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Post by James A » Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:33 am

I picked up Ong Bak 2 + 3 this weekend despite numerous warnings that they where turd. Well apart from some o.k fights (Nothing on the original) and one or two amazing moments theywere a right let down. Reading around there was alot of trouble around the filming of these but Mr Jaa your stock has dropped.
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Post by prinnysquad » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:53 pm

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prinnysquad wrote:The structure sounds similar to Return to the 36th Chamber, but the particulars sound somewhat different. If that's not the one, I'll have to do a bit more research.
from checking youtube that looks like the one,as i said it was a long time ago and i did get a lot wrong but there is a couple of key scenes that makes me confident your right i'll have to get a copy and confirm.thankyou i've been trying to find the name for an absolute age,ironically i recorded the 36th chamber and deciple of the 36th chamber off tv months ago hopiing one of those was right,little did i know i was so close thanks again :D
No problem. Hope it's defo the right one! It's a great film - Gordon Liu directed by Lau Kar Leung is always a good match-up! In fact, the 36th Chamber series is just excellent all round. The first film is one of my genre favourites!
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Post by prinnysquad » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:55 pm

James A wrote:I picked up Ong Bak 2 + 3 this weekend despite numerous warnings that they where turd. Well apart from some o.k fights (Nothing on the original) and one or two amazing moments theywere a right let down. Reading around there was alot of trouble around the filming of these but Mr Jaa your stock has dropped.
I haven't watched these yet - I'm more of an old skool bod - but after hearing opinions similar to this all ower the shop, I'll be viewing them with minimal expectations!
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Re: Martial art movies

Post by Rubberkeys » Sat Jun 18, 2011 3:33 pm

Anybody remember this film -

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085822/

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Post by goldenone » Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:50 am

I remember that film and when it was shown on TV in the 80's the programme announcer from my region (Yorkshire) clearly read the title wrongly as he announced something along the lines of....And next on YTV is the martial arts movie 'The Last Nee Nee Ya'.

He must have thought the word was Ninia and mistook the J for an I :)

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Post by prinnysquad » Sun Jun 19, 2011 4:28 am

Watched a decent old skool flick on Friday called Big Rascal. It features Shaw Brothers star Chi Kuan Chun in the leading role, as an ice-cool martial artist trying to make the best of his natural ability. He joins a small-time casino boss as his heavy. The boss contrives to create a situation whereby he can use his tough guy to make gains elsewhere. After his brother is persuaded by them to attack rival businesses, Chi rushes in to rescue him and take them over. The rival owner, played by Kam Kong, hires numerous well 'ards to challenge Chi.

It's a very small budget independent film and has some decent action. Nothing majorly eye-opening, just a pleasant watch. The MA feature a variety of styles and even some weapons work. Of course, compared to 90s films, it's very obvious that there's no contact made, but if you suspend disbelief and invest in the context, I found it to be a surprisingly nice way to spend 90 minutes.
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Post by nintendoidgamer » Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:31 am

for me personally I must have over 200+ MA films... and no matter what I watch IP MAN always comes back on top of the watch pile!

Even to the point I started Wing Chun lessons... haha inspiration type film :P

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Post by JetSetWilly » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:48 am

I know I mentioned this before, but its such an awesome film, it would be a crime not to mention it again. The Perfect Weapon. Quite expensive on dvd, but worth a watch for some excellent fight scenes.
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Post by carl_retrotext » Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:22 pm

karate kid on five right now! how many films has that Miyagee chap been in?

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Post by Crunchy » Sun Jul 24, 2011 2:33 pm

JetSetWilly wrote:I know I mentioned this before, but its such an awesome film, it would be a crime not to mention it again. The Perfect Weapon. Quite expensive on dvd, but worth a watch for some excellent fight scenes.
Does this have a guy called Jeff Speakman in it? It was on the box last night. And that usually means it'll be on the box again in short order. The beauty of digital telly. Everything gets a repeat.

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Post by pratty » Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:26 pm

Im glad I found this thread, I need to visit Blast to the Past more often.

Too many favourites to mention but my all time favourite is Miracles (aka The Canton Godfather, aka Mr Canton and Lady Rose) .

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MmIDLzjmwU :D

It's directed by Jackie Chan himself and he went to a lot of expense to make it a classy, old-school Hollywood style production, even going as far as to import cameras from Hollywood. It has great action, comedy, decent story, high production values (for the time) and a boatload of cameos to look out for.
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Post by c0nfu53d » Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:02 pm

Miracles is very enjoyable , but not Chans best film surely? Project A, Drunken master and my all time fav JC film, City Hunter are better movies. I also love the Korean film Volcano High. Anybody who hasn't seen this should - It's a blast start to finish.

Volcano High trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj4gD6kU_ug

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Post by pratty » Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:47 am

c0nfu53d wrote:Miracles is very enjoyable , but not Chans best film surely? Project A, Drunken master and my all time fav JC film, City Hunter are better movies. I also love the Korean film Volcano High. Anybody who hasn't seen this should - It's a blast start to finish.

Volcano High trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj4gD6kU_ug
I admit the likes of Project A, Police Story and Drunken Master perhaps have better action and stunts, but for me Miracles is a more ambitious film that attempts to stand up against it's Hollywood counterparts, as being not just at martial arts film where we tend to fogive sub-par acting and plots.

Also to me Miracles really stands out especially against a lot of Jackie's early period films like Drunken Master, Snake in the Eagles's Shadow and The Young Master which all look very similar and tread very familiar territory. City Hunter is a lot of fun too but I think Miracles is a much beter alround film. Of course it's a personal thing. :)

I'm sure I've heard/read somewhere that while Jackie Chan publicly states that Police Story is his favourite of his films, it's actually Miracles that he's personally most proud off because he felt it was one of few times he got to make a film exactly as he wanted to and felt like a proper filmmaker.

I've seen Volcano High and it's very enjoyable, it's probably cliche to call it a "martial arts Harry Potter" but it's not a bad description.

I have have the Prem Asia DVD so I've never sampled the infamous MTV dub with all the rappers.
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Re: Martial art movies

Post by c0nfu53d » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:25 am

I'll have to checkout the MTV dub sometime as I'm a big hip hop fan - Ive only seen the Prem Asia dub myself.

For me City Hunter is awesome because it's enjoyable on so many levels. The first time i saw it I laughed so hard I had to pause film. Humor aside the fights are amazing and very varied thanks to the mixture of western/eastern actors. The UK's Gary Daniels and Austrailian Richard Norton in particular are amazing Richard Norton almost out fights jackie Chan at the end which is an achievement in it's self. Add to this the paradies (Bruce Lee and SFII) plus the super hot acteresses and you have a film that will never get old.

If you want to see a JC film that stands out from the others, have you see Georgeous? I get the feeling JC had alot of input into that films plot and structure. As a result it has a very different feel while keeping standard Chan feel to it.

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Re: Martial art movies

Post by retrogamer1981 » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:30 am

I like Bloodsport and Kickboxer.

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