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  1. DrNgor

    Fist of Unicorn (1973)

    It has its share of supporters. The review I read at the HKMDB was fairly positive, too.
  2. Challenge of the Tiger (Hong Kong, 1980: Bruce Le) - This is one of two globe-hopping kung fu movies that Bruce Le did with schlock producer Dick Randall's (Pieces and Don't Open till Christmas) assistance. The other one was Ninja Strikes Back (1982). This is a James Bondian tale of two CIA agents (Bruce Lee and Marco Polo's Richard Harrison) teaming up to find the formula to a chemical that produces sterility--which was the plot of On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Also trying to get the formula is the Spanish mafia and the Viet Cong, led by Legendary Superkicker Hwang Jang Lee. The chase takes our heroes from Spain to Hong Kong and finally to Macau, where they storm a manufacturing facility staffed by Asian guys in karate gis (sound like any Bruce Lee movie you know?). More than the fights, most viewers will remember this movie most for the near-pornographic quantity of female flesh on display here. Bruce Le's approach to the material seems to be: "If I can't out-fight the real Bruce Lee, I'll simply out-sleaze him." Most infamous is the scene that introduces Richard Harrison's character: he drives up to his mansion, where the gate is opened by a topless woman. We then cut to him playing tennis...with a pair (or trio) of topless women...in slow motion. Lots of bouncing there. We then cut to his swimming pool, where there are three or four more naked women, swimming, taking showers, sunbathing, or running buck naked into the pool. The fighting isn't bad by Bruce Le standards. He's fast and agile here, and he does a few decent jumping front kicks. He's outshone by Hwang Jang Lee, who kicks up a storm, albeit without any of his trademark aerial kicks. Hwang does do a nice move where he side kicks his opponent, misses, bends his leg at the knee and back kicks the person. Bolo Yeung also shows up for a couple of scenes. On the stunt casting scene, former peplum actor Brad Harris shows up as a Spanish mob enforcer. He briefly scuffles with Bolo, allowing us to see Hercules vs. the Chinese Hercules. He then squares off with Bruce Le at the end, but loses relatively quickly. This isn't a very *good* movie, but if you like boobs and beatings, this should be your cup of tea.
  3. DrNgor

    Fist of Unicorn (1973)

    I finally sat down to watch this. It's not very good, and suffers from some really bad pacing issues. Unicorn Chan doesn't even fight until about 54 minutes into the film. I was hoping that it would be better than "typical early 70s basher," but it isn't. Yasuaki Kurata, Whang In-Sik and Ji Han-Jae rise above the rest of the cast, but Whang is woefully misused and Ji shows up in a single cameo to kick and throw people around, and then disappears. Had he teamed up with Unicorn for the finale, I might be better disposed toward the film. And the film gives us not one, but two annoying characters that studder: the lecherous Chin Ti and a young Mars. And the scene with Chin Ti and the hookers is pretty uncomfortable, for multiple reasons. Those first two prostitutes that Chin insults might not have been minors, but they sure looked like they were. And then the tranvestite...and the mere idea of Chin Ti having sex...*shudders* Unicorn Chan isn't very convincing as an action hero--and to think that he had choreographed about a half-dozen films before starring in this. I look at him and can't help but see him getting knocked out the Italian in Way of the Dragon ("Jimmy! Jimmy!" "Ah Lung! It's always *Ah Lung!*"). The last time I saw Unicorn Chan was in one of his last films: the 1983 Taiwanese/Korean co-production Shaolin Drunk Fighter, where he plays a supporting villain. By that point, he wasn't so much a "has-been" as a "never-was."
  4. Makes me wonder if that sort of thing, plus her constant objectification in movies, made her more than willing to retire to get married.
  5. Watched it last night. A very insubstantial film with a very brief running time (75 minutes) and a lot of fight scenes. Sadly, the title doesn't deliver on its promise of having Ip Man (played by an actor who looks like a combination of Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Collin Chou, with a dash of David Chiang) take on Andy, Aaron, Jacky and Leon in hand-to-hand combat. The other four kings also don't figure a whole lot into the film very much, either. In the script, Ip Man must defeat four martial artists--a gambler, a prostitute, a cook and a drunk--in order to get the tokens to enter British territory where the bad guys reside. The way the story is told, you think he could've simply entered by beating people up. Not only is Ip Man's look ripped off from The Grand Master, but two of the fights are as well. The film opens with Ip Man taking on a bunch of gangsters in slow motion in the rain, although no explanation is given. Ip must simply like beating up people while risking a case of pneumonia. Later on, there's a wing chun vs. bagua zhang fight in slow motion on a staircase, which closely resembles Tony's fight with Zhang Ziyi from the aforementioned film. Most of the action is composed of quick cuts and stylish camerawork, sort of a case of all sizzle and no steak. The last fight against the villain's main lackey is pretty good, the opponent being a good martial artist in his own right. In the end, it might be worth watching once, but I doubt a lot of people will feel the need for subsequent viewings.
  6. A subbed version has been uploaded to Youtube:
  7. DrNgor

