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  1. Another day, another video store going out of business. This time, I picked up for 3 BRL (or 0.75 USD) a piece: Snake Fist Fighter Shaolin Temple New Fist of Fury Five Deadly Venoms Young Master Heart of Dragon Police Story 2 Prince of the Sun Dr. Wei and the Scripture with No Words Man Called Hero Lethal Weapon 4 Shaolin Soccer Kiss of the Dragon The One Blade 2 New Police Story Rob-B Hood Moonlight Sword and Jade Lion Divergence Spiritual Kung Fu
  2. I therefore challenge the Search Engine to draw its doubled straight sword, or jian, and duel with my double-crescent halberd.
  3. Clash (2009) - My first Vietnamese martial arts film, and I have to say that I enjoyed it well. Johnny Tri Nguyen is both a talented martial artist and a surprisingly good choreographer, with a better eye for hit/block exchanges than Panna Rittikrai was. Lots of flying scissor take-downs and MMA thrown in, which all looks great. He has some good aerial kicks, too. Veronica Ngo was a revelation. If it's true that she had no formal MA training, than gosh darn! That woman is a fast learner and natural talent. She looks good in her fight scenes and the woman is beautiful--she looks like a Vietnamese Akiko Wakabayashi (Aki from You Only Live Twice) to me. The movie had a story I could follow (shades of Hard Boiled and Kiss of the Dragon there) and the action was commendable.
  4. Inspector Wears Skirts 3 (Hong Kong, 1990: Wellson Chin) - aka Raid on the Royal Casino Marine - This is probably the least viewed of the four films in this particular series, and with (arguably) good reason. The premise is simple: criminals have stolen dozens of guns from under the police's collective noses, and the Superintendent decides to set up the Super Policewoman (Ba Wong Fa--the name of the film series) program again. Madam Wu (Sibelle Hu, in what is essentially an extended cameo) has retired after marrying Officer Kan (Stanley Fung), and the latter is tasked with training the girls. Those include Amy (Sandra Ng); big-breasted Susanna (Amy Yip); May (Kara Hui Ying-Hung); Sandy (Yip San), whose character is defined by her body odor; and another girl (Wong Wai-Kei), who has no personality trait whatsoever. Officer Kan and his assistant (Billy Lau) torture the girls into shape. They board a casino cruise, where some robbers plan on robbing the big 200-million-dollar gambling championship event on the ship. The first forty-minutes or so is KOMEDY based around Kan tormenting his female pupils, physically and mentally. During this segment, there's an extended gag involving Jason and A Chinese Ghost Story. When the story moves onto the cruise ship, we get a God of Gamblers subplot and a romance subplot about Sandra Ng falling for Shing Fui-On. The action begins in the last 20 minutes, in which the terrorists mow down quite a few innocent people. Madam Wu suddenly swoops in and takes out most of the terrorists, Under Siege style. There's precious little action in this film, and it's all reserved for the end. Most of the martial arts comes from Chui Ying-Jat, a Korean superkicker on par with the likes of Ken Lo and Ben Lam. I thought he was Ken Lo a few times during the film. He takes on all the girls simultaneously and looks good doing it. Sadly, despite this being a Girls 'n Guns film (of sorts), the girls are mostly useless, including Kara Hui. She's the only real martial artist among the protagonists and she trades a few blows, but fails to do anything really interesting. A waste of talent and, ultimately, a waste of time.
  5. For the first half of the 2000s, Hong Kong action cinema was certainly at its nadir. I mean, how could action-less films like INFERNAL AFFAIRS, PRINCESS D, and ONE NITE IN MONGKOK get nominated for Best Action Design? Things perked up after SPL, although it mainly deposited the burden squarely on Donnie's shoulders, and, to a lesser extent, Wu Jing's.
