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!!
Very sad today to hear of the death of the action star Darren Shahlavi. He has passed away at 42 years old. An extremely talented actor and martial artist and immensely dedicated to his acting and action craft. My sincerest condolences to his family and all who were lucky enough to know him. He was best known for co-starring roles in Ip Man 2, Tai Chi Boxer and many others…..
UK distributor Terracotta have announced the release of the classic kung fu movie Shanghai 13 on DVD on the 9th of February. Directed by Chang Cheh Shanghai 13 is full of great kung fu superstars from the Shaw Brothers era including Ti Lung, David Chiang, Chi Kuan Chun, Leung Kar Yan, Chen Kuan Tai and many more.
Its an action packed, fight filled extravaganza and this will be the first time it has been officially released outside of the Far East.
Cantonese Language with English subtitles
Original English dub option
Special Features: original cast interviews with Lu Feng and Sonny Yu.
Director Johnnie To is one of the best directors working in Hong Kong at the moment and this film made in 2004 was just the start of his growing success and Winning Best Director at the 41st Golden Horse Awards.
Breaking News follows a team of thieves led by Yuan (Richie Jen) as they make their getaway and engage in multiple shootouts with the cops. The criminals’ bold escape is all captured on camera, leading to a public outcry against police cowardice and incompetence. In steps Inspector Rebecca Fong (Kelly Chen) who proposes fixing this public relations nightmare by putting on another big show for the media: televising their capture of the criminals.