Robert Clouse directed some fine Kung Fu movies including Game of Death and Black Belt Jones but in 1973 he directed what is considered by a lot of people to be the greatest Kung Fu movie ever made. A large part of that was due to the star of the film, Bruce Lee. It was his American film debut and it was a great one. This was the first Chinese martial arts film to be produced by a major Hollywood studio; it was a co-production with Golden Harvest and Warner Bros. This was also Bruce Lee’s final film appearance before his death; the movie was released in Hong Kong just six days after his death. In this thing we’ve got John Saxon, Jim Kelly, and a little bit of Bolo Yeung. Also doing some stunt work you’ve got Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung, Sammo was also featured in the beginning of the movie fighting with Bruce. The movie itself has a pretty non-standard plot for a Kung Fu movie, Bruce Lee agrees to be a spy for the government on a secret island run by a crime lord. This was done by way of a martial arts tournament that is held there every three years. Saxon and Kelly are the other guys on the side of good in the tournament. While Jim Kelly doesn’t make it all the way through the movie, he does have the most memorable lines. The movie has more than an unusual plot (that being a great thing); it’s got one of the best villains in movie history along with one of the greatest final battles. But speaking of battles, the fight scenes in this are great as you may expect, Bruce Lee puts on a martial arts clinic with various weapons and the deadliest weapon of all, himself. In sort if you haven’t seen this movie, well there’s just no excuse not to have seen it. I personally own multiple copies of it, it’s that damn good.
July 26, 2011
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January 28, 2010
Ah Jackie Chan, one of the greatest martial arts actors of all time, but you may wonder how he got to be that way. Well Jackie is here to answer that question with a book written by the stunt hungry always smiling man who seems to be made of rubber. Clocking in a 416 pages it starts you out with Jackie as a kid going to the Peking opera because his family thought this would be the best direction for their son to go. We go through his life at the school, how at times it seemed to be too brutal that anyone would survive but eventually he graduated. We go from there to seeing how Jackie started out in stunts and movies with his brothers Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao. You get some great stories about things like how Jackie had to make his own furniture in his apartment because he couldn’t afford to buy any to his brushes with organized crime, and his fight to get films made in both Hong Kong and America. The book ends around the time that “Rush Hour” comes out so it’s somewhat current even at this point. Includes a list of his films, top stunts and injuries. A must read for any Jackie Chan fan, fucking great book.