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lady bloodfightEvery once in a while, we here at Moshpits and Movies like do something new here called Tuesday Night Fights when the proper film is made available to us. For example, we just recently did Arnold Schwarzenegger against The Predator from the film Predator or a while ago when we did Bruce Lee vs Chuck Norris from Way Of The Dragon. So for this week’s special presentation brought to you courtesy of Ass Whoopin Wednesdays, we are ditching the guys and seeing how bad ass the ladies can be when we check out Lady Bloodfight. Two fighters named Shu (Muriel Hofmann) and Wai (Kathy Wu) battled to a draw in the finals of a Kumite. Wai was unhappy with the council calling it a draw so the council made a decision that each one would have to find someone to take their place at the very next Kumite. After nine months of searching, each one stumbles upon a girl they deem is worthy. For Shu, its in the form of American girl Jane Jones (Amy Johnston), who is in search of answers, but wants to participate in the Kumite in hopes of getting it. For Wai, it’s in the form of the cocky thief who has some skills in Ling Chow (Jenny Wu). After months of training they are put to the test. The film also stars Jet Tranter (Thor: Ragnarok) as Cassidy, Mayling Ng (Wonder Woman) as Svietta Chekhov, Kirt Kishita (Ghost In The Shell) as Mr. Sang, and the film was directed by Chris Nahon (Kiss Of The Dragon).

TNF Chekhov vs JonesJane Jones’s (Johnston) road to the finals was a little different than that of her counterpart Ling Chow (Jenny Wu). After a win in the opening round that almost saw her lose, she lost her sensei after she was caught beating up some dudes that had stolen her bag in the beginning of the film. She also witnessed the death of a new friend in Cassidy at the hands of her semifinal opponent, the ruthless Russian Svietta Chekhov. After taking her time coming out, Jane made her way to the mat to face what could be her toughest opponent in Chekhov. Chekhov started the match as the aggressor, but Jones was keeping her cool the whole time as she avoided the initial attack and was able to get a roundhouse kick to the jaw. After some grappling, Chekhov was able to get some elbows to the midsection and had our heroine in a head scissors lock. The damage was done and Jones was dazed and confused. Chekhov took full advantage of it with a full mount on the ground and she started pounding away with some vicious rights and lefts that left Jones out. As the council woman began to announce Chekhov as the winner, she stopped as Jones began showing life. Jones began breaking apart Chekhov with some brutal kicks and even a superman punch that sent her to the mat. She ended the match with a brutal roundhouse kick that knocked Chekhov out for good. Jones was in the finals awaiting her opponent Ling Chow.

TNF Jones Vs ChowThere was a lot of damage done to Jones coming into the final match, but that didn’t stop her or her sensei from showing up to take on Ling Chow who had gone through less damage throughout the tournament. Ling Chow was smart in the opening minutes of the match hitting her with a backhand that opened up a chance to hit her damaged rib cage which she did, but that didn’t deter the American. Ling was trying to force Jones outside of the lines which would mean a win for Ling, but Jones had something to prove. She was still taking some punishment though with some mean hits to the ribs and back as well as some lethal strikes to the head. Jones was trying to fight back as she was able to get a good shot to the stomach with a nice kick, but Ling was merciless and kept on the attack eventually hitting Jones with a shot to the ear that affected her ear drum. It was then that a little bit of inspiration came her way that may deliver a bit of a boost for the match in the form of a vision of her father.

TNF Jones Vs Chow 2Jones would come at Ling hard with three straight round house kicks that found their mark sending the favorite to the mat. Jones was on a roll as every kick and punch was finding their mark on Ling who had no answer for this miraculous comeback that we were witnessing from Jones. Then when we least expected it with Ling toeing the line of being eliminated if she crosses it, she gets hit with a Bruce Lee like thrust kick that launches her way out of the ring and into the water making Jones the winner of the match and the Kumite. After the match, Sang revealed that he had killed Wai’s brother and that he had not committed suicide over Shu as Wai had always thought. They would go on to bring the circle back together and they started a school together and everyone lived happily ever after. I thought that this was actually a pretty decent film even though it sort of follows the formula of Bloodsport, but they do make it their own. The fight scenes are pretty good as you get into the film, but the opening of the film could have been better. I thought the acting was actually pretty good despite not knowing a lot of the women in the film. The one problem I had with it was if you’re trying to make a serious Women’s Kung Fu film, then why have the bathroom scene when all the women first get together? It didn’t make a lot of sense unless you’re trying to target an all male crowd. Nonetheless, I am going to give the film an B- for a final grade because I enjoyed it.

