Close Encounters of the Spooky Kind – Adverse Video Review

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Sammo Hung Kam-bo + Chinese Ghouls + Voodoo + a Murder plot + a bet gone wrong + kung-fu + pranks = Awesomeness for all ages.

Golden Harvest Productions has done it again! This kung fu comedy brings new meaning to the art of the exploding chicken. Our friend Sammo Hung Kam-bo has always been the Bruce Campbell of Hong Kong Martial Arts Cinema. His 1980s classic Close Encounters of the Spooky Kind or Gui da gui or Encounter of the Spooky Kind or Ghost Against Ghos—I know it has a few translated titles, but that is what makes it so awesome–brings comedy gold, of the cheddar persuasion, to new heights!

Between hopping ghouls/zombies/vampires mimicking the iconic “Y-M-C-A” arm flares we love to hate to do, and voodoo possessed guards beating each other up this film has everything we Hong Kong Theater nuts love. From a trailer declaring that you’ll “Enjoy Sammo Hung and his bag of tricks” to an ending you’ve always begged for, this film brings the 1980s home for the holidays.

If you don’t like kung-fu action mixed with quality dubbing, then don’t buy this film. If you don’t like ridiculous costumes or Hong Kong Comedy Horror films, then why are you reading this? Check out the trailer yourself.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:13:46+00:00 August 23rd, 2008|Adverse Video|0 Comments

Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: Sammo Hung And His Bag

Sammo Hung: Close Encounters of the Spooky Kind

For this morning’s whacked out video, we present what is, quite possibly, the best fu trailer of all time. And we do not make that claim lightly. This is Sammo Hung starring in Spooky Encounters, aka Encounter of the Spooky Kind. Which is kind of a fucked up zombie/vampire/black magic film that, as the trailer promises, “carries logic.” Also, copious amounts of “horro.” NSFW for brief male ass and chicken abuse.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:13:55+00:00 August 18th, 2008|Mental Sorbet|0 Comments

DVD Trio of Animated (In All Senses of the Word) Beatdowns

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First up, we’ve got a pair of releases from Dragon Dynasty, which is basically The Weinstein Company and Genius putting out action flicks from Asia on DVD. In other words, they are Our Friends. We’ve got City of Violence, which follows a pretty common idea: old friend gets killed, surviving friends must track down those responsible and beat them viciously. And, since the plot is old hat (but a well loved, broken-in kinda hat), what you really show up for are said beatings. And they do not disappoint, because you’ve got our two heroes taking on ridiculous amounts of foes in all-out brawls. Well, the title did warn you, after all. Anyway all of this mayhem makes this worth a serious rental for fu and action fans. It comes with a director’s commentary, blooper reel, deleted scenes with commentary, and a slew of featurettes with interviews and design work with tons more, spread across two discs. (Buy it from Amazon.)

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By | 2017-09-24T23:27:12+00:00 September 17th, 2007|Headsup|0 Comments

Knockabout (1979) – DVD Review

Knockabout DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written by Wong Kai Kei and Lau Tin Chee
Directed by Sammo Hung
Starring Yuen Biao, Leung Kar Yan, and Sammo Hung

Features:

  • Trailers

Released by: Fortune Star/20th Century Fox
Region: 1
Rating: PG-13
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Rent it.

Buddies (brothers? this is unclear) Yipao (Biao) and Taipao (Kar Yan) are scam artists extraordinaire. If there’s a way to cheat someone out of a quick yuan, they’ll try it. From the very opening sequence of the film, you get a pretty good feeling for the sort of characters they are — lovably criminal, terribly goofy, and absolutely incapable of reining in their appetites. After making a small fortune swindling a changing house, the two promptly lose all the money, get caught passing counterfeit in a gambling house, and naturally get their asses kicked.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:56:07+00:00 August 2nd, 2005|Reviews|0 Comments

Kung Fu Hustle (2004) – Movie Review

Kung Fu Hustle

Written by Tsang Kan Cheong, Stephen Chow, Xin Huo, Chan Man Keung
Directed by Stephen Chow
Starring Stephen Chow, Wah Yuen, Qiu Yuen, Kwok Kuen Chan, Siu Lung Leung

My Advice: I’ll tell you as soon as I stop laughing.

It’s Shanghai in the 1940s and gangs are running amok. One of the baddest of the badass gangs is the Axe Gang. Led by the desperately in need of dental work Brother Sum (Chan), they are more army than gang. Not only will they kill your ass as soon as they look at you, but they will get their groove thing on as well. No, I’m serious. The poor sections of town have no problems with gangs, because they’re just below radar. That all changes when Sing (Chow) and friend (Chi Chung Lam) stumble into Pig Sty Alley and try to scam a haircut…badly. They bring the wrath of the Axe Gang to the neighborhood, and the results aren’t what anyone would necessarily expect.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:57:38+00:00 June 14th, 2005|Reviews|0 Comments

The Prodigal Son (1982) – DVD Review

Prodigal Son DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written by Sammo Hung and Wong Bing Yiu
Directed by Sammo Hung
Starring Yuen Biao, Lam Ching-ying, Sammo Hung, and Frankie Chan

Features:

  • Trailers

Released by: Fortune Star/20th Century Fox
Region: 1
Rating: R
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Fu fans need to own it. All others rent.

Leung Chang (Biao) is the self-proclaimed King of Kung Fu in his native village, having never lost a bout in hundreds of fights. What Leung doesn’t know, however, is that his rich and influential father has insured his unbeatability by simply having one of his lackeys bribe any potential opponents into throwing the fight. The old man means well, as he simply doesn’t want his son getting hurt, but the arrogance that this undefeated record has instilled in Leung is the source of more of his fights starting than anything else.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:59:01+00:00 April 18th, 2005|Reviews|0 Comments