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With Us audiences at least, Yuen Woo Ping is probably the best known and most popular of Chinese martial arts movie choreographers. His work on American pictures like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Matrix helped cement his cult status, though it's probably fair to say much of his best work is found in his Chinese and Hong Kong productions like Fist of Legend and Iron Monkey. After a break of fourteen years since his last big screen outing as a director, as opposed to just action director, stunt co-ordinator or choreographer, Yuen is now completing True Legend. As you'd see from the trailer - embedded after the break - it's another telling of the story of Beggar Su, the legendary character described in the official synopsis thus: A wealthy man living during the Qing Dynasty loses his fortune and reputation as a result of a conspiracy against him. After »
- Brendon Connelly
Before we get to this week's poll results, I think it's worth mentioning that there was some heated discussion over what exactly constitutes a "martial arts movie". The truth is, I have no idea... I was thinking of just about any action movie in which the majority of the combat uses some form of Asian fighting style. Clearly that's a pretty broad way to categorize it, but some people felt that a movie like Seven Samurai should not qualify, probably because it has a little more to it than simply fighting for the sake of fighting. Either way, Bruce Lee came out on top, although the number of votes seemed to correspond largely to how well-known a movie was (ie. the more obscure "classics" ended up getting the least number of votes). Do you agree that Enter The Dragon is the greatest martial arts flick of all time? What are »
There are few people that are aware of the growing movie market overseas. Thailand is emerging as a serious threat in the marital arts action genre with the help of Tony Jaa (Ong Bak); Russia is proving they can make a slick and entertaining film thanks to studios like Disney (Black Lightning); and, of course, Japan has always been the source for many Hollywood studios’ “inspired” horror remakes (The Ring, The Grudge). One foreign market that tends to be brushed off as only doing kung-fu or martial art films is China.
Today we have a trailer for a new Asian film which has the odd IMDb genre label of romance/sci-fi called Ci Ling (Treasure Hunter). Why are we at Screen Rant sharing this trailer with you? Because Treasure Hunter stars an actor most English-speaking audiences may not be familiar with yet, but will be next year: Jay Chou. Chou »
- Paul Young
Killer Imports  is a regular feature on Film Junk where we explore foreign-language films from around the world that haven’t yet had their chance to shine. Whenever I appear on the Film Junk podcast and review a film, I invariably have a negative opinion. And when I write film reviews for the Film Junk web site, I invariably have a positive opinion, even for films that many Film Junk readers would consider bad. The discrepancy has to do with the fact that I don’t get to choose which films to review on the podcast. I find it easier to give reasons on why I like something rather than why I don’t like something. So for me, writing a positive review is easier to write and seems more worthwhile since someone may be influenced by a positive review to watch a film that I feel deserves attention. No »
Sure, the title may not sound like it’s got buckets of martial arts fun waiting for you (”Garnet on the Golden Sand”???), but consider the director involved: Yuen Woo-ping. Westerners will know him as the guy who made the martial arts in Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” and the Wachowskis’ “Matrix” movies look credible, while Asian film enthusiasts will know him more as the man behind such kung fu kickassery as “Drunken Master”, “Iron Monkey”, and Stephen Chow’s “Kung Fu Hustle”. Now the legendary director is set to direct the American-Hong Kong co-production “Garnet on the Golden Sand”. So what’s the deal with this not-very-kung-fu sounding “Garnet on the Golden Sand”? Written by Jun Tan, the film is set in the 17th century, and follows a European merchant and two Chinese swordsmen who are recruited by the leader of a prosperous trade town along the Silk Road »
In 1978 he achieved his first directing credit on the seminal Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, starring Jackie Chan, then quickly followed with the similar Drunken Master. The films were smash-hits, launching Jackie Chan as a major film-star. He went on to work with such figures as Sammo Hung in Magnificent Butcher (1979), Yuen Biao in Dreadnaught (1981), Donnie Yen in several films including Iron Monkey (1993), and Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh in several films including Tai Chi Master (1993) and Wing Chun (1994). His work, particularly his action choreography on Fist of Legend (1994), attracted the attention of the Wachowski brothers, who hired him as the kung-fu choreographer on The Matrix (1999). The success of this collaboration, plus his action choreography on the following year's hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, made him a highly sought after figure in Hollywood. He went on to work on the Matrix sequels and Kill Bill (2003). It's been 12 years since Yuen Woo-ping, »
Legendary action choreographer Yuen Woo Ping might be best known for his work on The Matrix and Kill Bill(s), but he's been a noted filmmaker in Hong Kong for decades (see Iron Monkey or Wing Chun for a sample of the man's capabilities). He hasn't spent too much time in Hollywood lately, getting back behind the camera and the kicking for old-school action (and sound effects!) in the period martial arts epic True Legend (Su Qi-er). Check the trailer below for a welcome dose of flying fists »
- Dave Davis
He’s known for being the martial arts choreographer of 'The Matrix' films, the Oscar-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and the 'Kill Bill' flicks, but Yuen Woo-Ping has also had quite the accomplished directorial career. Drunken Master, released in 1978, made a star out of a then-obscure Jackie Chan, and both Fist of Legend and Iron Monkey are considered classics of the genre.
