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Zu: the movie that inspired Big Trouble In Little China

Craig Lines Jun 7, 2017

Our latest delve into martial arts cinema looks at the movie that inspired a John Carpenter favourite...

I've had a few comments here on my martial arts features asking "Where's the best place to start with martial arts films?" and I always find myself struggling to answer. The genre's so broad that it's hard to know what to recommend - different people will respond to different films, of course - and yet all this time, the perfect answer for Den Of Geek readers has been staring me in the face. If you've grown up on the geek diet of comic books, Star Wars, Lord Of The Rings, and the Diy SFX of Doctor Who, then the ideal martial arts starter movie for you is Zu: Warriors From The Magic Mountain (1983).

Zu was a significant film for the Hong Kong 'New Wave' movement that revolutionised the industry in the late 70s.
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My Top 30 Kung Fu/Martial Art Stars Of All Time

When it comes to listing Kung Fu/Martial Art performers in a certain order, i have to say its very difficult. Everyone mentioned below are my personal top 30 of all time, i do understand everyone will have a different take and have their own personal list, so please don’t hate me (Lol). The ones i have chosen are those who i enjoyed watching the most since I got into Kung Fu/Martial Art cinema in the early 1990’s.

So please enjoy my personal favorite top 30, those i enjoy watching the most and hope you enjoy the list.

30.Casanova Wong

29.Lee Hoi San

28.Chang Yi

27.Kwan Tak Hing

26.Chin Siu Ho

25.Yukari Oshima

24.Jean Claude Van Damme

23.Kara Hui

22.Fung Hak On

21.Ku Feng

20.Cynthia Rothrock

19.Moon Lee

18.Fu Sheng

17.Lam Ching Ying

16.Yuen Wah

15.Hwang Jang Lee

14.Johnny Wang

13.David Chiang

12.Angela Mao

11.Leung Kar Yan

10.Bruce Lee

9.Lau Kar Leung
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The Raymond Chow And Golden Harvest Era (Part 2)

(1981-1989 – The Three Dragons)

After the early 1980’s, Golden Harvest started to branch out into the modern-day world leaving behind the Kung Fu cinema age and progressing into something massive. From 1981 onwards, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao (The Three Dragons) were about to embark on a sensational journey, progressing from there Kung Fu genre into modern-day Martial Arts and stunt work, something Shaw Brothers were left behind and Golden Harvest was to be the new global company.

Jackie Chan back then headed to the United states to try to break into the international market, but the movies he appeared in didn’t really take off and Jackie was also disappointed with the filming of The Big Brawl. Jackie felt he never had chance to show off his action choreography and wasn’t given the space to add his world of experience to the movie. Although it was Directed
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Get Ready For Tiger Cop 1-2 Directed By Adrian Castro

Written and Directed By:Adrian Castro

Produced By:Maria Tran

Dop:Justin Gong

Fight Choreographer:Trung Ly

Cinematographer:Justin Gong

Make-up Artist:Taylor Davis

Tiger Cop is a fine example of the classic 1980’s Chinese Martial Art genre. If you are fans of Yukari Oshima, Moon Lee and Cynthia Rothrock then this right up your street. Tiger Cop is two sets of extravagant trailers which pays homage to them movies and stars which brought us hard-hitting fight scenes over the years.

Maria Tran plays the new inspector on the force and right away she gets into trouble when introduced to her new partner. It’s a very well choreographed fight scene showcasing Maria’s hand to hand combat, the art of blocking and some very nice kicks. Maria really mixes it up, when watching the fights it takes me back to watching movies such as Angels, Outlaw brothers, Yes Madam and more.
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Moon lee: Interview With Martial Arts Screen legend

Moon lee is simply one of the greatest female fighters in Martial Arts film history. Her high tempo fight scenes and hard hitting action ranks her among the greats, along with Angela Mao, Cynthia Rothrock and Yukari Oshima.

Some of her early movies roles which spring to mind are as follows – Zu: Warriors From The Magic Mountain, The Champions, Those Merry Souls and The Protector. After that we got to see her in the first two classic Mr.Vampire movies, but it wasn’t until the movie Angel that we finally seen what she could do. “Girls with Guns” genre was born, Moon teamed up with Yukari Oshima and delivered big time that females could fight as well and tough as men do and wow, she was not wrong.

