The Chemical Brothers are apparently smart enough to do this!!! They rule! The movie they used is Two Champions of Shaolin, which I mentioned the other day, as one of the really good movies where everybody dies in the end. In this video, they also all die, but they’re wearing headphones and boom boxes. Somehow.
Archive for category Kung Fu
June 27th – July 10th at the Lincon Center. Looks great! They’re showing everything from one part of a silent serial called RED HEROINE from 1929 (the other parts are lost) all the way up to CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON. The focus seems to be on the best of kung fu and swordplay movies from the 60’s and 70’s.
This picture is considered particularly good. Super old school stars posing with posters from their old movies.
Shaw brothers is remastering and releasing lots of their old movies on DVD, one of my friends imports them all and we watch. Just the other day we saw The Three Smiles, the poster in the middle of that particularly good picture.
The Three Smiles (三笑) is an example of Yellow Plum, or Huangmei, Opera (黃梅戲), which it turns out is great fun. Lots of music and funny misunderstandings and complicated situations.
When we watched it it led to Jenny and I talking about Dream of the Red Chamber which she just barely managed to read recently, which then led to searching on the internet for the answers to all sorts of questions, which she keeps wanting me to report on here. Maybe she’ll appear and write some comments.
Do you know about this movie? It’s by Quentin Tarantino, his attempt at a total exploitation / grindhouse / kung fu / Shaw Brothers style action extravaganza. It’s got David Carradine, Sonny Chiba, and the one and only GORDON LIU in it. Gordon Liu is playing the evil priest Pai Mei even! You may remember of course, the classic FIST OF THE WHITE LOTUS where Gordon Liu fought Pai Mei, remember that one, he had to learn “woman style”? Of course you do.
Oh yeah, Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, and somehow Darryl Hannah also appear.
And the action director is Yuen Woo-Ping, of Matrix, Crouching Tiger, Iron Monkey, Once Upon a Time in China, Drunken Master (and Drunken Master II) fame. How can this movie go wrong?