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What is the most recent Shaw Brother's film you've seen?

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Kid with the golden arm. During years maybe 3 dozen times on various formats/releases but 1st view from excellent koch br.

200 000 taels of silver are escorted to destination but Golden Arm Kid ( Lo meng )+gang wants them too&mystery character who has been decreasing amount of guards along the way...

Not that much character development let alone melodrama around, it`s  comic book adventure and brilliant one...Lots of colourful villains and (sort of) heroes around. Coolest and most interesting being Kid himself with unbeatable kung fu, another interesting one is arrogant and too proud swordsman played by Wei Pai...Amount of action is hefty and it`s all great.

5/5.

I kept my Tokyo Shock dvd after upgrade because I think while subs are fine dub this one rare case which works better...There are few bits on dialogue here and there where prefer dub like when Axe pals kill group of 7 hooks they have been talking to kill same amount. When 1 left in subs say like "good, saving us time" when they slay him at same time on dub "even score" is lot more suitable...

 

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Vengeance (1970).  Between David Chiang in this film and Chen Kuan Tai in "Boxer from Shantung", I don' t know who was in more need of a blood transfusion following the final fight.

 

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6 minutes ago, morpheus said:

Vengeance (1970).  Between David Chiang in this film and Chen Kuan Tai in "Boxer from Shantung", I don' t know who was in more need of a blood transfusion following the final fight.

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The Crippled Avengers.

As for The Five Venoms, I’m not impressed. It’s technically very good, but not as epic as some other Zhang Che movies. So, to me, it does not live up to the legend.

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7 minutes ago, Rodolphe Dux said:

The Crippled Avengers.

 So, to me, it does not live up to the legend.

Imo it does, only flaw is unnecessary acrobatics between lu feng vs chiang sheng&kuo chui end fight. Makes it look like more like stageplay than fight.

I was bit disappointed when saw it first time from american bootleg dvd very long time ago but during years when seem subbed version with multiple views have started to like it a lot. Not in venoms top5 tho, because of thing mentioned above. It bugs everytime when see it...

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24 minutes ago, Tex Killer said:

Imo it does, only flaw is unnecessary acrobatics between lu feng vs chiang sheng&kuo chui end fight. Makes it look like more like stageplay than fight.

I was bit disappointed when saw it first time from american bootleg dvd very long time ago but during years when seem subbed version with multiple views have started to like it a lot. Not in venoms top5 tho, because of thing mentioned above. It bugs everytime when see it...

The problems I have with this movie is the lack(s) of tension(s). Once the characters are crippled the rest of the movie becomes kind of dull to me. Again, the fight scenes are intrinsically excellent but the characters don't have enough charisma to make it epic. And the flat musical choices can't help.

 

But there's another problem, like for the Five Venoms, the title announces a badass movie, but in the end it's just a drama / thriller with some action sequences. A good thriller, but just a thriller.

   
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3 hours ago, Rodolphe Dux said:

The problems I have with this movie is the lack(s) of tension(s)

   

That is correct. "Masked avengers" is lot better than crippled or venoms, have tension. Suspense works lot better than in venoms and movie has really wicked fighting and plenty of it...

 

 

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3 hours ago, Rodolphe Dux said:

The problems I have with this movie is the lack(s) of tension(s). Once the characters are crippled the rest of the movie becomes kind of dull to me. Again, the fight scenes are intrinsically excellent but the characters don't have enough charisma to make it epic. And the flat musical choices can't help

It may not fell like it but it is a light-hearted movie that do not take it to seriously. It is like the cast said "we are busting our butts so lets go out there and have some fun", which they did.

For some people the concept worked but for some it doesn't, for me it worked & I even like it better than 5DV.

The main problem I see with the movie is the promotion. People been promoting the movie for what it is not just to capitalize on the success of the 5DV.

