Crippled Avengers (1978)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Another Venom Mob gem from Shaw Brothers Studio. The villains were too strong and too legendary.
2) Forget about the main villain with Tiger Style, even the side villains like Iron Hands, Lin, Wan, & especially Mr. Chu are fascinating.
3) Great fight choreography – especially the entire training at Eagle Mansion is an example of amazing hard-work put by the lead actors of Venom Mob.
4) Mr. Chu though sided with Tu Tin Tao, his death was a textbook example of kung-fu treachery.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
“Wang Yi: His iron hand hurt me real badly”

Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A Shaw Brothers Studio’s Rated-R classic.A cult kung-fu cop-drama.
2) Fascinating mythology of 5 kung-fu fighters with unique animal styles.
3) Rich, smartly written suspenseful screenplay. The movie is not counting only on the action scenes, in fact, the story itself is intriguing.
4) Lo Mang as Toad – his death and torture scene will remain unforgettable.

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Gecko: All judges are the same. If we kill him, the next one may be worse, and we can’t kill them all.

Project A (1983)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) A fun-filled action-packed movie in the 19th century in Hong Kong. A must watch for Jackie Chan fans.
2) The Clock Tower stunt. The fascinating part is that Jackie Chan performed the stunt twice.
3) Great supporting cast that includes Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Hong: Password.
Fats: Beat me.

Iron Monkey (1993)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) A must watch for Kung-Fu lovers. A vintage Yuen Woo-ping period action movie.
2) Yuen Shun-yi as Chief Fox – A lovable character providing comic relief.
3) Kung-Fu stances: Shadow Kick, Super Eagle’s Claw, Virgin’s Sword Stance, Buddha’s Palm, Shaolin Fist, Grappling Hands, Carry The Bow, Shoot the Moon, Monkey’s Rod, Double Flight from the Sea, Fisherman’s Paddle, Rod that Sweeps Away Injustice, A Strong Force Flows from North to South, The Top Turns over the Sky, The Bottom Turns under the Earth, Fix The Body, Flying Sleeves.
4) Shaolin traitors: Powerfull boss Hin-hung and his scar-faced henchman White Eagle.
5) Boss fight atop burning wooden poles.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Hin-hung: Birds live for food. Men live for fortune.

SPL: Sha Po Lang (2005)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Boss Fight: Donnie Yen vs Sammo Hung
2) Wu Jing as knife-wielding “Jack“.
3) Somewhere between “Copland” & “LA Confidential”
4) Father’s Day sub-plot

 

 

Cons –
1) Nothing extraordinary; average fight scenes

 

Quote –
“Even if you have the chance, you can’t fight your fate.”

Ip Man 3 (2015)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 0/5

 

Pros –
1) Zhang Jin as Cheung Tin-chi the jinrikisha puller

 

Cons –
1) Lacking a good story or the emotional factor
2) Dying Wife angle
3) Mike Tyson’s bad acting
4) Not a single fight sequence worth remembering
5) No antagonist
6) Bruce Lee’s angle wasted ; poorly written

 

Quote –
“Nothing is more important than being around your loved ones.”

The Killer (1989)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR –1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

VERDICT – 5/5

 

PROS –
1) Outstanding cinematography (running two scenes simultaneously back and forth)
2) Stylish gunfights with dual-Berettas and Mexican standoffs
3) The Church & white doves – John Woo trademarks
4) Gory bloodshed
5) Black business-suited henchmen
6) B-Grade movie touch
7) Chow-Yun Fat as the Anti-Hero assassin.
8) High influence on future directors like Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino

 

CONS –
1) Casting Sally Yeh as Jennie

 

QUOTE –
“I always leave one bullet, either for myself or for my enemy.”