Category Archives: HK Film

#66: The Prodigal Son (1981)

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Special guest Nate Ming joins the Blade Licking Thieves to talk about one of his all time favorite martial arts films, The Prodigal Son (1981), an action comedy romp featuring the mega talents of Yuen Biao, Sammo Hung, Lam Ching-ying, and Frankie Chan.

Review (36:08)

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#61: Hero (2002)

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Daryl Surat, writer for Otaku USA Magazine and host of the Anime World Order Podcast, joins us on this special “regular” episode for a long chat about stuff we’ve been watching, Chinese action films (and their perpetual mistreatment by western companies), and for a review of Zhang Yimou’s utterly majestic wuxia drama, Hero (2002), starring Jet Li, Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, and Donnie Yen.

Review (44:45)

Twitter Questions (2:40:50)

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#57: Red Cliff Part I & II

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In 2008, after a relatively successful stint in Hollywood, John Woo returned to Chinese-language features with Red Cliff Part I & II, a two part epic adapted from arguably the most famous novel in Chinese literature, Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Tune in to hear Grant’s book report on that 1400 page tome along with our thoughts on this nearly five hour film series.

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#49: Chungking Express

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The romance genre goes art house in Chungking Express, Wong Kar Wai’s two part riff on loneliness, yearning, and the comforts of late night take-out, featuring the talented Tony Leung, Faye Wong, Brigette Lin, and Takeshi Kaneshiro.

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  • Review (30:41)
  • Twitter Questions (1:47:59)

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#48: Ip Man (2008)

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Donnie Yen stars as the self-effacing, Wing Chun master of Foshan, Ip Man (2008) in this award winning martial arts drama, loosely based on the early life of Bruce Lee’s famous teacher.

  • Intro (00:00)
  • Review (42:48)
  • Twitter Questions (1:49:13)

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#39: Hard Boiled

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There’s action-packed.  And then there’s Hard Boiled (1992) — John Woo’s final spectacular outing with superstar Chow Yun-Fat in which gun-toting, rough and tumble detective, Tequila (Yun-Fat) partners with undercover officer Alan (Tony Leung) to take on a villainous gang of gun-running triads.

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  • Review (33:45)
  • Twitter Questions (1:59:52)

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#36: Who Am I?

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We review Jackie Chan’s Who Am I?, his last film with Golden Harvest and nearly his last film ever after a few of these stunts – plus Major 2nd for the Three Minute Rule!

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  • What We’ve Been Watching (00:00)
  • Listener Mail (45:45)
  • News (49:32)
  • Review (57:34)
  • Twitter Questions (2:07:08)
  • Three Minute Rule (2:14:08)

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#35: One-Armed Swordsman

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Our Shaw Brothers training regimen continues with the bloody saga of Fang Cheng aka the One-Armed Swordsman (1967), a seminal work of wuxia film-making from prolific director Chang Cheh.

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  • What We’ve Been Watching (00:00)
  • Listener Mail (39:12)
  • News (49:53)
  • Review (1:08:35)
  • Three Minute Rule (2:13:01)

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#31: Come Drink with Me

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Although, taken for granted today, King Hu’s Come Drink with Me (1966) set the wuxia genre on a completely new footing.  By turning away from trained martial artists and instead hiring performers from the Beijing Opera school, such as the film’s magnificent female lead Chang Pei Pei, he began the process of transforming the type of action that defined these films away from the world of rigid, practical martial arts towards the more artful, flowing, and graceful form of combative dance that feature so strongly today.  Tune in for our full review of this Shaw Brothers classic that directly inspired Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon!

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#24: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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Introduction + News (0:00)

Review (15:09):

In order to bring his vision of the fourth novel in the Crane Iron series to life, Oscar winning director Ang Lee employed the talents of mega-stars Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, and Zhang Ziyi, legendary fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping, and musical composer Tan Dun.  The results speak for themselves.  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, an all time classic of the wuxia genre, is still, to this day, the most successful international film, both critically and commercially, to ever hit the states — and rightly so.  Tune in for the full review!

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#18: Police Story

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Review (1:04:40):

Raw, brutal, and dare less, Police Story (1985) showcases Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan’s formidable talents as action star, leading man, writer, and director.  The script written with longtime collaborator Edward Tang, brought to the screen the successful formula of action, martial arts, comedy, and stunt work that would define the rest of Jackie’s career throughout the 80s and 90s. Although, three or more sequels (depending upon whether New Police Story counts) followed, which top the original in various ways, none quite match it for sheer go for broke enthusiasm.

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#11: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

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What We’ve Been Watching (00:00) :

News (24:47)

Review (38:24):

On today’s episode, Grant has us watch the 1978 Shaw Brothers, kung fu classic:  The 36th Chamber of Shaolin by director and fight choreographer Lau Kar-Leung.  The film stars a young Gordon Liu as the iconic San Te, a schoolboy turned Shaolin master in a role that would make the actor famous.  This classic of the genre, which went on to inspire — along with a host of other Shaw Brothers films from the era — everyone from Quentin Tarantino to the Wu-Tang Clan, features a tale of revenge, one of the longest training sequences ever filmed, mystical Buddhist powers, swordplay, pole fighting, three pronged staff fighting, Chinese fisticuffs of every kind, and — oh yes — perhaps the most memorable headbutt ever captured on celluloid!

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#4: The God of Cookery

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Download Link: Episode 4 – God of Cookery –  Chow Time

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Finally, we review The God of Cookery — Stephen Chow’s totally bonkers and incredibly hilarious 1996 comedy film that riffs on everything from Hong Kong street gangs to shaolin kung-fu to, of course, Iron Chef.  Review starts at 41:54.

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