28It has been quite some time since I reviewed a film of any nature and I wanted to try something new. We have been doing Ass Whooping Wednesdays for quite some time that I wanted to try something new and I came up with Tuesday Night Fights where we take those films where there is an obvious showdown in it and we review the fight. The first film we are checking out is Way Of The Dragon which is the 1972 films that Bruce Lee starred, wrote, and directed. In the film Bruce Lee plays Tang Lung, a Kung Fu expert from Hong Kong who is sent to Rome to help some relatives get rid of a problem they are having with some local thugs who wanted to steal the family business. In the film, Tang Lung will do battle with an American Karate champion who is a man simply known to us and the world as Colt (Chuck Norris). The film also stars Nora Miao (The Big Boss) as Chen Ching Hua, Robert Wall (Enter The Dragon) as Bob, Ing-Sik Whang (The Young Master) as Japanese Fighter, Jon T. Benn (The Man With The Iron Fists) as The Boss,  Chung-Hsin Huang (The Chinese Connection) as Uncle Wang, and Little Unicorn (Shaolin Drunk Fighter) as Jimmy.

lee-vs-norris-copyTang Lung had to fight a couple of guys that day just to get to Colt who was awaiting his arrival (overall, he has beaten up to 22 guys at this point). As he stares into the ruins, he finds Colt up high in the air and you can feel the anticipation of the fight. A little worm by the name of Ho (Ping Ou Wei) tries to distract him by chanting things, but that doesn’t our Kung Fu master. When they finally meet, they warm up real quick to get themselves loose for the fight. After jockying to see who was going to land the first real hit, Chuck was able to get a roundhouse kick that sent Lee to the ground. Norris would continue the onslaught with some punches that connected, but as soon as he flipped him to the ground, Bruce grabbed a bunch of Norris’s chest hair and tore some hair off. It looked hopeless for Lee as Norris was on top of the fight with some big kicks, but that didn’t discourage Lee at all. Bleeding from the lip and a nice bruise on his cheek, Lee quickly re-accessed the situation. Norris tried to land kick after kick, but Lee was either blocking them or dodging them.

lee-vs-norris-copy-2Lee began to strike Norris, but Norris was blocking the kicks although he now looked a little worried. Then out of nowhere, Lee connected with some kicks to the head that shook the American champion and sent him reeling to the ground. It was over at this point, Norris couldn’t see anything that was coming from Lee whether it be some nice punches to the head or chest and stomach area or the kicks that rocked him to the ground. After connecting with some punches and driving Norris against a wall, Bruce broke his hand and his leg. Barely able to stand on both his legs, Norris never gave up, but he lunged at Lee who put him into a headlock and snapped his neck ending the fight and making him the winner at the 6:08 mark in the fight. Lee honored him like he was a true warrior after the fight by paying respect to his opponent.

Heropage-980x560_45For this week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday, I wanted to finish something that i had started some months ago when I began watching a series about the famous Grandmaster Ip Man. Now I present to you what seems like the final film in the Wilson Yip (IP Man) directed series in IP Man 3. The film once again follows IP Man (Donnie Yen) as he is a lot older (because Bruce Lee is now a teenager), but not a lot has changed in Hong Kong since we last seen him. The city is now being run by a notorious boxing gangster named Frank (Mike Tyson) and he is trying to buy up all the schools in Hong Kong to try and close them down, but IP Man will not stand for it. IP Man also has to answer the challenge of a jealous Wing Chun master by the name of Cheung Tin-chi (Max Zhang) while also trying to take care of his sick wife (Lynn Hung). The film also stars Patrick Tam (Port Of Call) as Ma King-Sang, Karena Ng (Magic To Win) as Miss Hong, Kai-Chung Cheung (Keeper Of Darkness) as Chui Lek, Kent Cheng (IP Man 2) as Fatso, Ka-Yan Leung (The Man With The Iron Fists) as Master Tin, and Kwok-Kwan Chan (Kung Fu Hustle) as Bruce Lee. Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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ip-man-3-movie-reviewFirst of all, I want to start off by saying that if you loved the first two films then you will definitely love this as it definitely does not disappoint at all. Alright with that being said, let’s look at the stats. As far as the kills/knockouts are concerned for this film, I am saying that the final number is 68, but that’s +/- 5 with it being more on the plus side. What I mean by that is that I could swear the final number was 74, but I used the minus side of five for my final total. Just like the last film, this is all his origin story and he is married. As far as anyone getting hurt in the film, his son is kidnapped and his wife is sick. The big boss is definitely defeated, but like always you’ll have to watch for yourself to find out how. I loved this film for the simple reasons of the different styles of fights and fighter styles. He fights a Thai fighter (who I am pretty sure fights Muai Thai), he fights a boxer (Tyson), and he fights someone who is a master in his own style. That leads for an awesome film and as you can imagine the fight scenes are incredible, the fight choreography is perfection so what are you waiting for. If you are a fan of Martial Arts films, then you owe it to yourself to check this one out. Of course, I am not stopping here because there are more films based on Yip Man, but so far this is the best series I have watched. I am going to give this film five fists out of five for a final grade.

