It is just a coincidence that the movie I give credit to, for pulling me in and which led to me becoming a die hard fan of the genre of kung fu films, also happens to be a movie that is often regarded as the first real kung fu movie to see success in America. When I viewed this movie for the first time, I did not know of the significance of this film, and thankfully for me, I enjoyed it so much, I just had to see more (kung fu movies), and I did.
Northwest Asian Weekly recently posted a article on the director of King Boxer (Five Fingers of Death), Mr. Chung Chang-Wha, and I am sure for those of you that haven’t already checked it out, would enjoy and most definitely find interesting, so I am sharing it with all my fellow classic kung fu movie fans here.
Excerpt From Article:
In the early 1970s, before Bruce Lee popularized the martial arts genre and before English overdubs became so easy to mock, the first kung fu film to hit it big in the West was “Five Fingers of Death,” by Korean director Chung Chang-wha. The cult classic is on filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s 2002 list of his top 12 favorite films of all time. Tarantino, a well-known fan of cult cinema, paid homage to Chung in his Kill Bill flicks. The use of the “Ironside” TV theme before a fight and eye-gouging — give props to “Five Fingers of Death,” which was the title for its U.S. release. Elsewhere, it is known as King Boxer.
How Chung — who was recently honored at the San Diego Asian Film Festival in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of his film — came to be the man responsible for this kung fu classic. His life story could be a film itself. But it would take multiple genre flicks, from war to family melodrama, to do justice to the life of Chung, replete with heartbreaking tragedy, obstacles being overcome, and frenetic action. Lots and lots of action.
Source and Link to Article: www.nwasiainweekly.com
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