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by Ivan Drago
18 Jul 2018, 19:43
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Arrow's Female Prisoner Scorpion BD Set: An Utter Disaster?
Replies: 45
Views: 14281

Re: Arrow's Female Prisoner Scorpion BD Set: An Utter Disaster?

I agree.

Arrow's takeover of the boutique market is a tad worrying. They cram their schedules with "limited edtion" releases, cauasing panic buying and hoarding, commandeer the US and UK markets...and then don't fix their screw ups.
by Ivan Drago
08 Jul 2018, 12:34
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552047

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

Bruce's Deadly Fingers (1976) Hysterical Bruceploitation with Bruce Le and Lo Lieh (and Chan Wei-Man and Cheung Nick) fighting to recover Bruce Lee's prized fighting manual. This is not the then contempoary bestseller Tao of Jeet Kune Do, but rather the Ching Wu Fighting Manual, or as the dub would ...
by Ivan Drago
08 Jul 2018, 12:27
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552047

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

Invincible Obsessed Fighter (1982)

Very much rock bottom for the genre - a dreary bore starring some poor chap named Elton Chong.

2/10
by Ivan Drago
03 Jul 2018, 20:21
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552047

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

Yeah, she's lovely in that!

I really have a weird urge to watch Cyprus Tigers. Was on holiday in Cyprus the year the film was made. Had terrible heat stroke.
by Ivan Drago
04 Jun 2018, 22:59
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552047

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

Raging Rivals (1982) AKA Hard Bastard Hwang Jang Lee plays a trumpet player in a travelling medicine show...no seriously. Decent fights, but lame "comedy", tedious "drama" and an unconvincing period setting do little to help. Gam Kei-Chu, the formidable headbutting antagonist of Shaw's King Boxer, i...
by Ivan Drago
20 Apr 2018, 19:31
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Early Bruce Li and other Taiwanese indies - where did they play?
Replies: 7
Views: 869

Re: Early Bruce Li and other Taiwanese indies - where did they play?

Alpha made some of my favourite old schoolers - Gambling for Head, Double Double Crosser and Fist of Fury II
by Ivan Drago
20 Apr 2018, 18:25
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Early Bruce Li and other Taiwanese indies - where did they play?
Replies: 7
Views: 869

Re: Early Bruce Li and other Taiwanese indies - where did they play?

Alpha is an interesting one. HK based, all their productions seem to be a) Taiwan and b) no recorded HK release. Then Jimmy Shaw gets his name plastered over the VHS releases of the Jackie Chan/Lo Wei films as though he made them!
by Ivan Drago
17 Apr 2018, 08:57
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Early Bruce Li and other Taiwanese indies - where did they play?
Replies: 7
Views: 869

Re: Early Bruce Li and other Taiwanese indies - where did they play?

I've often wondered where HK ends and Taiwan began - it seems HK producers made films in Taiwan as standard, but does that make them Taiwanese?
by Ivan Drago
16 Apr 2018, 13:29
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Early Bruce Li and other Taiwanese indies - where did they play?
Replies: 7
Views: 869

Early Bruce Li and other Taiwanese indies - where did they play?

Since Markway is persona non grata on Kung Fu Cinema's forums, I thought I'd post it here This applies to many other indies besides, but I thought I'd focus on these. Before signing with Eternal in 1976, Bruce Li made a bunch of movies for Taiwanese based producers, including Jimmy Shaw's Alpha Supe...
by Ivan Drago
12 Apr 2018, 21:09
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: Jackie and Bruce to the Rescue (1982)
Replies: 3
Views: 2079

Re: Jackie and Bruce to the Rescue (1982)

It don't think it really make the most of the exploitation possibilities.
by Ivan Drago
30 Mar 2018, 10:43
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552047

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

The Dragon's Snake Fist (1981) Dragon Lee is at it again, in a more restrained than usual outing. Although this is apparently about the clash between the Snake FIst School and the Crane Fist School, we don't really see much of either style, as the emphasis is more on tae kwon do style kicks, and la...
by Ivan Drago
29 Mar 2018, 02:13
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: Jackie and Bruce to the Rescue (1982)
Replies: 3
Views: 2079