ip man final fightWe are continuing our theme of kick ass Kung Fu and we are continuing with the legendary IP Man (real name Yip Man) who was the master of Bruce Lee. I didn’t know what the connection this film had to the previous films I reviewed, but IP Man: The Final Fight is not part of that series. In this film, it’s post war China and we find IP Man (Anthony Chau-Sang Wong) arriving in Hong Kong where he sets up shop and begins to teach. One of IP Man’s pupils finds himself deep into the Hong Kong underworld while another finds himself in a fight with the Triads forcing IP Man to come back into action for one more fight. In the meantime, we see IP Man deal with various issues we haven’t seen before like his Gastric pain and the vicissitudes of life. The film also stars Eric Tsang (The Accidental Spy) as NG Chung, Gillian Chung (Blade Of Kings) as Chan Sei-mui,  Jordan Chan (Big Bullet) as Tang Shing, Zhou Chuchu (The Apostles) as Jenny, Xin Xin Xiong (Double Team) as Local Dragon, Luxia Jiang (True Legend) as Le King, Timmy Hung (New Police Story) as Leung Sheung, and the film was directed by Herman Yau (The Legend Is Born: Ip Man). Before we get into the review, let’s check out some stats:

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ip_man_the_final_fight3From what I read about this film, this is a more accurate look at the life of IP Man as opposed to what was presented to us in the other IP Man films. We see in the film that IP Man did not approve of Bruce Lee’s fame which is something that I didn’t know. Anyways, let’s look at the stats: IP Man in this film has about 20 knockouts/kills and the film itself is an origin story. He is married when the film starts and for most of it, but he has a weird relationship with that Jenny woman. His student is almost killed which in effect forces IP Man to go into battle and the big boss is defeated. One thing I wanted to say about the big boss and that is I thought Jet Li was playing him until I looked it up and found out that it’s actually Jet Li’s stunt double that stars in this film as Local Dragon. It’s hard to judge Anthony Chau-Sang Wong’s IP Man versus Donnie Yen’s version, but Anthony Chau-Sang Wong plays an older version of him and as I said a more accurate one. The film had plenty of action and not just from IP Man, but from his students as well as they are constantly getting into fights. It’s definitely a film that is worth checking out if you are a fan of Martial Arts and Kung Fu. I am going to give the film four fists out of five for a final grade.

ip2For this week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, I wanted to continue with the Ip Man series which follows the teacher of Bruce Lee, Yip Man. This time around in IP Man 2, Ip Man (Donnie Yen) is now in Hong Kong where he hopes to teach more Chinese about the beautiful art of Wing Chun by opening a martial arts school. Unfortunately, IP Man’s wishes are being sabotaged because the rules in Hong Kong are very different and all of the masters including Master Hung (Sammo Hung). Master Ip will have to endure some tough tests which includes gaining Master Hung’s respect. Soon though, the two will have to band together as a brute Brit name Twister (Darren Shahlavi) looks to disrespect the art of Chinese Boxing. The film also stars Xiaoming Huang (American Dreams In China) as Wong Shun-Leung, Lynn Hung (IP Man) as Cheung Wing-Sing, Kent Cheng (Once Upon A Time In China) as Fatso, Yu-Hang To (1911) as Cheng Wai-Kei, Charles Mayer (Ghosts Of Old Shanghai) as Superintendent Wallace, Ka-nin Ngo (Turning Point) as Leung Kan, Siu-Wong Fan (IP Man) as Jin Shan Zhao, Jiang Dai-Yan as a young Bruce Lee, and the film was directed by Wilson Yip (IP Man). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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ip man 2Here are your stats for IP Man in the second film of the series as he had a total of 21 Knock outs/kills in this film with 15 of them coming in one fight sequence. The whole series is an origin story which is why I wrote no for that one. He is still married and Master Hung is hurt in the film as well as some of his students. The big fight is at the end and you’ll have to watch it to see how it ends. I do want to say that I loved the build up to the fight during the film. I mean you could predict that it was going to happen, but for most of the film you had no idea it would be that guy. Your almost led to believe for part of the film that Sammo Hung’s character is the big villain he must defeat, but it’s quite the opposite. There are times when the sequels never live up the original film, but that is not the case in this film’s matter. The film actually entices you to want to continue to watch because the story of IP Man is a fascinating one. I love how they inserted a young Bruce Lee into the film who tells him that he wants to learn Wing Chun. When asked why, Bruce replies because he wants to beat it up the bullies. Ip Man then tells him to come back when he grows up and we all know how the story goes from there. The martial arts action in this film is amazing so what are you waiting for, check it out. I am going to give the film 4.4 fists out of five for a final grade.

