Supposedly dead, embittered former official, The Ghost Face Killer has returned and seeking revenge on those martial arts masters than once opposed him - his name is infamous and his Five ... See full summary »
Jackie Chan stars as the young warrior Hsu Yiu Fong. Hsu has been entrusted with the book of the "Art of the Snake and Crane," after the mysterious disappearance of the eight Shaolin ... See full summary »
An aging martial arts expert is gifted a plaque from the Emperor declaring him the Kung Fu World Champion. Unsure of whether or not be is deserving of this title, he embarks on a journey to defeat the 7 Grandmasters.
Jackie Chan is a boy who is used as a janitor at his kung-fu school. Jackie Chan can't fight and is always getting bullied by the teachers and pupils. One day an old man helps Jackie train ... See full summary »
A short-tempered, violent criminal named "White Tiger" is on the run from the police and joins a theater troupe for disguise, killing anyone who angers him or who suspects his identity. One... See full summary »
Brand new epic adventure set during a tumultuous time in China, when left without a leader, the cavalry is attacked by the powerful allies and pirate bands. A martial arts master, Wong ... See full summary »
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As China and Russia's governments are talking peace, traitorous agents on both sides seek war. Enter John Liu as a special agent sent to identify who the Russian traitor is, and who his contact is within the walls of the Forbidden City.
Snuffbottle connection - Tsui Hark borrowed some ideas for from this film for the third Once Upon a Time in China film; it is considered a classic of the late chop-sock 'fu film era (around 1980), for a number of very good reasons. The fight scenes are, for the most part, excellent. John Liu and Jang Lee Hwang, both talented kick-fighters, are neatly matched as opposing participants in a political intrigue for the future of China's relations with Russia. Meng Fei turns in his best-ever performance (as far as I'm aware), thanks in no small part to a fairly mature dramatic script, certainly far better than the scripts for most of the films in this genre at that time. Even the occasional interjections of humor are well placed. The story also shows considerable savvy as regards the historical politics of China at the end of the 19th century. The camera work and editing are solidly professional. Overall, a fine example of the genre just before the infusion of new blood (ie.e., e.g., Jackie Chan) would necessitate a rewrite of all the rules.
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