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Great Scenes – LEGENDARY WEAPONS OF CHINA

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Last week’s Game of Thrones episode, The Mountain and the Viperfeaturing Prince Oberyn [Pedro Pascal]’s pre-climactic proficiency with the blood spear during combat with “the Mountain” Gregor Clegane [Hafþór Júlíus Björnssonvaguely reminded me of IOC favorite Lau Kar Leung‘s Legendary Weapons of China (1982), which features a similar weapon. And since everyone knows that here at the isle we love us some good kung fu, and everyone should know that kung fu doen’t get any gooder than in LKL’s Shaw Brothers films, we thought we’d revisit a scene from said movie. A pioneer of action filmmaking who got his start choreographing under director Chang Cheh and worked his way up to creating some of the most vibrant and perennial films of the genre [incl. Eight Diagram Pole Fighter, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Dirty HoHeroes of the East, Shaolin Mantis and everything that’s ever influenced anything], LKL’s plots spring from a core belief in the peaceful way of the warrior, espouse respect for one’s enemy and convey the martial artist’s goal of attaining spiritual excellence through personal mastery. Having said all that, let us not forget that his flicks are also a feast of first rate acro-combatic pyrotechnics, especially when the director steps in front of the camera, as he does here with brother Lau Kar Wing, a fine director and choreographer in his own right. Watch the pair face off using the 18 weapons and muse on the fate of Oberyn: Think Lau would ever taunt an opponent when he’s down? That’s not the Martial Artist’s way – which is what this legendary filmmaker, the embodiment of Kung Fu, spent his life trying to teach: humility in victory. Which incidentally will also help keep your eyes where they belong – inside your head.

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June 7, 2014   No Comments

Great Scenes – TREASURE HUNTERS

Lau Kar Wing‘s Treasure Hunters (aka Master of Disaster, 1981) is an interesting beast – directed by younger brother of Kung Fu Legend (and IOC fave) Lau Kar Leung (see here & here) and written by wacky Great Scenes veteran Wong Jing (here here and here), it’s a festival of fu that’s a family affair all the way round – just in time for the holidays! Wing – who would later become a frequent collaborator of Sammo Hung – wasn’t nearly as prolific or epic as his brother, content with being an actor and choreographer, but of his Shaw Brothers output as director this is by far the best, largely due to this scene – one of the great WTF fights ever! Featuring Yeung Jing Jing as a mute hit-woman, über-villain Wang Lung Wei and perpetual-monk Gordon Lau, it’s highlighted by the pairing of charismatic Fu Sheng (who would die tragically 2 years later) with real-life brother Cheung Chin Pang. You can tell they’re having a fantastic time, and it’s infectious – once you get past the very broad comedy and crazy musical cues. Happy Holidays![admin note: the poster on IMDB page erroneously features Moon Lee and Jackie Chan‘s face, and looks to be a poster for an altogether different movie!]

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December 22, 2011   No Comments

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