Wong Fei Hung has always been a part of Chinese cinema starting with Kwan Tak Hing playing the folk hero followed by Jet Li in the Once Upon A Time in China series but this latest take on the legend is played by young actor Eddie Peng in Rise Of The Legend.
Late Qing Dynasty. Huangpu Port in Guangzhou is run by corruption and crime, ruled by rival gangs who exploit the people. One day, a stranger named Fei (Eddie Peng) comes to Huangpu and joins the Black Tiger gang, run with ruthlessness by Master Lei (Sammo Hung). After proving himself by taking out Lei’s nemesis, Fei becomes one of Lei’s most valued disciples. Meanwhile, a band of orphans – led by Fiery (Jing Boran) and Chun (Wang Luodan) – slowly make their presence known in Huangpu by taking down Black Tiger’s operations.
UK distributors Mediumrare have announced that they plan to release a number of Hong Kong films onto Blu ray and DVD. The announcement said:
Mediumrare Entertainment is delighted to announce the acquisation of some of Hong Kong’s finest martial arts films to be released through 2015. Plans are still to be ironed out but most of the titles will be restored in high definition from original 35mm masters and will be available in Blu-ray and limited edition steelbook, these movies will never have looked so good! Some highlights from the newly acquired titles are, Fist of Fury, Game of Death, The Way of the Dragon, The Big Boss, When Taekwondo Strikes, Armour of God, and the infamous Riki-Oh- The Story of Ricky.
Great news and hopefully these will be better than some of the upscaled Blu rays release in Hong Kong and elsewhere. Story Of Ricky (Dual Format) will be available June 8th.
Celestial Pictures spent a lot of money and time remastering most of the Shaw Brothers back catalogue starting in 2001 and released them to DVD in various countries around the world. The releases on Blu ray have been much more restrained, only around 5 in Hong Kong and a few in Germany and the USA were picked up for distribution.
Now IVL in Hong Kong have started to release a few titles onto Blu ray starting with this fabulous box set of all three 36th Chamber films directed by Lau Kar Leung.
Bruce Lee is still and probably always will be the King of Kung Fu movies and his films still sell well today after all these years. Seeing Bruce Lee in HD has been a bit more problematic as his films have not had the full remaster that they deserve (apart from Enter The Dragon which is a great Warners release).
Shout Factory in the USA went all out and released the Legacy Collection a large box set featuring the 4 remaining films of Bruce Lee on Blu ray and DVD as well as documentary dvd releases and a great booklet.
This Premiere collection is a slim down version of that set for those like me who did not want all the extras or the book that came with the earlier collection.
Donnie Yen is the busiest action star in Hong Kong and has been for the past few years but some of his recent output such as Special ID and Iceman have been very disappointing and lacking in lots of areas.
Thankfully Kung Fu Jungle re-unites him with director Teddy Chen who he worked with on the excellent Bodyguards and Assassins and gives us a classic action film so lacking in recent years.
Dragon Lordwas Jackie Chan’s attempt to break away from the traditional Kung fu movie market and have different types of action in his movies. Although this was a brave attempt at change it did not work out for various reasons and was a disappointment at the Hong Kong box office compared to his previous hits.
Terracotta Distribution have released this classic Chang Cheh directed Kung fu movie for the first time on DVD in the UK. The film revolves around Mr Gao (Chiang Ming) who uncovers a treacherous plan that will surrender China to the invading Japanese forces.
With the help of the famous thief Black Hat (Jimmy Wang Yu), he steals the plans and intends to expose the treacherous acts of key government officials. But his actions target him for assassination by the treacherous Government official Hung Xu Wu (Seung Fung).
IVL in Hong Kong have announced a Blu ray release for the classic Shaw Brothers martial arts movie trilogy.
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin Trilogy Blu-ray set includes the three classic Shaw Brothers kung fu films directed by Lau Kar Leung and starring Gordon Liu – The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978), Return of the 36th Chamber (1980) and Disciples of the 36th Chamber (1985) – as well as postcards and special features (interview with director, behind-the-scenes, trailers).The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
Here is the trailer for the classic Sammo Hung action / comedy Shanghai Express (also known as Millionaires Express) featuring an all star cast of Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Kenny Bee, Yasuaki Kurata, Richard Norton, Cynthia Rothrock , Meng Hoi and many more!!