    Seeking martial arts film

    Glad to be of service! And welcome, @Warmonk
  8. DrNgor

    Seeking martial arts film

    That would be DYNASTY (1977) with Dorian Tan Tao-Liang.
  9. The print I watched had the exploding dog, but was missing Shirley Corrigan's nudity.
  10. Here's a review from the old Kung Fu Cinema site, by Rudolph Praetorius:
  11. My Young Auntie (Hong Kong, 1981: Lau Kar-Leung) - You know, I like this a lot more than Legendary Weapons of China. There's more action, much of which is weapons based: dao and shuang dao, kwan do, pole, spear, butterfly swords, some chain whip, and a lot of great jian (two-edged straight sword) work from Kara Hui Ying-Hung. This is probably her best overall showcase and she knocks it out of the park. Hsiao Ho isn't far behind and both actors are better served by this movie than by Legendary Weapons of China, which has them spend much of the first half throwing darts at each other before Lau Kar-Leung steps up to the plate. There's a great came by Kwan Yung-Moon, the Mad Korean, as a high-kickig qigong master. Lau Kar-Leung doesn't let loose until the finale, but he tries to work every hung gar form in her repertoire into the action, including the Lau family monkey form, which isn't to be confused with tai shing pek kwar that Chen Kuan Tai practiced. Great film overall.
  12. I watched this film today. It was pretty good, although it enters that conundrum where the story is a lot more ambitious than that of Way of the Dragon, which obviously inspired it, but it also means that when this movie flubs, it flubs hard. Bruce Leung continues to marvel with his kicks: higher, faster and crisper than anyone was doing in 1974, except maybe Tan Tao-Liang, whose career was only beginning to take off at this point. The final fight with Yasuaki Kurata is good, although there is a lot of running and the scenery switch from Rome to a snow-covered hill is a bit baffling. It doesn't reach the heights of Leung's best finales, like Call Me Dragon and Little Superman, though. Some other observations: - the machine gun at the end has an unlimited clip of bullets; - Shirley Corrigan's face after she gets shot is goofy; - the two cars at the end weren't that far away from each other. There was more than enough time to run down the main bad guy; - Did Gordon Mitchell stash a sub-machine gun atop the tower *knowing* that they might get engaged in hand-to-hand combat that would eventually lead there? - I wish the film had explained better the fact that both female characters had been hired to betray Leung at some point; - If you were a hitman who was hiding behind a large object 10 feet away from your target, why would you step out from behind and walk within three or four feet before shooting? - When Bruce Leung steps off the plane in Rome with Maria D'Incoronato on his arm, she looks fairly attractive in that 70s way, but then she dons the ugliest pair of BIG 70s glasses I've had the displeasure of seeing.
  13. DrNgor

    SPECTRE (James Bond - 2015)

    SPECTRE (2015) - It's pretty astonishing that a movie whose budget was estimated to be between 250 and 300 million dollars could bring you so little bang for your buck. It's also astonishing that after the great SKYFALL and the magnificent CASINO ROYALE, that such an underwhelming 007 movie could be made. The EEVIL plot is very reminiscent of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, which came out the year before, but switching Hydra with Spectre. Speaking of the name Spectre, the revelation of the organization's name is so casual--they don't even bother to tell us what it's an acronym for: Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion--and barely mentioned again that I wonder why they even bothered. And yes, this film has some of the least interesting action in a 007 film since THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974), and at least that one had a young Yuen Qiu beating people up with kung fu. There's really no excuse for the action to be this perfunctory. The set-up's are there, but the execution lacks any OOMPH at all. In the end, I think I cared less for this one than I did QUANTUM OF SOLACE, and I know a lot of people hate that one. That one had a few good fight scenes, a couple of good character moments, Olga Kurylenko, and a great final scene. This one has a great opening song, some good performances and great production values, but doesn't know what to do with them.
  14. DrNgor

    Name that movie!

    Perhaps The Challenge aka The Sword of the Ninja? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Challenge_(1982_film)