Moon Lee stepped away from making movies around 1995, but as always continued doing her main passion which is dancing, something she
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List Of 30 Yuen Biao Movies To Enjoy

Yuen Biao is one of the greatest screen performers of all time. He exploded onto our screens when Sammo Hung cast him in the amazing movie Knockabout and he has never looked back since.

This list will be familiar with most fans around the world, but this list is also for people who are new to this genre and want to check out some great flicks. I have added a few movies, which are a bit low budget but does contain some nice action.

I know there are still many Yuen Biao movies i could have named in this list, some i shall give a mention to at the bottom of the feature. So i hope you like the movies i have listed, if your new to Yuen Biao please check out some of these great flicks.

1.Dreadnaught (1981)

Directed By: Yuen Woo Ping

Cast: Kwan Tak Hing, Leung Kar Yan,
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The Sophia Crawford Interview

http://www.sophiacrawford.com

Sophia Crawford is a British actress who has starred in many movies and tv shows either kicking some serious butt or doubling others with some fantastic stunt work. Sophia has worked with some of the best in Kung Fu cinema which includes Moon Lee, Yukari Oshima, Yuen Wah, Kim Won Jin, Simon Yam, Gordon Liu and so on.

Many of you might know that Sophia also doubled Sarah Michelle Geller in the tv series “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, did stunts on the show “Power Rangers” and is still an active member of the United Stunt-womens Association.

Sophia has also doubled for people in Hollywood movies such as Scary Movie 3, Mission: Impossible III, Angels & Demons, Anchorman and many more.

I don’t want to mention to many things as Sophia will tell us about many of her experiences in the interview below, so please enjoy and
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Tiger Cop 3 (Maria Tran) Filming Starts Very Soon

A few months ago i posted a fight clip from Maria Tran and her incredible hard working team which was titled Tiger Cop 2. The short fight scene reminded me off the days when Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima were in fine fighting form with hard hitting action, so i had to do a feature on there next project Tiger Cop 3.

Time traveling back to the Hong Kong 80s/90s old school era, Tiger Cop III will be another embarkment action homage to the days of Moon Lee, Michelle Yeoh and Cynthia Rothrock.

The 30 second clip Tiger Cop II was shot over 2 hours in late July as a fun tribute and as a response to Yellow Zone, an 80s Hong Kong style fan action short by the German boys; Andy Long, Can Ayin and Khoi Chau, has now sparked another clip.

Reintroducing Maria Tran (Fist of the Dragon) as well as
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King Of Kung Fu: My Top 25 Golden Harvest Movies (25 – 11)

This is a run down of my favorite movies from the Golden Harvest studio. I had a tough time choosing the order, which i changed quiet a few times. So i hope you enjoy my list and i understand everyone has there own favorites and own list, so enjoy and let me know your favorites in the comment box at the bottom of the page.

25:The Young Master

Cast:Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, Wang In Sik, Wai Pak, Lily Li, Sek Kin

24:Broken Oath

Cast:Angela Mao, Bruce Liang, Sammo Hung, Dean Shek

23:Hapkido

Cast:Angela Mao, Sammo Hung, Carter Wong, Wang In Sik

22:Way Of The Dragon

Cast:Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Bob Wall

21:On The Run

Cast:Yuen Biao, Pat Ha, Yuen Wah, Lo Lieh, Philip Ko

20:Duel To The Death

Cast:Norman Chu, Damian Lau, Eddie Ko, Casanova Wong

19:Mr.Vampire

Cast:Lam Ching Ying, Moon Lee,
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King Of Kung Fu: My Top 25 Golden Harvest Movies (25 – 11)

This is a run down of my favorite movies from the Golden Harvest studio. I had a tough time choosing the order, which i changed quiet a few times. So i hope you enjoy my list and i understand everyone has there own favorites and own list, so enjoy and let me know your favorites in the comment box at the bottom of the page.

25:The Young Master

Cast:Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, Wang In Sik, Wai Pak, Lily Li, Sek Kin

24:Broken Oath

Cast:Angela Mao, Bruce Liang, Sammo Hung, Dean Shek

23:Hapkido

Cast:Angela Mao, Sammo Hung, Carter Wong, Wang In Sik

22:Way Of The Dragon

Cast:Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Bob Wall

21:On The Run

Cast:Yuen Biao, Pat Ha, Yuen Wah, Lo Lieh, Philip Ko

20:Duel To The Death

Cast:Norman Chu, Damian Lau, Eddie Ko, Casanova Wong

19:Mr.Vampire

Cast:Lam Ching Ying, Moon Lee,
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Lam Ching Ying Vs The Dead: Top 10 Movies

Lam Ching Ying is my favorite star in any Horror movie, weather it be taking on hopping vampires or just plain old spirits, no one does it better than lam.

