Action Film Autopsy #9 Supple Mental!

 

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That’s me and Frank far left 1&2 (the others are Creed fight coordinator Clayton J. Barber, king of YouTube kungfu Eric Jacobus, and Comedy Film Nerds Graham Elwood, Chris Mancini, and Neil T. Weakey).

 

Wow, lots of stuff to elaborate on this week. But first, let’s set some groundwork.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_Hong_Kong

Now, for the things we specifically mentioned. First, the Hui Brothers:

http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/page.asp?aid=72

Then there is, of course, the one and only Jackie:

My 2nd meeting with Jackie, in NYC, circa 1980s (wearing my Twilight Zone crew jacket btw).

My 2nd meeting with Jackie, in NYC, circa 1980s (wearing my Twilight Zone crew jacket btw).

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Chan

http://www.jackiechan.com

Found an interesting remnant of the glory days of Golden Harvest (now wish I had taken pictures when I was there):

http://hongkongmovietours.blogspot.com/2012/10/golden-harvest-studios.html

http://hongkongandmacaustuff.blogspot.de/2014/10/golden-studios-then-and-now.html

As for the glory that was the Shaw Brothers Studio….

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaw_Brothers_Studio

http://www.shawstudios.hk/who_we_are.htm

http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/films/2008mayjune/shaw.html

http://shawbrothersuniverse.com

Jackie, his stuntman team, and me on the set of "Mr. Canton and Lady Rose" in the late 1980s, which was filmed at the Shaw Brothers Studio.

Jackie, his stuntman team, and me on the set of “Mr. Canton and Lady Rose” in the late 1980s, which was filmed at the Shaw Brothers Studio.

Now here’s some of the films that influenced Frank:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Super_Inframan

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mighty_Peking_Man

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zu_Warriors_from_the_Magic_Mountain

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bride_with_White_Hair

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_on_Fire_(1987_film)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winners_and_Sinners

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Stars

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Untold_Story

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamo_(film)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Monkey_King_(film)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Monkey_King_2

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Years_(2015_film)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trivisa

As well as some I mentioned:

http://www.hkfilm.net/movrevs3/lanterns.htm

http://hkmdb.com/db/movies/view.mhtml?id=6110&display_set=eng

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Touch_of_Sin

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_War_2_(film)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullet_in_the_Head

As for the entire genre of wuxia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuxia

Next, a quick gallery of the Hong Kong film folk we mentioned in passing:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sammo_Hung

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsui_Hark

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brigitte_Lin

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0155532/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_Lee

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0939251/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Chow

http://www.ronnyyu.com

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Pau

http://www.hermanyau.com/ehome.htm

http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=158

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teddy_Robin

Then there’s Legend of Wisely:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Wisely

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisely_Series

This is how Sam Hui looked in Legend of Wisely:

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And this is how Donnie Yen looked in Ip Man 3:

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So guess which one was suffering from Mountain Sickness….

Well, back to the story of HK Cinema’s dying infrastructure:

http://www.closinglogos.com/page/World-Northal+Corporation

http://www.imdb.com/company/co0063490/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_Shores_Video

http://www.blackbelttheater.com

Now for some drips and drabs. I mentioned working for the 1985 revival of The Twilight Zone TV series. I was dubbed the “Special Media Consultant” by none other than Harlan Ellison himself, and here’s some superficial info on that adventure (for more juicy details, corner me at a kung fu or comic con):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Twilight_Zone_(1985_TV_series)

And here’s a little background on the great New York Asian Film Festival:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Asian_Film_Festival

Then there’s the Kung Fu Trailers of Fury DVDs Frank and I contributed to (btw, Frank recently helped out fellow audio commentator Michael Worth and Severin Films boss David Gregory on their up-coming documentary about 1970’s Asian action films – excited about that one – we’ll keep you apprised of its progress).

https://severin-films.com/16323-2/

Finally, we reference a certain unnamed company, about which I wrote an editorial for the Daily Grindhouse website. Here t’is (nuff said):

http://dailygrindhouse.com/thewire/dg-op-ed-ric-meyers-history-disrespect-weinstein-company-kung-fu/

Finally, on a happier, maybe more hopeful note, cheers to John Charles! http://www.videowatchdog.com/home/home.html

Hope to hear you’re here to hear our Auld Lang Syne Wrapup Ep in a fortnight or so. Happy holidaze!

Frank and I recording a Tai Seng DVD audio commentary back in the good ol’ days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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