Jackie Chan struggled with his early films for producer / director Lo Wei with each film failing at the box office. Until he was lent out to Seasonal films and made the two blockbuster kung fu comedy movies Snake In The Eagles Shadow and Drunken Master. When he got back to the Lo Wei production company he was given full reign to do what he wished so he decided to star in and direct The Fearless Hyena.
Below are some mini reviews of a few of the Joy Sales Legendary Collection DVD releases in Hong Kong. All are anamorphic widescreen original language with English subtitles and all region so are worth picking up at the current cheap prices as they will soon be out of print.
Starring: Sammo Hung, Frankie Chan, Deannie Yip. Directed by: Sammo Hung.
A transition film for Sammo Hung and Hong Kong movies in general as the switch from traditional kung fu movies to modern day action films came into place. Sammo and Frankie star as two master pickpockets who under the guidance of master kim (lau hak-suen) and his daughter ann (pang sau-ha) inadvertently steal some diamonds from a bunch of gangsters. When the gangsters find out all hell is let loose as they want there diamonds back and with the police also on the trail it leads to a brutal climax on board a ship.
The Bruce Lee biopic Dragon The Bruce Lee Story is getting a Blu ray release in the USA on February 3rd 2015.
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story is the incredible journey of the life, love and unconquerable spirit of the martial arts legend. From a childhood of rigorous martial arts training, Lee realizes his dream of opening his own kung-fu school in America. Before long, he is discovered by a Hollywood producer (Robert Wagner) and begins a meteoric rise to fame and an all too short reign as one of the most charismatic action heroes in motion picture history.
Below is a trailer for the new movie White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom starring Fan Bing Bing, Huang Xioming, Vincent Zhao and Nicholas Tsui. The film is now available from Hong Kong on DVD and Blu Ray.
The classic Samurai masterpiece Sword Of Doom is to get a new dvd and Blu ray release from the Criterion Collection in the USA.
The film stars Tatsuya Nakadai and Toshiro Mifune in the story of a wandering samurai who exists with a life of violence. A gifted swordsman plying his craft during the turbulent final days of the shoguns rule in Japan, Ryunosuke (Nakadai) kills without remorse or mercy. It is a way of life that ultimately leads to madness.
Features: HD digital restoration, with uncompressed mono soundtrack ,commentary by historian Stephen Prince; trailer and an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien. Release date is scheduled for January 5th 2015. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER
Here is the first official trailer for the film Skin Trade starring Dolph Lundgren and Tony Jaa. This is Jaa’s first official American movie will be interesting to see how it turns out, but the trailer looks promising.
Now this looks promising. Vengeance Of An Assassin is Sadly the last film by Panna Rittikrai who passed away earlier this year. The film features bone crunching action and stunts and stars Dan Chupong who you may remember as the star of Born To Fight.
Unbeatable was originally called MMA, because one of the main features of the story is the new sport of cage fighting and mixed martial arts.
Fai (Nick Cheung) was once a world champion in boxing but has to escape to Macau and get away from the loan sharks he owes money too. While helping out at a friends gym, he unexpectedly encounters Qi (Eddie Peng), a young man who is determined to enter and win a huge prize at a MMA cage competition. Fai becomes Qi’s mentor and rediscovers his passion to fight not only in the ring but for his life and those close to him.
Out on November the 18th is this new Jimmy Wang Yu DVD box set from Shout Factory in the USA.
Featuring Four movies including One Armed Boxer, Beach Of The War Gods, The Tattooed Dragon and A Man Called Tiger.
All will be anamorphic widescreen, original Chinese language with English subs and English dubbed tracks (tbc).
A great set for anyone’s collection.
Shout Factory in the USA are to release a double bill starring Cheng Pei Pei in December. Two films are included Kung Fu Girl and Whiplash. Directed by Lo Wei and Ding Sin Saii this release continues the great releases coming from the company. Both films should have original Mandarin dialog with English suibtitles. Not sure if an English dub will be included. Release date December 2nd.