Jackie and Bruce to the Rescue (1982)

AKA Fist of Death South Korea/Taiwan 1982 Directors: Choe Dong-Joon, Wu Chia-Chun Starring: Kim Tae-Jeong [credited as Tong Lung], Lee Siu-Ming [credited as Jackie Chang], Wang Pao-Yu, He Ying, Chang Il-Sik, Eagle Han Ying, Ma Sha, Chen Shan, Baek Hwang-ki You'd think a film featuring a Bruce Lee cl...
by Ivan Drago
14 Jan 2018, 11:14
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552047

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

Killer Constable (1980) Effective Shaws film, with Chen Kuan-Tai as a police officer on the trail of looted royal treasure. The gorgeous Bava/Argento-ish photopgrahpy makes this feel a lot fresher then the films coming out from Chang Cheh at the same time, and the violence is for the most part gritt...
by Ivan Drago
02 Jan 2018, 17:30
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552047

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

AFAIK, Nora was never Bruce's mistress...pity, I like to think she'd kept her cool in a crisis more than Betty Ting Pei.
by Ivan Drago
01 Jan 2018, 11:16
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552047

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

Fury in Shaolin Temple (1982) Poor Gordon Liu really needed a better agent judging from this Korean/HK trash, which sees him and one-time Bruce Lee clone Chang Il-Do as two long-lost brothers (or something) learning kung fu from different masters. Contrary to the credits, Phillip Ko is not worthy o...
by Ivan Drago
28 Dec 2017, 01:45
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552047

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

The Brave Archer (1977) First part of a 3-film adaptation of Jin Yong's Legend of the Eagle Shooting Hero, starring Alexander Fu Sheng, and nearly everyone on Shaws' payroll. The early more macabre sections (with skull piercings, skin ripping and blindings galore) are much more engrossing then the l...
by Ivan Drago
28 Dec 2017, 01:00
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552047

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

Drunken Master, Slippery Snake (1979) The first 10 minutes of this film, with Yuen Siu Tien pretending to a blushing bride (no, really!) suggest that he will be the main star, but then the focus shifts more to Cliff Lok, who isn't nearly as good an actor. But it's just as well, as Yuen is so extensi...
by Ivan Drago
19 Nov 2017, 15:11
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552047

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

Jeez dude, don't post it then! Some of us work!
by Ivan Drago
15 Nov 2017, 18:24
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552047

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

Instant Kung Fu Man (1977) Early kung fu comedy with John Liu and Hwang Jang-Lee kept on the sidelines for the most part whilst two Yip Fei-yangs (one a crook, one a lazy Shaolin student) mess around - whatever happened to him anyway? It's actually fairly funny but lacks the universal appeal that ma...
by Ivan Drago
11 Oct 2017, 00:25
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: The R.I.P. Thread...
Replies: 55
Views: 24176

Re: The R.I.P. Thread...

Hon Kwok Choi has passed away
by Ivan Drago
31 Aug 2017, 18:01
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: I've just got banned from KFC!
Replies: 570
Views: 127055

Re: I've just got banned from KFC!

Fatal error?
by Ivan Drago
14 Aug 2017, 19:51
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552047

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

FIST OF DEATH (1982) Lame South Korean Bruce/Jackiespolitation yarn with Kim Tae-Chung looking only like Bruce when he bugs his eyes out. The Jackie clone is even weaker. In a way, this is a Fist of Fury knock-off with the Ching Wu school vs the...well, the dialogue says "YMCA" but the logo on the s...
by Ivan Drago
12 Jul 2017, 21:27
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4825
Views: 552047

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

I love The Hot, The Cool and The Vicious purely due to nostalgia.

The subs on the old UK VHS (missing from their DVD!) refer to Tommy Lee's character as "The Living Pluto."