Martial Arts

Park Chan-wook – Life is But a Dream (2022)

Indiewire wrote:
The 21-minute short, produced in collaboration with Apple, was shot entirely on an iPhone 13 Pro, and was just released on the tech company’s YouTube page. The whimsical film tells the story of an undertaker (Yoo Hai-jin) whose attempt to steal a coffin ends up awakening a ghost (Park Jeong-min). That ghost ends up bonding with the ghost of the warrior (Kim Ok-vin) the undertaker was trying to bury. The film takes some unexpected turns, and ends up being a supernatural romance, a musical, and a martial arts film in equal measures. Read More »

Wei Lo – Hai yuan chi hao AKA Wang Yu’s 7 Magnificent Fights (1973)

After accidentally killing another sailor, seaman Wang Hai-lung stows away on a ship bound for Japan. While Wang discovers the ship is involved in smuggling and witnesses the murder of a detective, Wang is discovered by the smugglers. Read More »

Wei Lo – Long hu jin hu AKA The Tattooed Dragon (1973)

Wang Yu stars as the Tattooed Dragon, who comes to the rescue after Mafia- types take over a small village. They set up gambling halls and soon thereafter the men in the village lose everything to the mob. Dragon uses his skills to beat the mobsters at their own game. He can actually hear the dice as they tumble and can pick the correct number to bet on. He breaks the bank and wins back all the money that the villagers lost. Dragon makes them promise never to gamble again. The mobsters go after Dragon, but as always Good triumphs over Evil. Read More »

Hiroshi Inagaki – Zoku Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijôji no kettô AKA Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)

Synopsis:
Hiroshi Inagaki’s acclaimed Samurai Trilogy is based on the novel that has been called Japan’s Gone with the Wind. This sweeping saga of the legendary seventeenth-century samurai Musashi Miyamoto (powerfully portrayed by Toshiro Mifune) plays out against the turmoil of a devastating civil war. The Trilogy (whose first part won an Academy Award) follows Musashi’s odyssey from unruly youth to enlightened warrior. In the second and most violent installment, Duel at Ichijoji Temple, Musashi beats a samurai armed with a chain and sickle and is later set upon by eighty samurai disciples—orchestrated by the sinister Kojiro—while the two women who love him watch helplessly. Read More »

Hiroshi Inagaki – Miyamoto Musashi kanketsuhen: kettô Ganryûjima AKA Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)

Synopsis:
Hiroshi Inagaki’s acclaimed Samurai Trilogy is based on the novel that has been called Japan’s Gone with the Wind. This sweeping saga of the legendary seventeenth-century samurai Musashi Miyamoto (powerfully portrayed by Toshiro Mifune) plays out against the turmoil of a devastating civil war. The Trilogy (whose first part won an Academy Award) follows Musashi’s odyssey from unruly youth to enlightened warrior. In the third installment, Duel at Ganryu Island, Musashi reunites tragically with the women who love him, and battles for samurai supremacy in a climactic confrontation with his lifelong nemesis. Read More »

Joseph Velasco – Ying han gong fu ben AKA Kung Fu’s Hero (1973)

An undercover cop infiltrates a gang of smugglers to save the women he loves. Read More »

Al Adamson – Black Samurai (1976)

Quote:
Robert Sand, agent of D.R.A.G.O.N. (Defense Reserve Agency Guardian Of Nations), is playing tennis on his vacation with a beautiful black girl, when his commanding officers ask him to save a Chinese girl who happens to be Sand’s girlfriend, and the daughter of a top Eastern Ambassador. The ransom for the abduction was the secret for a terrific new weapon – the freeze bomb – but the ‘Warlock’ behind the deed is also into the business of drug dealing and Voodoo ritual murders. The search takes him from Hong Kong to California through Miami, and plenty of action, against bad men, bad girl, and bad animals. Read More »