  6. Twins Mission (2007) - The last action/MA film starring the Twins (up to this point) is a real mixed bag. That is to say, everything about the film except for the fight choreography is awful. The CGI is atrocious, the plot is nonsensical, the comedy is unfunny, and the script has every indication that it was written by people with mental problems. The gist of the movie is that some super-rich archaeologist has hired a criminal organization made of twins to steal an ancient Tibetan artifact known as Heaven's Bead in order to use as a bargaining chip to get a rich lady to sell her mansion so he can build a lucrative financial center on the property. Sammo Hung and Wu Jing are lamas tasked with recovering the artifact, and they recruit Yuen Wah and three pairs of twins (including the Twins: Charlene Choi and Gilian Chung) to help them get it back. That sounds sort of straight forward, but the presentation is anything but. There are other subplots: Sam Lee investigating the murder of a guy who was forced to swallow rats; a sex toy store owner who comes into possession of Heaven's Bead; Wu Jing's brother dying of cancer; Wu Jing falling in love with rich girl; Yuen Wah promising McD's to the Twins. Heck, the Twins don't even do anything related to the story until the second half of the movie; they have two scenes early on in which they argue over a picture of David Copperfield, but just that. Kill me now. The fighting was a lot of fun. The are four fight scenes total. The first one has Sammo and Wu Jing fighting the assassins on a train. The second one has them fighting the same assassins in a mall. The third one has Gillian Chung fighting off the assassins in the same mall, including a sequence where her and Charlene Choi do some wire-assisted circus acrobatics. The finale is a free-for-all, which inclues Yuen Wah vs. Yuen Wah, and then Sammo Hung vs. Yuen Wah. Wu Jing arguably performs better under the action direction of Benz Kong and Tsui Siu-Ming than he tends to under Nicky Li Chung Chi. He does a bit of escrima at the end while fighting off dozens of security guards. Sammo Hung participates in three fight scenes and does fine for his age and girth, although he gets more wired up at the end. The same goes for Yuen Wah, who plays two roles (good and bad). Yuen Wah can still fight, although he uses more wires and doubles than he might have in Kung Fu Hustle. But there are a lot of good exchanges of punches, kicks and blocks between our heroes and the kung fu-fighting twin assassins. Kudos goes to the filmmakers for finding so many twins who knew how to fight. There's enough good stuff on display that I was able to forgive the more over-the-top moments of the finale, although mileage will definitely vary. At least it doesn't clash with the tone of the film, like the finale of SPL 2.
  7. And the award goes to Dante Lam for OPERATION RED SEA!
  8. I’m now working on compiling volume of my collection of reviews of as many Chinese action movies as possible: The Kung Fu Fandom Guide to Modern Chinese Action Cinema (1982 – 2000) Included in this volume are reviews of: - Stunt and fight-driven action movies of the Jackie Chan/Sammo Hung mold; - Bullet Ballet/Heroic Bloodshed movies; - Girls n’ Guns films; - Hopping Vampire and horror-action movies; - Triad films; - Some other odds and ends. NOT included in this volume are: - Period fantasies (a lá A Chinese Ghost Story); - Wire-fu movies—both kung fu and wuxia—from the 1990s; - Cut ‘n Splice films from IFD or Filmark. All of those will be handled in separate, later volumes. So far, I’ve gleaned as much as I can from the Kung Fu Fandom Board as it stands, plus some odds and ends from the B-Masters Cabal (Stomp Tokyo; Teleport City; The Unknown Movies; Cold Fusion Video; and You Call Yourself a Scientist). While I’m pretty sure I can get all the rest from the darkest corners of the internet if need be, I’d like to invite you all to take a look, identify films that aren’t included, and watch and review them. They can be a short review (at the “What Was the Last Modern Film…”) or a full-fledged review. You don’t need to say anything to me; just watch, write and post. I’ll be sure to pick it up and insert it into the book. There are a few movies that I’m reserving for my own remarks, like Dragons Forever; Wheels on Meals; My Father is a Hero; A Better Tomorrow 2; and some others. So don’t be (too) surprised if something that you posted doesn’t show up in the final copy. The Kung Fu Fandom Guide to Modern Chinese Action Cinema.pdf
  9. The late Venerated Horror Film Icon Sir Christopher Lee in Scars of Dracula.
  10. After starting a couple of projects that haven't quite gelled with me, I have a new project that makes a bit more sense. I'll be posting my progress here. Yeah, I had considered doing a guide to Taiwanese films, but that was sort of torpedoed by the Kung Fu Fandom Guide that's posted here. At this point, I there isn't much to write with regards to film guides. I'd have to have the connections to do a biography of sorts, or discover a long-forgotten kung fu film industry in Brazil and cover that.
