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Tiger on the Beat 2

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 29 - 2013

Tiger on the Beat 2 (1990)
Director: Lau Kar-Leung
Writers: Cheung Lai-Ling and Kelvin Wong
Starring: Danny Lee, Conan Lee, and Ellen Chan



The Plot: In this sequel to Tiger on Beat, we follow police officer Sgt. Lam Yik Lim (Danny Lee) as he is tasked with finding a wife for his nephew Buffalo (Conan Lee). Buffalo has come to Hong Kong from The United States and often finds himself getting into trouble, which gets his uncle in trouble by proxy. Almost as soon as Buffalo gets off the boat, he finds himself in a bar fight while trying to protect a young woman named Sweet Dream (Ellen Chan). Unknown to Buffalo, this young woman is a hustler who ultimately leaves him hanging out to dry once the police arrive. Soon after this, Sweet Dream ends up as the witness to a murder, but because of her reputation as a thief/hustler, no one believes her. That doesn’t stop the triads from putting a price on her head. As Sweet Dream tries to evade the numerous killers that are now on her trail, she teams up with Buffalo who still doesn’t believe her story – but is slowly falling for the young woman. Before long, Buffalo and Sgt. Lim are both in the middle of a personal war against these violent triads.


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18 Fatal Strikes

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 20 - 2013

18 Fatal Strikes (1978)
Director: Chan Yeung Jing
Writers: Chih-hung Hsieh and Sung Pe Liu
Starring: Wei Tung, Dean Shek, Wen Chiang-lung, and Lung Sze-Ma



The Plot: 18 Fatal Strikes takes place during the Qing dynasty. The film opens with Wong Wu Ti (Lung Sze-Ma) showcasing his Shaking Eagle Claw style (which has him making noises that sound like that of a cat) against a Shaolin Abbot named Wan Hung. Wan Hung is a rebel against the Manchu, and it seems that he may face certain death when up against Wong Wu Ti – but he manages to escape at the last minute. He is found and taken care of by two silly farmers, played by Wei Tung and Dean Shek, but when Wong Wu Ti comes looking for the Abbot, great peril waits for all involved.


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Seven Steps of Kung Fu

Posted by Josh Samford On December - 11 - 2013

Seven Steps of Kung Fu (1979)
Director: Ting Hwa Chung
Starring: Ricky Cheng, Chai Kai, Chen Shan, Tommy Lee, and Lung Fei



The Plot: Iron Hand Lee San Pai is a man living outside of a small and peaceful village where he and his nephew Tiger, played by Ricky Cheng, practice Kung Fu regularly. While horsing around in town, Tiger ultimately discovers that The Five Hands Gang has immigrated to their small village. Lee San Pai is very familiar with the Five Hands Gang, as he is their mortal enemy, but unknown to Lee San Pai, this gang has been hired by a local general who hopes to take over the village through nefarious means. Lee San Pai is eventually tricked by this group and assaulted. He manages to survive and immediately begins to instruct Tiger so that they can join together and help defend their way of life.


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Guillotines, The

Posted by Josh Samford On August - 18 - 2013

The Guillotines (2012)
Director: Andrew Lau
Writers: Aubrey Lam, Joyce Chan, Jojo Hui Yuet-Chun, Peter Tsi, Junli Guom, and Koon-nam Lui
Starring: Xiaoming Huang, Ethan Juan, Purba Rgyal, Tian Gao, and Jimmy Wang Yu



The Plot: The Guillotines are a special group of warriors compiled with the goal of protecting the Qing dynasty. They are magnificent fighters who help control the flow of the kingdom from the shadows. Their weapon of choice is a spinoff of the flying guillotine, and they are well known for taking the head off of their enemies. However, they may have met their match when they confront a mystical man named Wolf (Huang Xiaoming) who is the leader of a cult-like group known as The Herders. They at first capture Wolf, but due to his committed cohorts, he quickly escapes from prison. Now it is up to The Guillotines, lead by Leng (Ethan Juan) and Haidu (Shawn Yue), to track him down and bring about justice. However, Leng and Haidu have their own problems. Leng, a Han-chinese born (like Wolf, and unlike the Manchurian government he is fighting for), has grew to consider The Guillotines as his only true family. Haidu, however, views the group as being expendable in order to protect the kingdom. As these two have their clashes, they will also find a very powerful and persuasive “villain” with Wolf.


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King of the Streets, The

Posted by Josh Samford On August - 10 - 2013

King of the Streets (2012)
Director: Yue Song, Zhong Lei
Writers: Yue Song, Zhong Lei
Starring: Yue Song, Li YuFei, Yang JianPing, and Kang En



The Plot: Feng (Yue Song) is a young man that has just got out of prison. As a teen, the young man was known as The Street Fighter and regularly demonstrated his skill. After accidentally killing one of his opponents though, Feng was given eight years in prison to think about how he applies his martial skill. After his release, Feng tries his best to avert any trouble, but when he runs into a beautiful young woman (Li YuFei) who needs his help, he finds himself defending both her as well as the orphanage that she looks after. This means he will be going headfirst into combat with a group of thugs who run an underground streetfighting group.


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