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.

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Fist of the North Star (1986)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – n/a
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/4

 

Pros –
1) A must watch 80s action-packed dieselpunk anime.
2) Gory battles – the immense level of bloodbath
3) It can be watched without any prior knowledge of the Fist of the North Star universe.
4) Music – inspired by spaghetti western movies.
5) End credits – Ken looking for Yuria with Purple Eyes playing in the background.Extremely sad and romantic.

 

Cons –
N/A

 
Quote –
Ryûken: Power without perception is virtually useless and therefore of no true value!

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.

Kung Fury (2015)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

1) 80s nostalgia summarised in 31 minutes
2) Kung Fury vs Nazi Army : Steet Fighter
3) Epic Characters : Barbarianna, Katana, Hoff 9000 / Hackerman etc.
4) Epic / Sci-Fi / Spoof / Fantasy – all in a shoe-string budget.
5) CGI – Poor but smart

 

Cons –

1) McGruber rip-off.

 

 
Quote –
Babe: What are you gonna do?
Kung Fury: My job.

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.”

Dance of the Drunken Mantis (1979)

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

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Beggar So: an introduction to his family
2) Hwang Jang Lee as Rubber Legs: and the Drunk Mantis music
3) The Grand Duel: Beggar So Vs Rubber Legs
4) The revelation of a astonishing mythology: “Books, Magic, Sickness, and Wine”
5) Linda Lin Ying as Beggar So’s wife

 

Cons –
1) Yuen Shun-yee as Foggy

 

Quote –
“He’s like a dragon – he exists, but no one knows where.”

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.”