Sept. 17, 2000, 9:34 p.m. CST
"A fart for the stick king!"
Sept. 17, 2000, 10:03 p.m. CST
Every Tekken fan should know that Lie-Wulong's ending in Tekken 3 was inspired from the Jackie's traning scenes in Snake in Eagle's Shadow.
Sept. 17, 2000, 10:16 p.m. CST
by Cassius the Evil
I need to have that thing framed... dear lord... it's so... *perfect*!
Sept. 17, 2000, 10:53 p.m. CST
Seriously, think about it: "Snake Fist in Eagle Shadow" and "Throwing Rocks at Monkeys." Or "Dragon vs. Needles of Death" and "Smelling the Hairy Monkey on Captain Jim's Balls." Dude, I need some sleep.
Sept. 17, 2000, 11:37 p.m. CST
by Wesley Snipes
Yeah we all know that taken as a whole, Drunken Master 2 bitch-slaps all other martial arts movies. And we're all aware of Fist of Legend, Once Upon a Time in China, Iron Monkey, Crouching Tiger and the other big ones (though few ever mention the Yuen Woo Ping/Jet Li production, Tai Chi Master, which I believe has hands-down the coolest 90s HK kung fu music and is really good at conveying the "power" of kung fu). But what about Hollywood films? Which have great martial arts and more significantly, SHOOT the action in a way that is effective yet keeping a Hollywood flavour? Matrix is great, but the directing/editing style basically aped the early 90s HK films. Ditto on "Drive", by Steve Wang and featuring Mark Dascascos. The fights ROCKED (go rent it at Blockbuster NOW!), but it still just felt like classic HK filming style, a mix of Jackie Chan and OUATIC-era Tsui Hark philosophy. Blade was definitely Hollywood philosophy when it came to the angles and editing. Crazy MTV style. It's good and the impact and style were great, but the fights were too obscured by the editing. Anybody could've been fighting much of the time. IMHO, the best example of combining USA & HK approaches is DRagon: The Bruce Lee Story. You can SEE all or most of the choreography, but it's got the flair, speed, and hard-hitting energy that is so Hollywood. I love it and I'm sorry to see that it hasn't been emulated at all, at least to my knowledge. Can anyone recommend other US-made martial arts flicks? How are Bloodmoon or Superfights? And what the heck is Steve Wang doing now?
Sept. 18, 2000, 12:24 a.m. CST
To the poster that asked what director, Steve Wang, was up to; the last I heard was that he was directing a movie with Steven Segal(ugh.). Anyway, you can always check out Guyver 2: Dark Hero for some bio boosted HK style action by Wang. Stay away from the first Guyver movie with Mark Hamill, that one doesn't have very good fights. And dare I say it? The first Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie was also directed by Steve Wang and if I remember corectly, actually has some decently choreographed stuff.
Sept. 18, 2000, 1:30 a.m. CST
by Buzz Maverik
This first one showed with FISTS OF SNAKES starring Cyrill Wing and Yolanda Chen. The second one showed with CHIMPANZEE VS. HOOVER UPRIGHT: man you should have seen Quentin imitating those styles ... I think we all feel a little bad about giving him the business after actually seeing the movies, don't we? I don't remember the title of the last movie, but those four pizza loving dragons who live in the Hong Kong subway and use their martial arts to battle evil sure were cool.
Sept. 18, 2000, 7:49 a.m. CST
by ol' painless
It is the best Kung Fu film ever made. Another one that I saw at the same festival a few years ago was "the Blade" by Tsui Hark. Anyone else seen that? It ROCKED. But, Harry, I have to say, you were probably at the greatest film night of your life here: Quentin Tarantino, Kung Fu triple feature, Jackie Chan, and a theatre full of hyped up film geeks. Tell me: would it get any better than that?
Sept. 18, 2000, 9:43 a.m. CST
The action was a bit slower in Snake in the Eagle's Shadow because the fight scenes weren't sped up, like in 99.9 % of Jackie's movies. Oh, and I've seen BLOODMOON w/ Gary Daniels, which is a pretty cool little american made martial arts flick. Gary Daniels also starred in that shit live-action version of Fist of the Northstar, but there were a few well-choreographed fights thrown in there. And I agree with you guys about Drunken Master 2; one of the best Gung Fu films ever. Speaking of DM 2, the dude who played Henry (the main villian's bodyguard) is the same dude who tehy motion captured for the part of Liu Kang in the original Mortal Kombat arcade game. Now, if only Ang Lee, Yuen Woo-Ping, Jet Li & Jackie Chan could all hook up to make the ultimate HK flick, our geek fantasies would be satisfied (well, mine would be anyway), but I'm sure CTHD will do it for me. ...end of rant
Sept. 18, 2000, 2:31 p.m. CST
that was such an aweful movie but it had great fight scenes! ...FIGHT ME! DAMNT!!
Sept. 18, 2000, 6:24 p.m. CST
by Wesley Snipes
Thanks for the info re: Steve Wang, guys. Actually, Wang isn't working with Seagal anymore. Wang was supposed to direct the Seagal/Joel Silver comeback movie (I forget the name), but now they have the Romeo Must Die director doing it. It worked out for the best if he's going to do another flick with the Drive team!
July 15, 2001, 2:16 a.m. CST
by femme fatale
the Steve Wang / Segal film never made it. a good thing "Blood on the moon?" was the title. Steve Wang deserves better than that, he should do a film with Mark Dacascos and Darren Shahlavi from bloodmoon, who was also in the great Yuen Woo Ping's "Tai Chi 2" and the forthcoming Olaf Ittenbach horror film "Legion of the dead" Seasonal should use Darren Shahlavi again with Gary Daniels and Mark Dacascos with Wang directing......
July 15, 2001, 3:07 a.m. CST
by femme fatale
Koichi Sakamoto should be the fight director, his work is cool, he Dacascos and Shahlavi would rock big time