The Unity Of Heroes (Huang Fei Hong: Nan bei ying xiong)

The Unity Of Heroes (Huang Fei Hong: Nan bei ying xiong) China (2018) Dir. Lin Zhenzhao Many countries have their own folk heroes and legends immortalised in film, and for the Chinese it is the martial arts master and medical practitioner Wong Fei-hung. Already the subject of numerous films and TV series, Fei-Hung is back … Continue reading The Unity Of Heroes (Huang Fei Hong: Nan bei ying xiong)

Dragon Lord (Lung siu yeh)

Dragon Lord (Lung siu yeh) Hong Kong (1982) Dir. Jackie Chan At the time of writing this review (April 7th) it is Jackie Chan’s birthday so I figured I’d watch one of his films to mark the occasion. With only a few options open to me among my DVD collection of his films I haven’t … Continue reading Dragon Lord (Lung siu yeh)

Five Deadly Venoms (Wu du)

Five Deadly Venoms (Wu du) Hong Kong (1978) Dir. Chang Cheh One deadly venom is enough so five would be a real handful. In this instance, however these venoms are not toxic liquids but skilled martial artists of ill repute who don’t want to be found, and the antidote to their lethal attacks is not … Continue reading Five Deadly Venoms (Wu du)

Love On Delivery (Poh wai ji wong)

Love On Delivery (Poh wai ji wong) Hong Kong (1994) Dirs. Stephen Chow & Lee Lik-Chi Stephen Chow has been the most prominent name in off-the-wall comedy from Hong Kong for two decades yet very few of his films have made it to the UK. Luckily for us, Amazon Prime have got their hands on … Continue reading Love On Delivery (Poh wai ji wong)

The Postman Strikes Back (Xun cheng ma)

The Postman Strikes Back (Xun cheng ma) Hong Kong (1982) Dir. Ronny Yu I might as well tell you now, the titular postman isn’t your average Royal Mail worker seeking revenge against the noisy terrier at No. 27 that has a habit of jumping up at the door every time he makes a delivery. Nor … Continue reading The Postman Strikes Back (Xun cheng ma)

Come Drink With Me (Da zui xia)

Come Drink With Me (Da zui xia) Hong Kong (1966) Dir. King Hu In the world of martial arts cinema the second feature from the legendary King Hu is considered a watershed film in revolutionising the wu xia genre. Hu may have eclipsed himself with later works Dragon Inn and A Touch Of Zen, but … Continue reading Come Drink With Me (Da zui xia)

King Boxer (Tian xia di yi quan)

King Boxer (Tian xia di yi quan) Hong Kong (1972) Dir. Cheng Chang-Ho Alternatively known as Five Fingers Of Death this classic Shaw Brothers production comes courtesy of one of its more prolific directors, Cheng Chang-Ho who himself is alternatively known by his Korean birth name Jeong Chang-Hwa. It was the film - released with … Continue reading King Boxer (Tian xia di yi quan)

The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin (Shao Lin san shi liu fang)

The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin (Shao Lin san shi liu fang) Hong Kong (1978) Dir. Liu Chia-Liang When discussing the “Golden era” of martial arts cinema two studio names usually spring to mind: Golden Harvest and the Shaw Brothers. Both were hugely prolific and successful during the boom period of the 1970’s, but it is … Continue reading The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin (Shao Lin san shi liu fang)

Tai Chi II aka Tai Chi Boxer (Tai ji quan)

Tai Chi II aka Tai Chi Boxer (Tai ji quan) Hong Kong (1996) Dir. Yuen Woo-Ping In case you are wondering what happened to Tai Chi I, well it doesn’t exactly exist...sort of. It was supposed to be a follow up of sorts to Yuen Woo-Ping’s 1993 film Tai Chi Master starring Jet Li (originally … Continue reading Tai Chi II aka Tai Chi Boxer (Tai ji quan)

Kung Fu Killer

Kung Fu Killer (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Signature Entertainment) Running Time: 100 minutes approx. With Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Sammo Hung all supposedly hanging up their martial arts boots, it has befallen to Donnie Yen to be the last big name bastion of the genre while we wait for the next generation to … Continue reading Kung Fu Killer