I'm voting for the new kid on the block Tony Jaa and his new movie The Protector. I don't know how many times I found myself wincing and just "oh shit, did he really do that?" Excellent movie and I won't say too much if you haven't seen it. I'd put him in the top three with Bruce Lee and Jet Li.
I have no idea but what I know is that Chuck Norris is the only man who is able to suicide hit by his own punches.
You need nothing beyond Xiao Xiao.
Anyway, if you MUST have a movie, it's Master of the Flying Guillotine:
As the narrator explains, the Ching Emperor has trained numerous assassins in the use of the Flying Guillotine to kill off Ming rebels. This deadly and impractical weapon looks much like a Ching-era hat with a saw blade brim and a long chain attached. The user throws the weapon with practiced precision onto his victim's head. A chain netting with blades at the bottom drops down and one quick pull severs the head. Best of all, it collapses for easy carrying while traveling.
Rock on, brother Beavis.
7th December 2003
I liked Hero as far as "poetic" martial arts are concerned, action-wise I Ong-Bak is quite good.
WTF? POETIC MARTIAL ARTS? You frickin heretic, back under your rock.
Martial arts flicks should be kung fu, karate fu, flying triple upward backflip fu, and badly dubbed mindless chopsocky action fu. I hate people who try to turn it into a "legitimate genre." IT IS a legitimate genre. I mean, honestly:
Pompous film goer 1: "Oh Louise, I particularly appreciated the manichean alliteration in the long focus on the lonely hero" Pompous film goer 2: "Absolutely, but the nihilistic combat between Pang and Wu powerfully symbolized the duality of man." Horde of masked kung fu minions: "WOOOO AAAAAH! HAY-YAAAAA!" *WHACK* *CHOP* *KICK* *WHAM* *CRACK* *PUNCH* *OOF*
I mean, GIVE ME A BREAK. Anything that tries to be more "artistic" than some of the greatest stuff the Shaw Brothers cranked out in the 1970s belongs in a frickin' coffee house, not on KTSF Channel 26's midnight martial arts madness (you Bay Area denizens will know what I'm talking about, hoo haa.)
This is about as artistic as a chopsocky flick should get:
*Wong Fei-Hong and Pai Mei are fighting* Pai mei: (jerks head to side and goes bug-eyed) "LOOK!" *Dramatic chord* "It's Chang and his men!" *Focus on Chang, looking particularly vile, surrounded by henchmen. Camera pulls out for long shot* *Dramatic chord* *Focus on Wong. Wong jerks head towards Chang and narrows eyes. Dramatic zoom.* Chang: "I have come for...the book." *Dramatic chord (badly out of tune)* Wong: "You killed my brother!" Chang: "Ha ha ha ha." (Lips look like he's reciting about 5 seconds worth of shakespearean diatribe. Microphone boom occasionally dangles into view.) Pai Mei: (sneering) "Come and get it!" *Henchmen charge* *Chaos ensues* *Wong Fei-Hong and Pai Mei kick everyone's ass in huge complicated fight scene involving lots of improbable upside down aerial propeller kicking and smoke bombs and other cool martial arts stuff*
Duplicate this scene several times (rearranging the lines and adding some minor dialogue), throw in some random crap about revenge and the warlord's daughter and a lonely wandering monk, and you have yourself a kung fu movie, the way it should be.
Two thumbs up, Joe Bob says Check it Out.
MrFancypantsI liked Hero as far as "poetic" martial arts are concerned, action-wise I Ong-Bak is quite good.
Hero - You mean how they choose to change the diffferent colors of clothing depending on the scene and them asking the musician to keep playing in the first battle, while encased in droplets of water?? :) I'm not much for walking on tree tops and such but I'll agree with you on the poetry stuff, Fancy. Jet Li had me in his corner when he took that gun apart in Lethal Weapon 4. If you liked Ong-Bak, you'll die over this movie - it's that good! He takes on the gumbah that Brad Pitt ala Achilles killed in the opening scene of Troy. all seven foot 375 lbs of him! Fuzzy, you are the man! I'll have to check out what you are quoting casue I trust your opinion like no other but you got to check this guy out as well.
Gen'l Knight Fuzzy, you are the man! I'll have to check out what you are quoting casue I trust your opinion like no other but you got to check this guy out as well.
I'll watch anything that has high-grade fisticuffs and headbutt-fu unencumbered by EXTRA PLOT.
5 deadly errrr,, DAMN cant remember! Help me here bunny you DEFINATELY know this movie. LOL You know, scorpion, snake, toad, ect.ect. Half ass decent plot which puts it WAY above some of the others in this genre.
The Five Venoms (or Five Deadly Venoms, or Wu Du), 1978.
Snake in Eagles Shadow, and Drunken Master are by far my favorites when it comes to the older stuff.(jackie chan has always been a hero to me:lookaround:)
Never really was THAT big of a fan of bruce Lee's 4(and a half) movies, but meh....
I loved Jet in OUTIC and all its offsprings, I liked Hero(and seem to be the only person to actually understand the color changes:rolleyes:) than ofcourse his latest "Fearless" wich I thought was pretty good.
If I HAVE to mention the old chopsocky flicks than Ill go with Jimmy Wang Yu and his 1 armed swordsman flicks, but I watch those on rare occasions(not saying there bad, just not really my thing:uhm:)
and I know Im going to get slane for this but Ive always been a big Stephen Chow fan:smokin:
Than if we were to move more south of asia, I enjoyed Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Swordsmen" and other movies of that type