi's Crafted World - this one on the Switch is mainly to entertain my 3-year-old daughter. She loves watching me play it for her. Blame me if my daughter grows up to be a gamer. LOL Heavy Rain - played a few hours but is somewhat dated compared to modern cinematic storytelling games. Probably will get back to it later. Previously played and finished in 2018: Red Dead Redemption 2 - I literally played this game for 2 months non-stop every night. Loved it! Sadly, the last two chapters stink because you no longer play the main character. Also, Rock Star is pushing all resources for their online game play. Detroit: Become Human - the latest cinematic storytelling game that truly pushes this genre to the next level. God of War 4 - never played the previous 3. This one is a masterpiece!
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    My Father...

    My condolences to you and your family for the loss of your father. He seemed like a great man and the world will miss him. I, too, got into kungfu films mainly because of my father (and mother also). My family survived the Vietnam War and were sponsored by Christian missionaries to relocate into the United States in the late 1970s. Life was tough for my parents because they were young refugees, didn't speak much English, didn't have a home or car and had to learn how to survive by going to school with American high school kids while working at some pretty junk places at night. However, one way for them to ease the pressures while living as immigrants in the US was watching Chinese films, especially kungfu films. For them, I guess they felt less alienated to see Asian faces on the screen. Actually, my parents improved their English mainly because of kungfu films through the English dub or subtitles (though often times poorly translated and cut off). Anyway, again, my condolences and wishing you and your family the strength to heal during in this time of mourning. Michael
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    Secret of Shaolin Poles is available in widescreen format (because I have it and it's one of my favorites) among private collectors (or online if you know where to find it). The print used was very likely a video master from the same time it was released on VHS in the late 70s or early 80s because it has the same look in terms of color and brightness/contrast as the Ocean Shores VHS. However, that specific video master from Jamal Projects was in anamorphic which meant it preserved the full widescreen picture in a 4x3 image (although squeezed). Luckily someone discovered this and used video software to unsqueeze the image. Unfortunately, there is no HD bluray of this classic film and the closest we ever got was its original trailer released in HD available on the Kung Fu Trailers of Fury bluray.
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    I got some customs from Jamal back in the day. A few years ago, he got access to some unreleased masters for several films in the defunct "Rarescope" collection and did a crowdfunding project. Also, he was offering one of my all time favorite films, Secret of Shaolin Poles, in widescreen format and I needed to get that one from him. I don't know where get got that master but I love it how some kungfu films were accidentally preserved in widescreen (4x3 squished) and with today's video editing software, we can go back and correct the aspect ratio. Unfortunately, still in VHS resolution but better than fullscreen puke and scam.
  16. Haha, almost got me there again. When I saw the advertisement for this 20th anniversary bluray copy, I knew something was little fishy. Maybe it was Simon Yuen's smiling face on the cover. LOL Anyway, I find it strange that HK video label Universe released several Joseph Kuo films on DVD in the past but have yet to release a few others such as Mystery of Chessboxing and Born Invincible.
  17. The Master Strikes is one of my favorites since a young kid and I would love to see this on 35mm especially in English. I've seen this in English and also in Mandarin (which I'm fluent in) and Cantonese (I can wing it if I need to) and surprisingly, the Chinese dubs are actually quite mediocre. It's one of those rare occasions when the English dub is superior because you can hear the dubbers actually enjoyed this wacky but fun film. BTW, my friend had this film on VHS which had a few extended scenes of dialogue (which I assume is a Taiwanese cut). No extended fights though. Unfortunately, my friend has no idea where that tape went. Bummer. Michael
  18. I love reading your stories. Your writing really reminds me when I was young in my teens (I'm 36 now) who was passionate for kungfu movies and films in general. I was nerdy then but nerdy for the best things in life. And I'm impressed with your technical knowledge because I was also interested in the technical aspects of films. When I was a teenager in the 90s, 35mm film was still standard but it was at the height of the digital audio format war. Dolby Digital vs. DTS vs. SDDS vs THX (although not an audio format [they were just using Dolby 5.1], these theaters were setup differently). Unlike today when we're spoiled with uncompressed lossless DTS Master or Dolby Atmos, all the movie theaters in my neighborhood were set up with different sound formats and I learned my stuff on yahoo (as google wasn't even around yet). Anyway, hope to hear more of your stories. Peace! Michael
  19. That's great to hear. I'm in my late 30s so I grew up watching kungfu films on pan and scan VHS before DVD and bluray. Fortunately, I was able to live through the final decades of 35mm film projection so I do remember how analog pictures looked like on a silver screen. Anyway, how big was the audience to the screenings? Lots of people showed up? Were people wild?
  20. Sorry to hear about that. Anyway, much would've it cost to do a transfer?
  21. Yeah, I think a lot of things in kungfu films couldn't be accepted these days. LOL But they are cinematic products that reflects the social norms accepted in their times. Again, the fights are great, the comedy is pretty bad but it was very likely a movie that was made on a tight budget in the shortest amount of days possible. This is no "Magnificent Butcher" production quality but we're to watch a fat guy kicking ass like Bruce Lee. Anyway, I find interesting is that the film was mainly an independent production so very likely master copies of this film (e.g. original camera negatives) in HK are gone but fortunately, it was released in Germany using an export 35mm print. I'm still waiting for someone to release "Born Invincible" on bluray someday.
  22. Did anyone go? If I was back in the states, I would've booked a flight ticket and hotel just to see these films. As far as I know, there was a rare 35mm print of "The Victim" screened a couple of years ago at a few festivals in the US that belonged to an avid kungfu film collector (who I think also has "Mystery of Chessboxing" and "7 Grandmasters" on 35mm and loans it out for screenings). Apparently, that print was so beat up that the guy had to perform surgery on it in order to show it (and warns audiences about the condition before screening). Wonder if this was the same print shown at the festival.
  23. I need to get this German bluray now! It's amazing how this classic just popped out of nowhere. My hats to these German companies for bringing out some rare and classic HK/Taiwan kungfu films. Anyway, the first time I saw it was the Crash VHS (!!!) back in the day. Terrible video quality but at least in full 2.35:1 widescreen.
  24. 35mm print? Nice. I'm curious though, how bad is the condition? Missing frames? Severe damage at reel changes? Faded colors? Actually, I have seen some crazy fans who have made customs from 35mm prints by doing some really crude DIY in the backyard ghetto style method (vs. a real movie film scanner which costs a lot of money) such as putting the print on a digital scanner or 35mm photo scanner, scanning each frame one by one and uploading the files to the computer to a video editing software. I've seen another method (perhaps with one the Star Wars fan customs) where they used a DSLR to photograph each frame of the 35mm print while illuminated by a light-bulb or something. Michael
  25. If anyone is wondering why the Japanese bluray of "18 Bronzemen" has a different cut compared to the original Taiwanese cut is because the director, Joseph Kuo, stated in an Taiwanese interview that when it was released in Japan, he decided to go back and film scenes with the kid character to specifically for the Japanese audiences. Apparently, the idea worked and the film was successful in Japan. Unfortunately, that means the version currently available on bluray is the Japanese cut with the added scenes (along with a terribly remixed soundtrack). My apologies if this has been answered on the thread before. Michael