His roles in the Mr.Vampire movies show his skills as an actor, with great comic timing which goes well with his serious acting side, which we dont normally get to see on screen. This role would make him, not just a big star in Asia but also worldwide as the master of Vampire killers.

I hope you enjoy my top 10 list and please feel free to write your own favorites in the comments box at the bottom of the page.

10.Mr.Vampire 2 (1986)

Cast:Lam Ching Ying, Yuen Biao, Moon Lee, Chung Fat, Billy Lau

Mr.Vampire 2 as some good moments throughout the movie but doesn’t live up to the first one. Here Lam Ching Ying takes on Hopping
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Hit Girls – Action Short Comedy (Juju Chan/Maria Tran)

Starring: Juju Chan, Maria Tran, Thien Nguyen, Peter Yu, Adrian Castro, Kenny On

Directed by: Maria Tran, Adrian Castro

Written by: Maria Tran

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Hit Girls is a Independant movie, an action comedy short film which will be shot in Fairfield and launched in December 2012. It is a quirky, fast-paced, action platform about two unlikely assassin heroines, Pixie Ho (Juju Chan, Hong Kong pop singer and action movie star) and Maria Tran (ABC’s logie award “My Place”). I support anyone who os trying very hard to make a living in the industry and showing that they have the skills to go much futhur and i am happy to show there skills on the site.

Plot

Two mismatched killer assassins, sexy elite barbie Pixie Ho (Juju Chan) and hot-tempered, tomboy partner Charlie Vu (Maria Tran) are reaching breaking point in their tag team partnership.
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Cine Asia Presents: A new wave of classics

Cine-asia Is Excited To Announce A New Wave Of Hkl Classics Set To Be Re-released On DVD Under The Cine-asia Presents Hkl Banner

Arriving In UK Stores And Online Stockists

15Th October 2012

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In his first historic feature for a Western audience, Jackie takes up the role of Jerry Kwan, a flamboyant Kung Fu expert, forced to compete in a no-holds-barred street-fighting tournament by heavy-hitting syndicate mobsters.

Crafted by the director and producer that brought you the Bruce Lee classic Enter the Dragon, Battle Creek Brawl is a stunning showcase for the remarkable physical prowess of Jackie Chan. Performing some of the fastest and most powerful Wing Chun hand techniques ever recorded on film, Jackie also stops the show with a multi-point bicycle-kick performed effortlessly without the aid of a wire!

Combining action, romance and Chan’s remarkable physical comedy, Battle Creek Brawl is a dynamic martial-arts extravaganza,
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Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima: They brought the action

If you hear the names Moon Lee and Yukari Oshima, then you will probably know that when they come to fight, they bring us hard hitting action. It was the movie Angel(1986) that made people stand up and take notice with Moon, along with her co-star Yukari Oshima now on their way to becoming action stars.

Moon Lee

Other names: 李赛凤

Lee Choi Fong

Moon Lee

Birth date: 14/2/1965

Nationality: Hong Kong

Workplace: Hong Kong

Selected Filmography

1983: Zu: Warriors From The Magic Mountain

1985:The Protector

1985:Mr.Vampire

1986:Angel

1989:Princess Madam

1990:New Killers In Town

1992:Beauty Investigator

2008:Only The Way

Bio

From age 6 to 12, Moon lived in Kaohsiung, Taiwan for 6 years with her father, who had business there. She attended Youchang Elementary School. During her stay in Taiwan, she learned mandarin Chinese and developed her piano and dance expertise. As a result, she often had performances.

When she first
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Billy Chow: Kickboxer To Movie Villain

Other names: 周比利

Billy Chow

Billy Chow Bei Lay

Zhou Bi Li

Birth date: 24/9/1958

Nationality: Canada, Hong Kong

Workplace: Hong Kong

Style: Kickboxing

Selected Filmography:

1986:Paper Marriage

1987:Eastern Condors

1988:Dragons Forever

1989:Pedicab Driver

1990:Magic Cop – Mr.Vampire 5

1994:Fist Of Legend

2004:Hero Youngster

Billy Chow is one of them guys, when you look back at some of the best martial art movies made in the 80′s and 90′s, he more or less pops up in them with a great performance. Mainly known as a movie villain and a great one at that, billy actually started his path to stardom as a kick boxer.

