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In the Line of Duty

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 21 - 2012

In the Line of Duty (1986)
Director: David Chung
Writers: Kan-Cheung Tsang
Starring: Michelle Yeoh, Michael Wong, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Jing Chen.



The Plot: Film begins with Michelle Yip (Michelle Yeoh) quickly laying the smack down on a group of thugs who try to murder a former member of their gang. Afterward, the film quickly turns serious we watch as Michelle boards a plane alongside security expert Michael (Michael Wong) and Japanese interpol agent Yamamoto (played by Hiroyuki Sanada). When a hijacker tries to rescue a gangster who is being deported on the same plane ride, all hell breaks loose! Thankfully, these three crime fighting experts happen to be along for the ride and they quickly subdue the situation and become great friends. The alliance formed between them shouldn’t last terribly long, but when members of their group become targeted by the terrorists, they must team together and find out who exactly was behind the attempted airline holdup and what exactly do they want. Their findings will be both horrifying and ultimately… tragic.


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One Armed Swordsmen

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 20 - 2012

One Armed Swordsmen (1976)
Director: David Chiang and Jimmy Wang Yu
Writers: Ku Lung
Starring: David Chiang, Jimmy Wang Yu, Lo Lieh, and Yi Chang



The Plot: This classic wuxia tale begins with a police officer being struck down and his arm being removed by a bandit, but during the battle he also lobs off the arm of his opponent. The police officer decides, despite losing his limb, to continue studying the martial arts, and does this by reading the one-armed swordsman style handbook that was left for him by a friend. As he begins his studying, he is once again attacked – but this time by a one-armed ninja! The black-hooded ninja kills off the older lawman, but unknown to the murderer, a young child was hidden in the room and saw the death of his master. So, with this established, we move to our main story which focuses on two men: Fong Ping (Jimmy Wang Yu) and Kao Shing (David Chiang). These two men are the most powerful one-armed martial artists around. Wah (Lo Lieh) suspects Fong Ping or Kao Shing as the culprit, but he is not fully convinced yet. As he follows these two around, we find that the lines between hero and villain can be quite blurred within this small world.


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Book of Heroes, A

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 19 - 2012

A Book of Heroes (1986)
Director: Chu Yen-Ping
Writers: Sit Hing-Kwok, Chu Yen-Ping
Starring: Elsa Yeung, Pauline Lan Hsin-Mei, Yukari Oshima, and Kurata Yasuaki



The Plot: A Book of Heroes begins, as many great films do, with a bar fight. We first meet one of our main protagonists, a fiery young wannabe policewoman (played by Pauline Lan Hsin-Mei), who tries her best to break up a heroin deal, but is stopped when the evil lawyer Chu steps in and saves his group of thugs. It turns out that Chu happens to work for our principal villain, Oshima Yamashita (played by Kurata Yasuaki). Our young wannabe policewoman ends up getting her cop boyfriend, Hu Pai, in trouble with his commander. It seems Hu Pai has been given 32 missions since joining the police force and so far he has not cracked a single case. His latest debacle has come from his inability to stop a group of gangsters who pulled off a massive gold heist right in front of him. Unknown to Hu Pai, this gold heist was directly overseen by the nefarious Oshima. At the same time that Hu Pai is being punished for his terrible policework, we are introduced to a pair of con-artists named David (David Tao) and Yang Shan Shan (Elsa Yeung). These two inevitably become embroiled in Oshima’s gold smuggling business when they become hip to a map that leads to the location of all the gold. So, now it seems to be up to this very awkward group of four, and one uninitiated gas station attendant who is picked up by David and Yang Shan Shan, to put an end to these evil smugglers! Unfortunately, to do that they will have to battle Oshima and his two powerful bodyguards. One of which is played by the lovely Yukari Oshima, who may be the toughest of them all… but she also holds a mystery that will eventually unfurl.


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Old Dirty Kung Fu

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 18 - 2012

Old Dirty Kung Fu (1979)
Director: Chien Yuet San
Starring: Cliff Lok, Simon Yuen, Chan Lung, and Lee Hoi San



The Plot: Lin is about to kill himself because his daughter is being forced to marry a rich aristocrat – and if he says no this proposed marriage, his whole family will be massacred. When Bamboo Stick (Simon Yuen) wanders upon him, he takes pity on the man and offers to help him get rid of the would-be suitor. So, Bamboo Stick’s awesome plan is to dress up like the girl, cover his face with a veil, and then marry the suitor in place of the girl. Yeah, this is literally his plan, and it almost works. When Bamboo Stick goes through with the wedding vows, the young husband freaks out to find that his young wife is truly a sixty year old bum. A fight ensues and the young man is accidentally killed. This sends the young man’s father (Lee Hoi San) into full blitzkrieg mode. Skip forward a bit and we find another young man (Chan Lung) who happens to be on the run from the law. This young man also happens to be the last student of Bamboo Stick, and he quickly teams up with a wandering martial artist (Cliff Lok) who claims that he is trying to create his own style of kung fu. Unfortunately, this young martial artist is hardly a kung fu practitioner, and it will be up to Bamboo Stick’s final student to try and make him into a solid fighter so that they may eventually take out the aristocratic lunatic who searches for Bamboo Stick.


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Killer Clans

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 17 - 2012

Killer Clans (1976)
Director: Chor Yuen
Writers: Ni Kuang
Starring: Fei Ai, Kwok Kuen Chan, Shen Chan, Dannie Lee, Ku Feng, Lo Lieh



The Plot: Swordsman Li Kuang is killed on a bridge during the introduction to our film. Almost immediately, we are introduced to a prostitute who happens to kill the men she sleeps with. We find that this lady of the night also happens to be in cahoots with the man who killed the famous Li Kuang. However, their dastardly plans are nowhere near completion. They intend to kill the prestigious Sun Yu (Ku Feng), and they also plan on killing anyone who stands in their way. This means that they will have to confront Sun Yu’s very skilled sons along the way. Sun Yu is protected by his nimble and acrobatic sons, as well as the many pupils that have aggregated around him. His sons and those who have been hired to help will do anything to stop these two. The group who seek to protect Sun Yu are gifted in multiple martial arts, and their abilities with diversified weapons makes them a force to be reckoned with. However, a war is coming and everyone involved will prove to be quite cunning.


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