Posts Tagged ‘Kung Fu’

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.

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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.

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.

kung fu killerThis is the very last Ass Whoopin Wednesday post until we start it back up in November due to the fact that we will be in observance of Halloween all October long. For today’s film, I chose one from martial arts actor Donnie Yen, who has starred inn great films like Hero, IP Man, Blade II, and today’s film called Kung Fu Killer. In Kung Fu Killer, he plays a martial arts master named Hahou Mo, who has been imprisoned for killing a man in a duel. All of a sudden, murders are being committed in Hong Kong that have a connection to an order of different martial arts skills. Hahou Mo immediately see the connection and asks for the lead investigator Detective Luk Yuen-Sum (Charlie Yeung) to try and assist her. She gets him out of jail and they immediately go after the martial arts killer who is on the loose. The film also stars Baoqiang Wang (A Touch Of Sin) as Fung Yu-Sau, Bing Bai (Shaolin) as Sinn Ying, Kang Yu (Dragon) as Wong Chit, Siu-Wong Fan (IP Man) as Hung Yip, Alex Fong (Double Tap) as Chief Inspector Lam, Xing Yu (Kung Fu Hustle) as Tam King-Yiu, and the film was directed by Teddy Chan (The Accidental Spy). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats.

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1kOne of the first things I am going to say about this film before I start reviewing the stats is that this is one hell of a film. In my opinion, Asian cinema has always been on top of the game when it comes to Martial Arts films. Anyways, Yen’s character has about 27 kills/knockouts which are spaced out a lot because most of the film is a spectator until he is unleashed for that final duel. He doesn’t really have an origin story other than the fact that he is the number one master in all of China which is why Fung Yu-Sao is after him in the first place. He does have a love interest that you meet in the film and she is the one that ends up getting hurt besides that all of his friends who are martial artists end up dying. You’ll have to watch the film to see how Fung Yu-Sao is defeated in the film cause it’s not what you expect and that is what I loved about it. I expected a really big battle and a big finish, but the way it ends is actually satisfying enough. The action and fight scenes in this film are where it’s at because the character of Fung Yu-Sau is a complete savage in the film that you are baffled that he is that good. The fight between Yen’s character and the main villain is by far the best fight of the film as some of the others are little too quick. I am a huge fan of this film and I strongly recommend it to everyone. That is why I am giving it 4.2 fists out of five for a final grade.

kung fury 2So, there was no Ass Whoopin Wednesday film last week and for this week’s film I wanted to do something a little different than usual. I started this blog piece because I loved watching kung fu and action movies from the 1980’s because there was an over abundance of bad ass films from that era. David Sandberg is one of those guys who apparently also loved action films from the 1980’s because he created the short film Kung Fury. In this film , Sandberg stars as Kung Fury, a cop who was struck by lightning one night while on the job and as a result of it, he was given super kung fu powers that only the chosen one receives. One night after saving the city of Miami from a killer arcade game robot, he discovers that Adolf Hitler (Jorma Taccone) is back and he wants Kung Fury’s super kung fu ability. In order to stop him, Kung Fury has to travel back in time to Nazi Germany to stop Hitler before it’s too late. The film also stars Steven Chew as Dragon, Leopold Nilsson as Hackerman, Andreas Cahling (Legend Of Dark Rider) as Thor, Per-Henrik Arvidius as the voice of Thor, Erik Hörnqvist as Triceracop, Frank Sanderson as the voice of triceracop, cobra, and dinomite, Eleni Young as Barbarianna, Helene Ahlson as Katana, Björn Gustafsson (Spy) as Private Lahmstache, Eos Karlsson (The Sandhamn Murders) as Red Ninja and David Hasselhoff (Baywatch) as Hoff 9000. Now let’s check out some stats before we get into the review of the film itself. 

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furyThe film may be only 31 minutes in total, but it packs one hell of a punch for 31 minutes. It doesn’t even seem like it’s 31 minutes long because it is so enjoyable to watch that it leaves you wanting more. David Sandberg does a terrific job parodying the 1980’s and everything that went along with it. The characters are fun and loveable as you get to meet Hackerman who uses a  Nintendo powerglove throughout the film as well as the giant Thor. A lot of the scenes, characters, and settings are over the top, but it’a fun over the top. He has 63 kills/knockouts in the film and 58 of them come in one fight sequence. He does have an origin story, but it explains how he acquired all of his powers and the friend/family member that is hurt is his partner who was killed. The only reason I have a question mark next to the yes in the big boss being defeated because the ending leaves you wanting more. One of the cool things about this film that I learned is that David Sandberg started a kickstarter project and he asked for $200,000 in order to complete the film and he exceeded his goal by $430,000 which allowed to be over the top in everything and if the make a second one, I’d be happy to donate to it. Check out the movie on Youtube and check out the website for the film here. I am going to give this film five fists out of five because it was that bad ass.