Kickboxing career

Chow was the Wka super welterweight kickboxing champion of the world from 1984 to 1986, his final match came on November 20, 2007, in which he lost via decision to Akarn Sanehha of Thailand.

Movie Career

Billy Chow first started off in his movie career in a film called Winner Takes All
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The Next Female Martial Arts Superstar – Jeeja Yanin

When you think of the great female martial art stars, names like Kara Hui, Angela Mao, Moon lee, Yukari oshima and Michelle Yeoh will come to mind. But in the past few years, a new fighter as emerged and she is showing the world just how good she is, her name is Jeeja Yanin.

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Name: Yanin Vismitananda / JeeJa Yanin / JiJa Yanin

Thai: ญาณิน วิสมิตะนันทน์

Birthdate: March 31, 1984

Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand

Height: 162 cm

Jeeja has been labeled the female version of Tony Jaa, with her high impact martial art scenes and stunt work, but also you can tell she is a big fan of Jackie Chan, performing stunts very similar to “Rumble In The Bronx” in the movie Chocolate (Factor fight scene). The movie “Chocolate” was released in 2008 and since then she as gone from strength to strength starring in movies such as Raging Phoenix (2008), Jak Ka
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The Vampire Killer – Lam Ching Ying (Vampire movies)

I thought it was about time i did a post on the great vampire buster of all time, yes you got it, lam Ching Ying. This will be listing all the movies and tv series where Lam Ching Ying either stars in or takes on the hopping vampires and evil spirits.

His roles in the Mr.Vampire movies show his skills as an actor, with great comic timing which goes well with his serious acting side, which we normally get to see on screen. This role would make him, not just a big star in Asia but also worldwide as the master of Vampire killers.

Other great movies which he starred in (But not in a vampire movie) were the likes of The Prodigal Son, School On Fire, Eastern Condors, The Magnificent Butcher and Painted Faces.

I have been a big fan of these movies since i first watched Mr.
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Final Tiff titles include Mr. Nobody, Dogtooth

242 feature length pics which 95 world premiers.. Wow, I wish I was going, but our lucky Toronto correspondent Rick McGrath will be there instead. (Very lucky Toronto correspondent) Among the standouts are:

Some serious Greek weirdness I'm dying to see in Dogtooth.

Lars Von Triers insanity leaks out in Antichrist. (review)

The long awaited scifi awesomeness starring Jared Leto, Mr. Nobody.

And Locarno winner from the hip UK firm Warp X, She, A Chinese.

List of remaining flicks after the break.

Special Presentations

Mr. Nobody Jaco Van Dormael, France/Germany/Canada/Belgium

North American Premiere

Mr. Nobody tells the story of Nemo (Jared Leto), the world's oldest man. In 2092, Mars has become a trendy vacation destination and humans have achieved immortality, thanks to advances in genetics. At the age of 120 years, Nemo is the last mortal left on Earth. His death is drawing near, and media from all over the world
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Tiff Fills Out Cwc with Cannes' Dogtooth, Le Père de mes Enfants and Tales from the Golden Age

  • If I'm counting right, a total of 23 titles have been added to the Contemporary World CInema section and I can vouch for a trio of Cannes titles that I have seen in the awesomely disturbing Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth, Mia Hansen-LøveMia Hansen-Løve
[/link]'s delicate Le Père de mes Enfants and Cristian Mungiu and co.'s humor-filled look at communism in native Romania in Tales from the Golden Age. Almost all of these titles have recently appeared on the film festival circuit after Cannes. Here is the full list below. Contemporary World Cinema 25 Carat Patxi Amezcua, Spain North American Premiere From director Patxi Amezcua comes a fresh action film that delves into the world of thieves, go-getters, swindlers, thugs, mafia members and corrupt police officers in Barcelona. Adrift Bui Thac Chuyen, Vietnam North American Premiere This is a sensual drama about a newlywed couple, exploring sexual awakening, forbidden lesbian desire and marital infidelity within modern Vietnam.
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