Some folks call it "The Return of The 5 Deadly Venoms" or the sequel to 5DV when infact the closest movie that would be a sequal to 5DV would be Invincible Shaolin as that movie have 7 core members from 5DV including WLW  and it follows a similar theme (greed, deceit, manipulation, etc,).

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challenge of the masters. Probably 3th view.......2 kung fu schools fight over who is being best in "pao" competition (capturing baton with ribbons). Young wong wei hung(liu chia hui) would like to attend but it`s too dangerous for non-martial artist and his father does not teach him to fight. With the help of constable(lau kar wing) who is after robber now hiding in kwantung, Chen Kuan Tai is to become teacher of wong fei hung..Eventually police finds his target (director Lau Kar Leung) who has deadly feet and spear..

And it`s up to wong fei hung sort things out in the end...

It`s terrific movie, close if not in lau kar leungs top5. Otherwise some solutions would feel maybe bit corny but as wong fei hung was taught martial virtue and forgiveness they work , although I would not have objected more violent resolving 😝.

There isn`t that much martial arts action but what are offered, superb.

It`s not comedy(luckily) although some moments are quite light hearted.

Good supportive cast with lily li, wilson tong, fung hak on and chang tao. even wong yu is ok.

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The Taxi Driver (1975)

A few martial arts scenes, but for some reason I enjoyed this film.  The pace is fast, David Chiang and Wong Chung made a pretty cool pair. 

 

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shaolin avengers. After learning iron skin and avenging his father, Fang Shih Yu joins 2 other shaolin patriots ( chi kuan chun and bruce tong) to face manchus and wudang fighters...

Flick I revisit of shaolin cycles least...

Many of things here were already in (excellent) Men From The Monastery. MFTM imo is also superior movie, some "new" footage like Fu Sheng sitting in barrel or getting whipped&hit by bamboo pole during training is not that interesting. Also I liked Fu Shengs acting more in Monastery...But Chi Kuan Chung training scenes are great. And so is Fu Sheng vs Leung Kar Yan although it`s no contest. Poor beardy had no chance of winning...Being (sort of) remake of MFTM is problem number 1 as it`s not as good movie..

Trouble #2 is lot worse tho..Movie starts in end fight and is told by flashbacks then at times cuts back for a moment to finale and interrupted again. In the end of flick viewer gets less than 10 minutes of fights to enjoy as rest was shown earlier. Had movie been shown in correct order it would no doubt be far superior than now..

Action however is outstanding, easily as good as in monastery+most other changs shaolin movies and at times even better.

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Next is  premiere Shaw , put "kung fu instructor" to player. Hopefully it turns out to be great...

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On 6/26/2019 at 11:53 AM, morpheus said:

The Taxi Driver (1975)

I also liked that movie, it's a nice little kaleidoscope of 70s Hong Kong.

Recently watched KID WITH GOLDEN ARM and KUNG FU INSTRUCTOR in new blu ray glory. 

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Four Riders (1972)

(I got the picture from another site....no that's not my caption)

There is a very brief glimpse of Fu Sheng dancing with a girl near a jukebox; I had to slow the film down to make sure. It happens at the 14:34 mark if you have it.

 

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Dragon Missile.

Probably put this on before, but it was on Amazon, so screw it! Watched it again. Fun movie, without the bleak heroic deaths of Chang Cheh,  good triumphs over evil. Going to finish Disciples of Shaolin next.

Lo Lieh delivers, Tony Liu found his groove at Shaw Brothers, Ku Feng probably filmed his scenes in two days and Norman Chu is one of the bad guys. Some not so great 3 section staff work, but hey, it's not New One Armed Swordsman or anything. Sima has to be the dumbest Feudal tool ever, getting the stuff wet, and also, he seems to avoid using the Dragon Missile when it would help him most, but a good evenings entertainment nonetheless. Also Amazon print is good. Still, screw Amazon.

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trilogy of swordmanship. As title hints, it has 3 stories....maybe 5th  time watched this...

