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by Ivan Drago
26 Aug 2018, 23:20
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

There are two different versions of Millionaire's Express, both with exclusive footage. I have no idea which version represents a director's cut or original theatrical version.
by Ivan Drago
25 Aug 2018, 21:50
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

The sound on the HKL release was awful. Someone made me a DVD-R years ago with a proper mono track synced to it and it sounded far superior.
by Ivan Drago
24 Aug 2018, 20:05
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Proof that Jackie's autobio should be taken with a lot of sodium chloride as it claims Dragon Lord was a big flop.
by Ivan Drago
22 Aug 2018, 18:19
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

I find Jackie's English in Battle Creek Crawl better then in The Protector - where he struggles with tongue twisters like "Listen you creep, it's not the money we want...it's your ass!"
by Ivan Drago
22 Aug 2018, 11:19
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

I'm always baffled by Young Master only getting a million dollars in HK. It's reported on several lists, but it seems so odd - alleged flop Dragon Lord grossed 17 million!
by Ivan Drago
22 Aug 2018, 08:35
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Yes, it's very much a work of fiction, not least in how it glosses over the awkwardness of his shotgun wedding.
by Ivan Drago
21 Aug 2018, 23:11
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: Duel of Fists (1971)
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Duel of Fists (1971)

Duel of Fists (1971) Director: Chang Cheh Starring: David Chiang, Ti Lung, Ching Li, Pawana Chanajit, Chen Sing, Ku Feng, Woo Wai The same month Bruce Lee's The Big Boss premiered, Shaw's Thailand & modern-day set "Chinese boxing" movie was released, though I have no idea whether the two movies were...
by Ivan Drago
21 Aug 2018, 22:44
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Death Duel of Mantis (1978)

Unremarkable but fun Taiwanese flick, with some decent fights and a good performance from Lung Fei as the villian. Nothing really makes it stand out from the crowd, but you could do a lot worse

6/10
by Ivan Drago
18 Aug 2018, 22:41
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Magnificent Bodyguards (1978, Hong Kong) youtube 2/5 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. I'm pretty sure that's just a normal Buddhist symbol!
by Ivan Drago
18 Aug 2018, 22:27
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Unless you make the mistake of counting... 36 Crazy Fists (1977, Hong Kong) youtube 2.5/5 https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dwjeB5TVyxs/W3AiIfSAJmI/AAAAAAAAItM/-NSVYjiy_yIDYZtwdNFv-aa8Zn9_UjaNACLcBGAs/s640/Screen%2BShot%2B2018-08-12%2Bat%2B8.01.28%2BAM.png I wonder how many people bought a copy of this mo...
by Ivan Drago
17 Aug 2018, 20:10
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Magnificent 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 tryi...
by Ivan Drago
14 Aug 2018, 17:47
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Snake & Crane was my first non-Bruce Lee HK movie, and it's always had a nostalgic place in my heart, charmingly mad as it is. It's probably the closest Jackie actually came to being Bruce Lee in the Lo Wei films. Up to this point, Lo Wei cast Jackie as an underdog who must learn kung fu from a supe...
by Ivan Drago
13 Aug 2018, 21:54
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

To Kill With Intrigue (1977, Hong Kong) youtube 2/5 I'll be honest - when Hsaio's (Jackie Chan) father says, "It's the Killer Bee Clan.", I chuckled out loud. And some of this dialogue is really bad, even for 70's HK movies, and I don't only mean "I'm just a beast!". Jackie Chan is a character here...
by Ivan Drago
13 Aug 2018, 21:51
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

chazgower01 wrote:
12 Aug 2018, 22:35
New statistic:
Time between the Death Blow and the 'The End' credit appearing!

Anyone that has Shaolin Wooden Men that can check and time that for me, it'd be appreciated - the version I was watching cuts out...
All the versions I've seen end with Jackie preparing to become a monk.
by Ivan Drago
13 Aug 2018, 21:50
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Snake In The Eagle's Shadow (1978, Hong Kong) youtube 3.5/5 A lot is made of the comedy used in Snake In The Eagle's Shadow and how it started Jackie on a path to fame and fortune (It did), but I think as much as that it's the heart and humanity of this movie that make it unique and special as well...
by Ivan Drago
12 Aug 2018, 12:16
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Considering he had five films out in '76, it's kind of surprising that only one Jackie film saw a HK release in 1977 - To Kill With Intrigue.
by Ivan Drago
12 Aug 2018, 12:13
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

I'm very fond of Shaolin Wooden Men - it's a charming film with it's heart in the right place. The old VHS I had was missing the entre first reel!
by Ivan Drago
11 Aug 2018, 23:18
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Just wait till you see Magnificent Bodyguards...;)
by Ivan Drago
11 Aug 2018, 18:57
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Killer Meteors definetly grew on me, but it seems that just as Lo Wei kept miscasting Jackie, he did Wang Yu a disservice here by casting him in a romance/intrigue filled melodrama which doesn't suit Wang Yu's style at all. The fights also rely too much on wirework and Wang being acrobatically doubl...
by Ivan Drago
10 Aug 2018, 18:42
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Hand of Death shows Sammo learning how to Shaolin style kung fu on film, just as Lady Whirlwind shows him taking baby steps at chroeographing empty handed combat. Great theme tune!
by Ivan Drago
10 Aug 2018, 12:21
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Dragon Fist is a Lo Wei film starring Jackie, Dragon Lord is directed by Jackie
by Ivan Drago
10 Aug 2018, 01:17
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
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Views: 783264

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (USA, 1970) [DVD] - 4/5 An absolutely insane 60s hippie party skin flick Hollywood satire musical shocker about a girl band taken under his wings by a crazy music producer while the protagonist is seeking her share of family inheritance in a soap opera storyline, all ...
by Ivan Drago
10 Aug 2018, 01:15
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

New Fist of Fury (1976, Hong Kong) youtube 1/5 At 21-22, Jackie still looks really young, but it's not entertaining at all to watch him flail around and act like he doesn't know kung fu through 3/4ths of this movie. Nora Miao is her usual stiff self, and other than wincing everytime a Chinese chara...
by Ivan Drago
10 Aug 2018, 01:13
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552102

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

I'm one of those who hated The Fearless Hyena, although it's been yonks since I've seen it. I consider it a failed post-Seasonal experiment which Jackie corrected with The Young Master. And I disagree about Sammo Hung; he's an excellent lead, with plenty charm and charisma. My problem with Fearless...