ok, I can see that.
New Fist of Fury
Shaolin Wooden Men (shot before - released after Killer Meteors
There was a 3-D martial arts film before this one - http://hkmdb.com/db/movies/view.mhtml?i ... ay_set=eng. Suppose it depends on what's a Taiwanese movie and what's a Hong Kong movie - I tend to think of Lo Wei Productions as Taiwan based.chazgower01 wrote: ↑16 Aug 2018, 13:24Magnificent Bodyguards (1978, Hong Kong) youtube 2/5
A Kung Fu road movie!
Jackie Chan is hired by a woman to escort her and her sick brother through the Stormy Hills (a notoriously bad place full of bandits and evil) to a doctor. They put together a team of strange misfits to fight off anyone trying to stop them.
Another Lo Wei produced spectacle that throws a host of colorful characters into the mix, it's also in 3-D (According to Wikipedia, the FIRST Hong Kong film to be in 3-D). Jackie plays it as a cocky wiseguy, and is actually fun to watch here (this came out before Drunken Master), but some of the fights are pretty bland.
One fight that's NOT (and one obviously choreographed by Jackie) is a free for all with a bunch of monks who have a nazi insignia up on the wall of their hideout, and ceiling of giant bells.
And the Star Wars music they use for one of the scenes is VERY noticeable!
Once again with Lo Wei, this is a movie that could've been a lot better than it is - it's not terrible - in the world of 70's Kung Fu movies, like Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin, I can see where this might have a loyal following. It certainly tries to have fun, keep our interest and tell a story.
And... a good final battle, but the ending...WTF?
One thing for sure, 1978 was a big (and interesting) year for Jackie Chan!
Given we don't have an actual recorded release date, I wonder if this film was made post Jackie's '78 stardom, as he chroreographed this and Dance of Death for Chen Chi-Hwa and both films suggest a post Drunken Master influence. As we have no record of release dates for HK/Taiwanese films not release in HK, i think some of the dates ascribed to them are pure guess work.chazgower01 wrote: ↑12 Aug 2018, 14:58Unless you make the mistake of counting...
36 Crazy Fists (1977, Hong Kong) youtube 2.5/5
I wonder how many people bought a copy of this movie originally, thinking it was a Jackie Chan movie? I did, back in the mid-90's, and I was more than a little annoyed by it.
Jackie is in it for not quite a minute at the start, which isn't even a part of the story!
And for anyone who thinks there wasn't any comedy in Kung Fu movies before Jackie 'invented' it, this typical chop-socky flick has plenty of exaggerated silly behavior in it.
The story is pretty standard: some Shaolin students intervene in a young guy (Tony Leung) getting beaten up, and find out some thugs are terrorizing the town. After meeting his really cute sister (Michelle Yim), and finding out the gang killed their father (of which Leung wants revenge of course) they decide to try and enroll Leung in their school. Their teacher says no, so they convince a rival school to take him in, and he begins his...training. And more training. And then later... more training. But lots of fights!
And the fights are actually pretty good because the one area of this movie that Jackie Chan DOES involve himself is as the Action Director, and it shows. Some might say this is for Jackie Chan completists only, but really, if you like movies with a LOT of fighting and don't mind the looney tunes type humor (it also includes one of the silliest nude scenes), this isn't a bad Sunday afternoon viewing.
In fact, some might say... in looking at the fight choreography Jackie does, and goofy humor involved... this might be a template for what Jackie begins the following year, before Jackie actually played the part! It's no surprise then that director Chen Chi-Hwa would direct Chan in two of his 'new career' movies the following year (Snake and Crane Arts of Shaolin and Half a Loaf of Kung Fu).
They also put Jackie in the post credits via his movie posters - did they think people would mistake Tony Leung as a young Jackie?
And it looks like they even tried to trick people in a theatrical release!
Time between the Death Blow and the 'The End': 1 minute 17 seconds
I'm pretty sure that's just a normal Buddhist symbol!
You're almost certainly correct - I seem to recall reading about that somewhere the similarities between the Nazi emblem and a few others from different cultures throughout history. Though in some of these Hong Kong movies, it wouldn't surprise me all that much to see it thrown into the mix somewhere!Ivan Drago wrote: ↑18 Aug 2018, 22:41I'm pretty sure that's just a normal Buddhist symbol!
Yep. And I know it's not specific proof of anything, but the Roman Numeral copyright date on that movie ad for it is 1982.Ivan Drago wrote: ↑18 Aug 2018, 22:27Given we don't have an actual recorded release date, I wonder if this film was made post Jackie's '78 stardom, as he chroreographed this and Dance of Death for Chen Chi-Hwa and both films suggest a post Drunken Master influence. As we have no record of release dates for HK/Taiwanese films not release in HK, i think some of the dates ascribed to them are pure guess work.
This is the kind of movie that could really use a Bey Logan commentary!
That's what I love about this site - some of you guys know so much about the behind the scenes details... I would love to find a book that really goes behind the scenes and talks at length about the HK movie business during this time period... heck Jackie Chan never once mentioned James Tien or Dean Shek in his I Am Jackie book and he did multiple films with those guys. Would love to hear about the interactions and behind the scenes of that era....Markgway wrote: ↑21 Aug 2018, 23:29This is the kind of movie that could really use a Bey Logan commentary!
Lee Jeong-Ho is presumably the director credited on the Korean prints, but that could very well be bogus; he may or may not have worked on the movie.
Dragon Fist was made in Korea, but both sides massaged their credits to minimise the other's involvement.
The Koreans had to do this to ensure the film was recognised as a co-production and thus dodge the country's foreign release quota.
The Chinese side just wanted everyone to sound Chinese, hence the Korean actors and crew are billed with Chinese names.
Some of these mooted co-productions are fake, some are genuine.
Given this was definitely filmed in Korea - Jackie did a whole bunch of these back-to-back - I think we can fairly list this one as a co-production.
I want this of course.HungFist wrote: ↑21 Aug 2018, 14:33
Violent Money Network (暴力金脈) (Japan, 1975) [DVD] - 3/5
If you ever wondered what a capitalist corporate & society satire would look like as a Toei jitsuroku yakuza film, here it is. Hiroki Matsukata stars as boxer turned small time thug who makes a living by marching into company offices and starting trouble until they pay him to leave, or he gets paid by a third party who has hired him to make trouble. Scriptwriter Kazuo Kasahara based the character on a man called Kaoru Ogawa whom he interviewed while doing research for Battles without Honor and Humanity. This is quite a different type of film though the cast, crew (Fukasaku was originally set to direct before being replaced by Sadao Nakajima) and the underlying mentality are largely the same. Also, there's no explicit violence or sex until Reiko Ike walks into the picture around the 50 minute mark in one of her better drama roles. The lack of violent mayhem makes this a smaller picture than some of its contemporaries, but the Nakajima - Matsukata pairing produces energetic results, and there are nice supporting turns by Takuzo Kawatani (thug) and Tomisaburo Wakayama (Ike's sugar daddy), among others. Also features an extremely funny cat killing scene.