Son of magistrate is madly in love to Shih Szu who does not reply to his feelings. According to his late father, man who can lift and shoot arrow with iron bow is worthy enough for her. He of course fails but for bypasser Yueh Hua bow is not heavy. Jealousity leads eventually into fight and some bloodshed...

It`s lame on story and does not feel even good excuse for action, not very convincing for sake of lovesick leader troops get killed. Shih Szu gets to do lot fighting with spear so that is more than reason enough to watch it. Bolo is baddie Polar Bear with perhaps most ridiculous wig ever on Shaw movie...

 

Lily Ho is the tigress who is on a mission to capture bandit Lo Lieh..This has very little fighting but when storyline is concerned, heads and shoulders above other two..Being clever tigress completes her mission but there is bleak end twist...

 

Ti Lung is captured master Xu and his patriot comrades rescue him at white water strand. There they meet wanderer david chiang who later falls into trap of ku feng and when execution awaits it`s job to save him...Li Ching is very cute in this and gets to do some fighting with spear..As with iron bow, story is on a weak side although little bit better..Bolo has rare Shaw role as good guy here.

 

Like all episodes but it`s draw between tigress and white water. Tigress easily most well scripted  and Lo Lieh is great but can`t ignore some fav Shaw stars on white water and end fight with lots of kills on both sides...

 

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Legend of The Bat (1978)

The framework around the film reminds of "Magic Blade"; it appears like a long novel that was shoved into one film or an 8 hour film that saw about 70% wind up on the editing floor.  The best character in the film is Gou Zichan played by Wong Chung.

 

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Five Element Ninjas (1982)

A bit over the top and typical story line, but the choreography was top notch; hats off to Ricky Cheng Tien Chi.  Much like Yuen Tak and Li I-Min, Ricky Cheng does not get much recognition in martial arts cinema.

 

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vengeance is a golden blade. Re-re-visit...Keeper of the golden blade escapes with his daughter and servant after being drugged by his treacherous wife and sword is lost to one of Long brothers...18 years has passed and strict&protective father does not like idea daughter goes to town. Naive and stubborn as she is and never in town before she gets into trouble...Various confrontations happen and some family secrets revealed before golden sword and new blade crafted by goldens ex-owner meet in final showdown..

Chin Ping is main star, familiar face in old shaw sword movies...Yueh Hua is reliable as always but does not really get that much to do, as story was tailored for golden blade masters daughter being central character.

Some outdoor locations are really nice. Standard action for 1969 movie, nothing to complain if one is getting used to such choreography. Some melodrama which is not so rare in these movies but nothing over the top really.

Good flick certainly.

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I guess should re-watch Wandering Swordsman from same box too, but not water margin.

 

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CLEOPATRA JONES AND THE CASINO OF GOLD - I had lots of fun watching this. Nice to see Tanny in this kind of role. I really liked Tamara Dobson, she had great screen presence, and not only because of her height. Sad to read that she died with only 59 years. RIP

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On 7/16/2019 at 10:40 AM, Chu Liu Hsiang said:

CLEOPATRA JONES AND THE CASINO OF GOLD - I had lots of fun watching this. Nice to see Tanny in this kind of role. I really liked Tamara Dobson, she had great screen presence, and not only because of her height. Sad to read that she died with only 59 years. RIP

Oh ! That's so sad news ! And when did she pass away ?

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21 hours ago, Chu Liu Hsiang said:

2nd October 2006. Wiki says, complications from pneumonia and multiple sclerosis :(

Very sad. Thanks for the informations.

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Duel of Fists

David Chiang stars as an engineer who is sent by his father to Thiland to find his long lost brother. A lot of good Thai Boxing and Chinese Boxing in this, some good action and Ti Lung showing up for a plot about how corrupt the Thai Boxing scene is. The only issues is the wonky zooming in that feels jerky and some of the weird music choices. Is The Angry Guest a sequel to this?

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