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Martial Arts Films

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Nike, Jun 25, 2001.

  1. Nike

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    Having recently borrowed, seen,(& much to my surprise, very much enjoyed) 'Iron Monkey' and 'Once Upon A Time In China', I was wondering if any of you out there could recommend other films of this genre that I might also enjoy?
    Individuals top 5 kung-fu films maybe??
    Cheers.
     
  2. t-force

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    You could check out DRIVE. It's actually a Western produced Martial Arts flick, featuring Mark Dacascos (he be very fast!!) as the high-kicking interest. The first thing a lot of people say about it after watching it is "a lot like the Matrix". It doesn't take itself anything like as seriously as Matrix does, and was released 3 years before it. If you do get it, make sure you get the Hong Kong Legends Region 2 version - the Special edition, and not the god-awful R1 release. One example of R2 kicking R1 well into touch!
     
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    Top 5 fave kung fu flicks....

    1. One Armed Boxer 2
    2. Shaolin Master Killer aka 36 Chambers of Shaolin - gotta be uncut though not the UK 90 mins version cut by around 30 minutes
    3. Duel To The Death
    4. Rikki Oh : The Story Of Rikki
    5. Streetfighter (Sonny Chiba)

    Honourable mentions would have to go to
    Death Duel Of Kung Fu, Champion Of Death, Fist Of Fury, Game Of Death, Enter The Dragon, Fists And Guts, Born Invincible, Shaolin vs Lama, and tons of other I can't even remember.
    And Stormriders. It's ace.
     
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    i really enjoyed new dragon gate inn - classic sword play. i agree with views on iron monkey - i think its fight scenes are better than crouching tiger.
    take a look at the website www.bulletsnbabesdvds.com for all things martial arts.
     
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    Definatly DRIVE

    It will never win any awards for originality but what it does it does very well. Its kinda of RUSH HOUR + LEATHAL WEAPON + THE MATRIX and really works

    Its a pity that there is nothing similar available, its probably my most watched film
     
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    Tai Seng do have some excellent films on their catalogue, but folks used to the HKL releases might be a bit taken aback by the picture quality of most of the discs from Tai Seng - it varies from reasonable to looking like they've just dragged the print through a particularly dusty basement and then used it for toilet paper. Print damage is evident in abbundance on pretty much every one of their discs.
    BUT...they're remarkably cheap, and there's hundreds of them available, a lot of them being films that'll never be released by anyone else as they're just way too obscure. Personally, I can live with the damage, especially for the price, but Hong Kong Legends these discs most certainly ain't. I've got dozens of them and for top drawer chop sockey from the 70's you just can't find this stuff anywhere else. It's just a shame that Tai Seng (owned by Ocean Shores in Hong Kong) aren't able to put a bit of effort into remastering all these old movies before they're lost forever. Still, you gotta do what you gotta do, and until someone else releases the likes of Flash Future Kung Fu and the Shaolin Master Killer movies in nice pristine remastered editions (probably never) I'll have to buy from Tai Seng. You'd easily be able to pick a Tai Seng disc out from a line-up though.
     
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    http://www.under18.org.uk (not a porn site) have a load of HKL dvds reduced to £9.99 (until 1st July)

    They have:
    DRUKEN MASTER
    SNAKE IN EAGLES SHADOW
    MAGNIFICENT WARRIORS
    BATTLE CREEK CRAWL
    CITY HUNTER
    ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA
    EASTERN CONDORS
    FIST OF FURY
    MIRACLES
    POSTMAN FIGHTS BACK
    WAY OF THE DRAGON
    ISLAND OF FIRE
    BLACKSHEEP AFFAIR
    LEGEND OF A FIGHTER
    NEW DRAGON GATE INN
    IRON MONKEY
    http://www.bulletsnbabesdvds.com/ have the review for most of those.

    [ 01-07-2001: Message edited by: CW2000 ]
     
  9. Nike

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    Thanks for all the replies. :)
    I'll have to print this thread and work my way through the titles suggested.
    Saw 'Drive' yesterday - agree with the comments on this. Excellent film...
    Martial Arts, action/adventure, road movie, pumping soundtrack all rolled into one.
    (directors cut £12.99 from a local Sunday market ;) )
    Cheers, Nike
     
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    Anybody seen Gen-X cops ?
     
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    No, Have you?
    If so, what's it like?
     
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    Nope I have not seen it

    Saw it whilst browsing through PLAYs web pages and then went and looked at it in MVC today

    It looks ok, but not heard anything about it
     
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    Legened of drunken master is out on R1, soon R2, and is possibly one of the best martial art films - ever. One Armed Boxer 2 has a flying guillotine thats hillarious, Once upon in china series is good as is The legend of Fong Sai Yuk generally you cant go wrong when any of these guys are involved Jackie Chan, Samo Hung, Yeun Biao, Tsui Hark, John Woo, Yueng Woo Ping, Yuen Wah, Sonny Chiba, Jimmy Wang Yu, Jet Li. Avoid anything with Cynthia Rothrock all her films ar crap. Drive is good, was on Sci Fi last nigt and on again soon.
     

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