Legend Of The Mountain (Shan zhong zhuan qi)

Legend Of The Mountain (Shan zhong zhuan qi) Hong Kong/Taiwan (1979) Dir. King Hu Other than in films set in the jungle, where the sound of pulsating tribal beats usually meant impending danger for the interloping white man, drums never felt scary truly until the arrival of Black Sabbath’s debut album in 1970. Nine years … Continue reading Legend Of The Mountain (Shan zhong zhuan qi)

Raining In The Mountain (Kong shan ling yu)

Raining In The Mountain (Kong shan ling yu) Hong Kong/Taiwan (1979) Dir. King Hu “Those who really seek the path to Enlightenment dictate terms to their mind. Then they proceed with strong determination.” This could also apply to many people in their life’s endeavours but this quote is aimed at those seeking spiritual wisdom from … Continue reading Raining In The Mountain (Kong shan ling yu)

The Fate Of Lee Khan (Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo)

The Fate Of Lee Khan (Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo) Hong Kong (1973) Dir. King Hu You’ve heard of Genghis Khan and probably even Kublai Khan but less is known about Lee Khan, largely because he is a fictional creation of legendary wu xia director King Hu. Lee is however, cut from the same cloth … Continue reading The Fate Of Lee Khan (Ying chun ge zhi Fengbo)

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)

Return Of The One-Armed Swordsman (Du bei dao Wang)

Return Of The One-Armed Swordsman (Du bei dao Wang) Hong Kong (1969) Dir. Chang Cheh Encouraged no doubt by the enormous box office success of 1967’s classic The One-Armed Swordsman, the Shaw Brothers and director Chang Cheh not unsurprisingly went into sequel mode to see if lightning would strike twice. Spoiler - of course it … Continue reading Return Of The One-Armed Swordsman (Du bei dao Wang)

One-Armed Swordsman (Du bei dao)

One-Armed Swordsman (Du bei dao) Hong Kong (1967) Dir. Chang Cheh The martial arts film genre has featured many iconic heroes but they have largely been based on the lives of real people, from Wong Fei-hung and Fong Sai-yuk to Huo Yuanjia and Yip Man. In 1967 this changed with the creation of a very … Continue reading One-Armed Swordsman (Du bei dao)

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)