After more than a decade without any directorial efforts, Yuen is getting behind the camera again for True Legend, which tells the tale of Chinese folk hero Su Qi Er. Also known as the King of Beggars, Su is a wealthy Qing dynasty patron whose status and riches are falsely taken from him, but manages to rise up from poverty again, thanks to his martial arts abilities and a few trusted pals. The movie features Vincent Zhao as Su, internationally-recognized stars Michelle Yeoh and Gordon Liu, »
Directors: Michael J. Bassett
Writers: Michael J. Bassett
Review by: rochefort
Rating: 6 out of 10
The 1600's don't get nearly enough love in cinema, and it's a real shame. The era of witch hunts, musketeers, and flintlock pistols is a ripe one, and has been the setting for such gems as "Captain Blood", "The Three Musketeers" (partial to the Oliver Reed one, of course; totally badass), and "The Conqueror Worm" (aka "Witchfinder General"). And as much money as the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films have made, their success has led more to the greenlighting of franchises based on rides and brands than any real cinematic rediscovery of the 17th century. Anyway, there's something genuinely irresistible about this time frame, at least for me.
I don't know if it's the constant specter of religious strife in the pre- and post-Cromwell era, the fact that this part of »
Monkeys throw their own feces. Doesn.t that make you mad? What does that have to do with the film? Nothing really, just seeing if you were reading the review. This takeoff on Robin Hood and Zorro features some excellent wire-fu, but no feces throwing. Iron Monkey is the masked vigilante who robs from the rich and gives the proceeds to the poor. The corrupt local government is out to stop this pilfering of their wealth. The poor guards whooped by the Iron Monkey are treated gratis by Dr. Yang Tianchun (Yu Rongguang). Unbeknownst to everyone, it was he who beat them up the night before since he.s the Iron Monkey. The governor (James Wong) has his gold stolen »
- Jeff Swindoll
DVD Playhouse—September 2009
The Human Condition (Criterion) Masaki Kobayashi’s epic (574 minutes) adaptation of Junpei Gomikawa’s six-volume novel was originally made and released as three separate films (1959-61), and is rightfully regarded as a landmark of Japanese cinema. Candide-like story of naïve, good-hearted Kaiji (Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai) from labor camp supervisor, to Imperial Army solider, to Soviet Pow, and Kaiji’s struggle to maintain his humanity throughout. Unfolds with the mastery of a great novel, beautifully-shot, and a stunning example of cinematic mastery on the part of its makers. Four-disc set bonuses include: Interview with Kobayashi; Interview with Nakadai; Featurette; Trailer; Essay by critic Philip Kemp. Widescreen. Dolby 3.0 surround.
State Of Play (Universal) Russell Crowe stars as a veteran Washington D.C. political reporter investigating the murder of an aide to a rising congressional star (Ben Affleck), who also happens to be an old friend. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
I’ll say this upfront for Iron Monkey fans who have been hoping for a release of the original film: this is not the Blu-ray you are looking for.
By that, of course, I mean that it still has the same edits and erroneous subtitles that changed the story from the 2001 American theatrical release. That’s because this release is nothing more than a port of the original DVD release, consisting of only the movie and two video interviews. Not that we should expect any differently since it’s just a rerelease of a foreign kung fu movie with limited appeal, but it’s disappointing all the same.
A little background of what the problem is: when Quentin Tarantino first urged Miramax to release this 1993 Hong Kong film in America several years ago, for some reason they decided to implement some unnecessary edits and changes. It’s really annoying how »
- Arya Ponto
To the typical American mainstream movie fan, The Ultimate Force of Four Blu-ray box set may be a treasure trove of remastered “Kung Fu” flicks. Though not the best the genre has to offer, it does contain some of the biggest hits on these shores since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon first arrived and opened the eyes of an unsuspecting populace.
Included in the Blu-ray set is the 1994 Jackie Chan film The Legend of Drunken Master which was released in the States in 2000. Directed by Chia-Liang Liu, Chan defends the honor of the Chinese people by kicking, punching and leaping off buildings in order to stop the heinous transfer of Chinese treasures by the evil British. Though The Legend of Drunken Master, isn’t the best example of the genre nor Chan’s best, it’s a favorite for easy Sunday afternoon movie watching. Considering Chan’s energy and dynamic action »
- Erik Buckman
Chicago – Attention martial arts fans, Buena Vista Home Video recently released a wave of martial arts films on Blu-Ray under the title “The Ultimate Force of Four” box set, including one of Jet Li’s best films, the spectacular “Hero,” from director Zhang Yimou. “Hero” is easily the highlight of the quartet of recent HD releases but “Iron Monkey,” “The Legend of Drunken Master,” and “Zatoichi” will all satisfy fans in 1080p (as long as they’re not purists about audio tracks).
