“Li had no apparent qualms about sending up his image, including Wong Fei Hung. In Last Hero in China / Huang Feihong Tieji Du Wu Song(1993), Wong’s famous clinic and school, Po Chi Lam, is placed next door to a brothel; during the climax, he fights dressed as a chicken while practicing ‘Chicken Beak’ kung fu.” Leon Hunt, Kung Fu Cult Master,p. 147
This is a Wong Jing film – he wrote and directed it. Abandon all hope ye who enter here as far as good taste and political correctness are concerned. But if you s...Read more
“As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.” Margaret Mead
Kung Fu Cult Masteris an enjoyable film but it contains many elements that I don’t fully understand. It seems to be in such a hurry to tell an exciting and entertaining story that it piles one eye catching effect or character upon another. I find it to be an exercise in high cam...Read more
Fong Sai Yuk 2is jam packed with lots of great action, which is hardly surprising considering that Corey Yuen Kuei and Yuen Tak are credited as action directors for the film. Hong Kong kung fu movies are often derided as being crap by many westerners, and I consider this to be unfair. Many aspects of these films are actually very well done, and the choreographic and physical performance aspects, in particular, are very highly developed.
This blog is devoted to analyzing one of the fight sce...Read more
Made in China in the late 80s , Dragons of the Orient is a respectful survey of martial arts set against a lush backdrop of cultural sites and natural scenery and accompanied by a swelling soundtrack. The tone of this movie seems to be a mixture of corporate video and the tamer type of travelogue. Cheesy dubbed American voices talk us through a rudimentary history of Chinese martial arts, and provide a loose narrative context for the dazzling displays of martial arts that constitute most of the material of this film. The mar...Read more
Fong Sai Yukwas such a huge hit when it was released in 1993 that work was started on Fong Sai Yuk 2and it was released in the same year! Personally I find both films to be equally enjoyable. They are both a mix of broad, goofy comedy interspersed with moments of melodrama. Corey Yuen, as director, and Jet Li and Josephine Siao, as Fong Sai Yuk and his mother, all return in the sequel. The plot synopsis and cast list can be found here: http://en.wikipedia...Read more
Some friends and I recently had ourselves a film night. We had a theme – the use of grotesque bodies and disordered body imagery in film – and watched 3 films that we felt fit with that theme. I have written a blog on 2 of the films in relation to this theme – you can read it below. Recently I posted another blog about the 3 rd, Lone Wolf and Cub: baby Cart in Peril. You can find it here: Read more
Some friends and I recently had ourselves a film night. We had a theme – the use of grotesque bodies and disordered body imagery in film – and watched 3 films that we felt fit within that theme. I have written a short blog on one of the films in relation this film – you can read it below. Soon I will post another blog about the 2 other films we watched – Double Agent 73 starring Chesty Morgan and For Y’ur Height Only starring Weng Weng. I wrote another blog on this theme. You can find it he...Read more
Corey Yuen Kuei and Jet Li have worked together in many films, the first of which was Fong Sai Yuk(1993) .Yuen is a highly skilled choreographer, capable of producing beautifully detailed action sequences and elaborate set pieces. In this blog I have jotted down a few of my thoughts about some of the major fight scenes in this film.
I love the way that so many fight scenes in Hong Kong kung fu movies are based on a relatively simple premise or device and then feature endless choreographic variations in order to respond to ...Read more
The characters of Fong Sai Yuk and his mother (who also happens to be his sifu) are central to the film Fong Sai Yuk, and the teamwork of the actors who play these characters – Jet Li and Josephine Siao – is central to this film’s success as a piece of entertainment. Below I have jotted down some random thoughts about these characters and performers.
Random Thought 1:
“There is something about martial arts star Jet Li and Qing-era martial arts legends that go hand in hand.” Paul Fonoroff, At the...Read more
Part comedy, part broiling melodrama, Fong Sai Yuk(1993) is good solid entertainment in the form of a kung fu film. Directed by master choreographer Corey Yuen Kuei, it boasts an excellent cast including Jet Li (Fong Sai Yuk), Josephine Siao Fong Fong (Miu Chui Fa – Fong Sai Yuk’s kung fu fighting Mum), Paul Chu (Fong Tak – Fong Sai Yuk’s Dad), Michelle Reis (Lui Ting Ting – Fong Sai Yuk’s love interest), Chan Chung Yung (Tiger Lui – Ting Ting’s Dad), Sibelle Hu (Lui Siu Wan – Tiger Lui’s wife), and Vincent Zhao (Nine Gates Go...Read more
I am quite addicted to martial arts movies, which is odd when you consider that I hate violence. But when I declaim my love for these films my offline friends s