Shinichi Chiba (A.K.A. Sonny) became a star in the global kung fu fever inspired by Bruce Lee and the international success of his unfortunate swansong, Enter the Dragon. Like many of his Hong Kong peers, Chiba starred in an awful lot of movies and not
Let’s be honest, what is there really left to say about Police Story? It’s one of the icons of Hong Kong action, it launched a 7 movie spanning franchise, it was pivotal in making Jackie Chan one of the most beloved faces in world cinema,
If DVDs wore out like VHS did, my old Hong Kong Legends Iron Monkey DVD would’ve been degraded to the degree that it’d probably play more like a bootleg than a legitimate release. Everyone has movies like that, movies where you know you want to
How American cinema has changed since the 1980s, I’ll use the action film as the conduit to make this point. Back then we had ridiculously over the top, jingoistic, star vehicles centred around a handful of names. Now, those films are shot and financed exclusively
Folk Heroes are such huge figures of Chinese culture that to western eyes it may look like the milking of a particularly bounteous cash cow, look at Wong Fei Hung & Fong Sai-Yuk – between them we are looking at hundreds of titles. Both of
Happy New Year, everyone! This is the Classic Film Kid again, and with the Christmas decorations rightfully being taken down and the tree being boxed up again, it’s time to get back with some serious reviewing, and we will kick off 2017 with a review
For UK home video aficionado’s two labels exemplified martial arts and Asian cinema, Tartan and Hong Kong Legends, both of whom now cease to be. Third Window and a band of small independents have taken some of the slack for Tartan’s demise, but for martial
In Clement Cheng’s directorial debut we have Gallants, homage to all things 70s Kung Fu and Shaw Brothers, much in the same way that Kung Fu Hustle was only this is a much more restrained and solemn piece of film making. As the films narration goes on to describe, Gallants is the story of loser, Cheung (You-Nam Wong) who cannot do his job as an estate agent. He is constantly causing trouble for his bosses, so to get rid of him he is sent off into the Chinese countryside to resolve a dispute on the rental of a property. When he gets there he causes a dispute to be elevated to the point where it becomes a full-blown face off. Along the way there are love-interests, training montages and loss. All of these things are common place in the martial arts genre, so don’t expect the film to say anything new through its narrative.