Three of the four titles are merely HD imports of special features and films already available on standard DVD. The exception is “Hero,” which includes an all-new featurette and a digital copy, but is actually one of the most divisive Blu-Rays of the year. Miramax/Buena Vista has made the baffling choice to include a higher caliber quality of audio for the dubbed tracks on “Hero,” “Iron Monkey, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
So, this week on top of seeing Jennifer's Body, Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which I already reviewed right here, I didn't exactly watch an overwhelming amount of movies at home. As a matter of fact, it boils down to the following three movies and one TV show. As always, remember you can keep tabs on my personal Netflix queue right here. Now, here's the recap of my week in movies... Iron Monkey (1993) Quick Thoughts: In my weekly DVD and Blu-ray column I mentioned I was going to try and take in all four of the martial arts films in Buena Vista's "The Ultimate Force Four" Blu-ray pack, but I only ended up watching all of Iron Monkey and then the first half of Jackie Chan's The Legend of Drunken Master before I just couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. However, I »
- Brad Brevet
For the film fanatic, there was an evolution. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Hong Kong cinema came to a prominence because of the great works of filmmakers like John Woo and actors like Jackie Chan. This was the second boom of the industry after Bruce Lee invigorated youths in the 70’s, but died all too young. And from that there was also a loyal following for the Shaw Brothers from some, and an interest in Chan - among others - but you had to live near a Chinatown or have a kick ass video store to find this stuff. Not everyone was so lucky. The crossover appeal was there, but mostly for film nerds willing to watch some shitty ass copies of great films. As time progressed Asain cinema of all stripes made a huge dent in nerd culture, with Japan and Korea following, as filmmakers like Takashi Miike, »
- Andre Dellamorte
Now available on Blu-ray for the first time from Buena Vista Home Entertainment are a quarter of kung fu films: The Legend of Drunken Master, Hero: Special Edition, Iron Monkey and The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi. One lucky reader will take home all four of these films on Blu-ray. Two runner ups will receive the new Hero: Special Edition on DVD. For a chance to win, send in the completed entry form below. If you want better odds, return any or every day the contest is active and enter again. Good luck! »
The first of the summer blockbusters, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, makes its way to DVD this week with very little in the way of other competing studio releases. The inane comedy Next Day Air and Jessica Biel romantic comedy Easy Virtue are also in stores, along with some genre flicks including Grace, Deadgirl and Pvc-1. And, of course, how can resist yet Another version of Army of Darkness? What's on your shopping list/rental queue this week? X-Men Origins: Wolverine  (DVD, Blu-ray ) Next Day Air  Easy Virtue  (DVD, Blu-ray ) Deadgirl  Grace  (DVD, Blu-ray ) Pvc-1  Nerdcore Rising  Army of Darkness: Screwhead Edition  (DVD, Blu-ray ) Bonanza: Season 1  Fame: Seasons 1 & 2  Crash: Season 1  (DVD, Blu-ray ) Grey's Anatomy: Season 5  (DVD, Blu-ray ) My Name is Earl: Season 4  (DVD, Blu-ray ) The It Crowd: Season 3  The Big Bang Theory: Season 2  It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 4  Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Clone Commandos  X-Men: Vol. »
DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed X-Men Origins: Wolverine I wish DVD and Blu-ray sales were more readily available, because it will be interesting to see what kind of business this title does. Fanboys seemed to hate this film across the board, so I can't help but wonder how many of them will buy it on the down low and hide it under their bed when their friends come over. I, for one, actually didn't think it was all that bad. It was, at the very least, entertaining. This isn't to say I think you should buy it, but it works as a one-time watch. The Ultimate Force of Four
Hero / Zatoichi / Iron Monkey / The Legend of Drunken Master Buena Vista Home Entertainment sent me these and I am going to be watching all four and bring you a review hopefully by the end of the week. »
- Brad Brevet
We have a fun Ta Follows the Stars for you this afternoon. There is a new interview from Jackson Rathbone and his band 100 Monkeys from Vancouver and some details from Peter Facinelli through twitternbspFirst we have Jackson Rathbone and his band 100 MonkeysThe world has already encountered The Monkees Iron Monkey Monkey Bone 12 Monkeys Monkey Business The Curse of Monkey Island The Arctic Monkeys and ton of other primate collaborations but never before has the world encountered something quite like 100 Monkeys.The Los Angelesbased band comprised of Ben Graupner Jackson Rathbone from the Twilight movie saga Jerad Anderson Ben Johnson and Uncle Larry will be performing in Vancouver on Sept. 12 at the Rickshaw Theatre. Will be it an event of tree swinging proportions? Can you afford to monkey around? Drop that banana and find out.RockStar Weekly had a chance to talk to the entire band about coming to Vancouver how »
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