  11. Picked up some DVDs yesterday: 2000 A.D. Versus Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 and 3 Fearless Hyena Shaolin Deadly Kicks Heroes of Shaolin Kung Fu Hustle Time and Tide Legendary Amazons
  12. So was she replaced by the Thai actress who randomly gets her top ripped off?
  13. Some varying lists of the 18 Traditional Weapons of Kung Fu: The Odd Couple: 1. Spear; 2. Staff; 3. Rake; 4. Halberd; 5. Hook Spear; 6. Three-pronged fork/tridente; 7. Wolf Teeth Club; 8. Trident Halberd; 9. The Zhuo (or claw); 10. Two-edged Straight Sword (jian); 11. Saber/broadsword/dao; 12. Crutch/Tonfa; 13. Hard Whip; 14. Axe; 15. Mace; 16. Claw; 17. Melon Hammer; 18. Hook Legendary Weapons of China: 1. Spear; 2. Staff; 3. Halberd; 4. Trident(?); 5. Jian; 6. Dao (and Shuangdao); 7. Daggers; 8. Chain 9. Whip; 10. Crutch/Tonfa; 11. Axe; 12. Melon Hammer; 13. Hooks; 14. Rattan Shield; 15. Butterfly Swords; 16. Fists; 17. Monk's Spade; 18. Three-Section Staff; 19. Kwan Do And then according to this website (http://www.arachina.com/culture/bujyutu/bingqi.htm), they are: 1. Dao; 2. Jian; 3. Spear; 4. Halberd; 5. Axe; 6. Hooks; 7. Trident; 8. Hard Whip; 9. Mace; 10. Melon Hammer; 11. Talon/Pole Pick; 12. Trident Halberd; 13. Three-Section Staff; 14. Pole/Staff; 15. Crutch/Tonfa; 16. Meteor Hammer; 17. Wolf Teeth Club; 18. Deer Horn Knives Wuzazu Version 1. Bow (弓) 2. Crossbow (弩) 3. Spear (槍) 4. Single-edged sword (刀) 5. Double-edged sword (劍) 6. Ancient style spear (矛) 7. Shield (盾) 8. Axe (斧) 9. Greataxe (鉞) 10. Dagger halberd (戟) 11. Round bar mace or iron whip (鞭) 12. Bar mace (鐗) 13. Pole pick (撾) 14. Staff (殳) 15. Trident (叉) 16. Rake (耙) 17. Rope (綿繩套索) 18. Barehanded (白打) Water Margin Version Ancient style spear (矛) Mace (錘) Bow (弓) Crossbow (弩) Firearm (銃) Round bar mace or iron whip (鞭) Bar mace (鐗) Sword (劍) Chain (鏈) Pole pick (撾) Axe (斧) Greataxe (鉞) Dagger axe (戈) Dagger halberd (戟) Shield (牌) Club (棒) Spear (lance) (槍) Trident (叉) Bei Dou Shaolin Academy (http://www.beidoushaolinkungfu.com/index.php/about-shao-lin-kung-fu/shao-lin-18-weapons.html) 1. Shaolin Fork (Trident) 2. Tri-Point Double Edge Sword 3. Staff (Pole/Cudgel) 4. Shaolin Iron Pen 5. Shaolin Hand Dart (Rope Dart) 6. Straight Sword (Jian) 7. Sickles (hooks) 8. Da Mo Cane 9. Flying Dart 10. Monk's Spade 11. Broadsword (saber/dao) 12. Shaolin Thorn (Emei Piercers) 13. Spear 14. Axe 15. Kwan Dao 16. Nine Section Whip 17. Pu Dao (Horse-cutting blade) 18. Iron Flute Songsan Chan Wu Canada 1. Saber 2. Spear 3. Sword 4. Halberd 5. Battle-Axe 6. Deer-horn Knives 7. Hook Swords 8. Fork 9. (Hard) Whip 10. Mace 11. Hammer 12. Talon (Pole Pick) 13. Trident-Halberd 14. Staff 15. Lance (long, heavy spear) 16. Cudgel (Wolf-Teeth Club) 17. Crutch 18. Meteor Hammer
  14. Do you still want to see it, @ShaOW!linDude?
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