ip manFor today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, we turn to a true legend of Martial Arts  and the Kung Fu community in the film IP Man. IP Man is a semi-biographical look at the life of the man known as Yip Man, a true master of Wing Chun and the legendary teacher of Bruce Lee. In the town of Foshan, China, Martial Arts runs rampant with many schools and masters. There is one master of them all that chooses not to teach his brand of Wing Chun known as IP Man (Donnie Yen). He is modest and knows that he is the best, but he doesn’t flaunt it until things go bad in Foshan. The Japanese have taken over China and have made times desperate for the people of China. To protect a mill of workers and his family, he will finally teach his brand of Wing Chun, but will he battle the Japanese General? The film also stars Simon Yam (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life) as Chow Ching-Chuen, Siu-Wong Fan (Kung Fu Killer) as Jin Shan Zhao, Lynn Hung (IP Man 2) as Cheung Wing-Sing, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi (Blues Harp) as Miura, Tenma Shibuya as Colonel Sato, Zhi-Hui Chen (Fearless) as Master Liu, Xing Yu (Kung Fu Hustle) as Master Zealot Lam, and the film was directed by Wilson Yip. Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

IP Man StatsROUNDUP-IPMAN-articleLargeI am such a huge fan of Martial Arts films and I was a huge fan of Bruce Lee, so it was only natural for me to check out a film about the man who taught the legend. As far as stats are concerned, IP Man had about 32 Knockouts/Kills and he doesn’t have an origin story in this film. He is married so that answers the love interest question and several of his friends are either hurt or killed in the film. You’ll have to check out the final showdown of the film for yourself because something unexpected happens at the end of it. It takes a little while in the film for IP Man to get into action at times, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any action because there’s plenty of it. There is always some fight going on especially in the beginning and after it’s established that the Japanese have taken over. IP Man is basically one of those guys that you are going to regret calling into action because he is going to kick your ass. The fight choreography is absolutely amazing in this film as you see every punch and kick that is performed in the film. One of my favorite battle scenes in the film is the fight between IP Man and ten Japanese fighters. That is absolutely intense and amazing to see. I cannot wait to see the rest of the films in the series because this only covers his pre-Hong Kong days. Check it out on Netflix right now and as far as a grade is concerned this gets 4.5 fists out of five for a final grade.

the street fighterWhen you think of the mid-1970’s and martial arts films from the exploitation era, then the name Sonny Chiba will be of great importance for he is the legend of the Grindhouse cinema. Bruce Lee was gone and all of Asia were looking for the next martial arts star to step up to the plate and Sonny Chiba was one of them in today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesdays film The Street Fighter. Sonny plays a mercenary named Terry who is rough and tough and doesn’t take any crap from anyone and he is very successful as well. One day, an oil tycoon mysteriously passes away and leaves all of his money to his daughter Sarai (Yutaka Nakajima) making her a target for thieves. The Yakuza and the mafia decide to try and hire Terry to kidnap the girl for them, but when he refuses they try to kill him in a means to conceal their plan. What they didn’t plan for is that Terry offers his services to protect the girl from the Yakuza and a violent war ensues. The film also stars  Goichi Yamada as Ratnose, Masashi Ishibashi as Junjo, Etsuko Shihomi (Sister Street Fighter) as Nachi, Masafumi Suzuki as Kendō Masaoka, Ken Kazama (Return Of The Street Fighter) as Senkaku Kan, and the film was directed by Shigehiro Ozawa (Return Of The Street Fighter). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some of the stats: 

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sonny chibaThere is one thing that can be said about this film and there is definitely a body count in the film as Chiba alone had 64 knockouts/kills. The origin story that is revealed to us about him is very brief and it’s him witnessing the death of his father and his father tells him to never be defeated. There is really no love interest in the film and towards the end, his sidekick Ratnose ends up meeting his maker. One of the things that you’ll find interesting is that one the jobs he does in the beginning will bite him in the ass later on in the film. The overdub is pretty decent and the film quality isn’t bad for a grindhouse film as some of them are usually choppy from the conversion. Sonny Chiba is a total bad ass and it oozes through in all of his unique kills like ripping a man’s genitals out or even the throat rip that you’ll see. Some of the knockouts or kills can be a little cheesy as all it seems to take for some is a devastating kick to kill them. No one will ever replace Bruce Lee, but Sonny Chiba was own brand or animal and it was certainly fun to watch on screen. One thing that I will say is that it is hard to figure out whether the film is in Japan or China as according to the film, Chiba’s character was a half breed and then he challenges a Japanese Dojo as well. Nevertheless, it was a fun movie to watch and I enjoyed it. You can catch the film if you have Amazon Prime right now. I am going to give the film 3.8 fists out of five.

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