sabato 29 gennaio 2011

Farewell's Post

Guys...this is our last post in here for a long time (more or less 1 month) since we will be leaving for China in a couple of days. When we 'll arrive there we won't have internet so the blog is gonna die for at least the first month. For this last post, we just want to share with you some posters and stills of mainland movies just to say thank You for following us till now.
If anyone is interested in buying some of these stuff (and lots more!! trust us!) just drop a line here or by email ( ) and we ll get back to you as soon as possible... we are with some cool stuff:

See ya in 1 month!

martedì 25 gennaio 2011

The Young Hero Of Shaolin 2 (新方世玉 续集)(1986)

The Young Hero Of Shaolin 2 (新方世玉 续集)
Dir: Wei Hui Feng
Cast: Baohua Shi , Hongmei Zhang , Zhizhou Li , Yongxia Chen, Lam Chuen , Kejuan Xie , Gongjin Zhou, Qin Xiao , Weiming He, Mingyuan Cai , Shuren Lv, Jielin Ma, Biji Chen , Xiangsheng Chen, Yuwen Li , Jialin Ji , Feng Gao
Plot: Fong Sze Yu is back in action, and in one of the most incredible martial lion dances ever to be screened, he thwarts the enemies of Shaolin. (sorry but this time the story is taken from the web)
Year: 1986
Country: Mainland China / HK
Notes: The movie is available on dvd in the UK by Soulblade. The print is remastered but the language is wrong, the movie should have been in mandarin and not in cantonese (as a matter of fact, there is a scene where they sing that it's still in mandarin). Wei Hui Feng directed a lot of kung fu movies so he's not new to the genre fans. Baohua Shi (the guy who plays as Fang Shiyu) didnt make it in the film industry. On the other hand Yongxia Chen (Miao Cuizhen in the movie) had a long career in the mainland kung fu film industry with movies like Golden Dart Hero (金镖黄天)(1987) and Godly Beggar (神丐)(1987).
Personal opinion: We don't own the first movie of "The Young Hero Of Shaolin", so we don't know how is the prequel, but this "Young hero of shaolin 2" is just priceless! The training and fighting sequences are amazing, all the cast's performance were really good. We are sure that this flick is known among kung fu fans (thx to the release in the West), but for us was a great surprise. The scenes involving the "golden formation" are awesome, we've never seen such a battle (although a little bit confusing).
You gotta have this in your collection!
Some snapshots:

sabato 15 gennaio 2011

Zhong ming han shan si (钟鸣寒山寺)(1991)

Zhong ming han shan si (钟鸣寒山寺)
Dir: Yanlin Tang
Cast: Lifeng Gong , Jing Liu ,Zhongliang Wang, Lisa Lu
Plot: The story takes place during the end of the Ming Dynasty. Wu Jiang, a county magistrate, has an alliance with some bandits, in order to share the loot they kill innocent people. During a robbery of a ancient treasure , he killed a couple of merchant (husband and wife), their daughter is rescued by a knight and ,after 10 years, decided to take revenge on the bandits and the corrupted magistrate.
Year: 1991
Country: Mainland China 
Notes: This movie has not been released in China in any legit format. We dunno if it was released in any western country, but we doubt it. A year before this movie, the director directed another martial arts flick called Five Heroes of Tianqiao (五虎闯天桥),then nothing else worth mentioning. About the cast, it seems that nobody make it through the martial arts films industry.
Personal opinion: Unfortunately we still have to watch the full movie, but it 's already in our wishlist once land in China. We got interested in this movie after watching some clips on the net. Moreover ,the fu scenes seem to be really well made (some wires are still involved). The story is still about revenge, but, frankly speaking, who cares? Although the story sounds quite typical, it's not a problem for us.After all, the story is not that important in such movie.
Some snapshots:

venerdì 7 gennaio 2011

Jiang hu ba mian feng (江湖八面风)(1991)

Jiang hu ba mian feng (江湖八面风)
Dir:  Mei Hu
Cast: Xiaoyi Chen ,Yue Che ,Bide Yan , Qing Tao,Hou Liansheng, Hou Shuang
Plot: The story is about southern Ming king Zhu Youlang, after succeed to the throne,encountered numerous Qing dinasty's armies so he was forced to escape. Hong in order to protect Zhu got seriously wounded, Zhu abandoned him to his destiny. His daughter, Hong Su Mei, in order to get revenge begins her journey to kill Zhu. Wu Sanli and Xia Laohu also want to arrest Zhu because of a reward on his head. Unfortunately, Zhu succeed to escape from Hong Su Mei and Xia Laohu attack. After few years Zhu meet Wu Sanli again..
Year: 1991
Country: Mainland China 
Notes: This movie has been released on vcd from Gzbeauty in Mainland China (no subs). No other releases are available.The director ,this time is not a man but a woman. She directed the new movie about Confucius (孔子)(2010) with Chow Yun Fat, but before that she directed another action movie called Gunshot in the city (都市枪手)(1992). Yue Che just starred in some movies but the only martial arts related is this one. Hou Shuang started her career here, luckily she made another kungfu flick (already reviewed here) called Suo ming fei dao (索命飞刀)(1991). About Hou Liansheng, his first martial arts flick was Sins in the wutal mountains (五台山奇情)(1989).
Personal opinion: Another flick about revenge. Well, revenge is more or less the main key of each martial arts movie, so nothing new. The ma scenes are really well made both with weapons (swords) and with just bare hands/kicks. We couldnt watch the entire movie yet, but as far as we saw,we won't be disappointed (come on, a heroine in a movie? surely worth our time!).
Some snapshots (source: cctv):