Martial Arts

  • Richard Moore – Circle of Iron AKA The Silent Flute (1978)

    1971-1980FantasyMartial ArtsRichard MooreUSA

    A young martial artist, Cord the Seeker, competes for and loses the right to go on a quest for the Book of All Knowledge held by a wizard named Zetan, but he goes along the path to seek Zetan anyway. Along the way, he meets strange tests and challenges by enemies and allies – often having difficulty determining which is which.Read More »

  • Ratno Timoer – Golok Setan AKA The Devil’s Sword (1984)

    1981-1990FantasyIndonesiaMartial ArtsRatno Timoer

    The Devil’s Sword lies hidden in a secret cave inside Devil’s Mountain. Four warriors attack the keeper and force him to hand over the map but he manages to escape and runs to Mandala who sets off on his journey to save the Devil’s Sword.Read More »

  • Cheh Chang & Hsueh-Li Pao & Wu Ma – Shui hu zhuan AKA The Water Margin (1972)

    1971-1980ActionCheh ChangHong KongHsueh-Li PaoMartial ArtsWu Ma

    The corruption in the Sung Dynasty of 11th century China is so rampant that it inspires a band of Oriental Robin Hoods – the Honorable 108. Mountain bandits who nevertheless live by a scrupulous code of conduct, the Honorable 108 pledge to end the repression of the brutal overlords.Read More »

  • Wei Lo – Feng yu shuang liu xing AKA The Killer Meteors (1976)

    1971-1980ActionHong KongMartial ArtsWei Lo

    In an early, minor role, Jackie Chan plays the villainous Hua-Wa Bin–one of two men in the world who is proficient with a top-secret weapon. Believing that his wife has poisoned him, he hires his adversary, rogue warrior “Killer Meteor” Mei Hsi-Ho (Wang Wu) to kill his wife and find the antidote to the poison. Unfortunately, Hua-Wa’s wife is being guarded by a gang of the world’s greatest fighters who are armed with a weapon that can turn people into pulverized puddles of goo! Hua-Wa must then leap into battle on his own to save his life…This action-packed martial arts saga is based on the serial by Gu Long.Read More »

  • Teruo Ishii – Chokugeki! Jigoku-ken AKA The Executioner (1974)

    1971-1980ActionJapanMartial ArtsTeruo Ishii

    When regular police procedure fails, an ex-police captain recruits a group of deadly assassins to take down a corrupt Yakuza boss. Their first assignment is to intercept a briefcase belonging to a Latin American gang that is smuggling drugs into Japan. Led by Ryuichi Koga (Sonny Chiba), the last descendant of the Koga Ninja clan, they will leave a trail of bodies along their way through Japan’s underworld.Read More »

  • Teruo Ishii – Chokugeki jigoku-ken: Dai-gyakuten AKA The Executioner II: Karate Inferno (1974)

    1971-1980ActionJapanMartial ArtsTeruo Ishii

    When a priceless jewel owned by rich heiress Sabine is stolen, along with her daughter, professional thief and hired killer Ryuichi Koga and his gang are hired to retrieve both. At a ransom exchange, the team gets the girl back but lose the money and the jewel. When Sabine decides to deal directly with the thieves and obtains the jewel on her own by paying the ransom, Koga, having been stiffed of his fee by Sabine, steals the jewel. Little does he know, it’s a fake. Now, Koga and the team must break into a high security bank to steal the real jewel.Read More »

  • Cheh Chang – Shao Lin wu zu AKA Five Shaolin Masters (1974)

    1971-1980ActionCheh ChangHong KongMartial Arts

    Hu Te et al. escape the burning Shaolin temple after the Qing soldiers destroyed it in Shaolin Temple. The group of 5 decide to develop secret codes to identify fellow patriots, enlist those patriots and eventually meet up again to escape to the south away from the Qings, and also identify the traitor who sold out Shaolin temple. Ma Fu Yi, joins the Qing top fighters to eliminate the rebels but is exposed by Ma Chao-Tsing who gets captured by Ma Fu Yi. Hu meets up with a group of Shaolin men secretly posing as bandits to rescue Ma as their leader is killed in the process, thus the bandits join the rest of the Shaolin patriots.Read More »

  • Corey Yuen – Huang jia shi jie AKA Yes, Madam (1985)

    1981-1990ActionCorey YuenHong KongMartial Arts

    Asprin (Mang Hoi) and Strepsil (John Shum), two petty thieves who inadvertently become involved in a murder case when they steal items belonging to a murdered man. The man had hidden an important microfilm in his passport, which the thieves pass onto a forger friend Panadol (Tsui Hark). Inspector Ng (Michelle Yeoh) is assigned to the case, along with Inspector Morris (Cynthia Rothrock) from Scotland Yard. The investigation leads the cops to the bumbling crooks and soon they are on Triad leader Tin’s (James Tien) tail, he will stop at nothing to get the incriminating film back and with his hitman and bodyguard (Dick Wei) at his side, he proves too much for the inspectors to catch using legal means, in frustration they give up their badges and go after Tin alone.Read More »

  • Peter Ho-Sun Chan – Wu xia AKA Swordsmen AKA Dragon (2011)

    2011-2020ActionHong KongMartial ArtsPeter Ho-Sun Chan

    A quiet villager survives an attack by thugs miraculously — or is there more to this humble villager than meets the eye? The miraculous feat draws the attention of a detective with a keen eye. The villager is a hero in the eyes of his family and the townsfolk, but the detective won’t let the matter rest. Further investigation reveals a startling past that the villager wants to leave behind. So too does the investigator have a past he wishes he could forget. Soon the lives and the roles of the villager and the detective blur as each man does what he feels he must.Read More »

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