Slaughter in San Francisco (1974)

Released as both Yellow-Faced Tiger and Karate Cop, American martial arts champion turned superstar Chuck Norris plays the villain once again in this very typical modern day kung fu film from director Lo Wei. Don and John are two police officers in San Francisco. When they see a young woman, Sylvia Chu, apparently being raped, the cops stop the attackers. However, at the police station, … Continue reading Slaughter in San Francisco (1974)

The Young Master (1980)

Leaving Lo Wei’s Film Company, Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan makes his Golden Harvest debut with this instant classic kung fu comedy. Two adopted brothers, Dragon and Tiger, enter a lion dance competition for their kung fu school. When they lose the competition, their father is none too happy with the results. However, it is revealed that Tiger was paid by the rival school to … Continue reading The Young Master (1980)

Shaolin Temple Strikes Back (1981)

The talented Chen Shan and Mark Long headline this pretty decent film from director Joseph Kuo. When the Manchus plot to take over China, a princess is en route to safety with entrusted military officer General Kong and young officer Lin Tsai-Shin. However, they are ambushed by Manchu general Long Yi, who proceeds to nearly wipe out the entire envoy. The only ones who manage … Continue reading Shaolin Temple Strikes Back (1981)

Blade of the Immortal (2017)

The 100th film from the prolific Takashi Miike is a well-made adaptation of a Japanese manga and anime that definitely churns out some excellent performances. Manji is a samurai warrior who protects his sister Machi after a job has gone awry. When he is confronted by a band of bounty hunters, Machi is killed in front of Manji, who relentlessly kills all of the hunters, … Continue reading Blade of the Immortal (2017)

Sanshiro Sugata Part Two (1945)

Akira Kurosawa returns to the martial arts stage with this sequel to his 1943 film with elements that can be said to be an influence on some of today’s martial arts films. In 1887 Yokohama, a young rickshaw driver is assaulted by an American sailor. Coming to the rescue is legendary judoka Sanshiro Sugata. Since he has defeated his archrival two years ago, Sanshiro has … Continue reading Sanshiro Sugata Part Two (1945)

Sanshiro Sugata (1943)

During World War II, one of the greatest filmmakers emerged with a tale about a martial artist who attempts to find his inner self while trying to make his art the premiere art of his country. That filmmaker’s name is Akira Kurosawa and his directorial debut, despite wartime censors cutting the film at the time, is a true classic tale revolving around the martial art … Continue reading Sanshiro Sugata (1943)

Invincible Kung Fu (1979)

Bruce Leung and Hon Kwok-Choi become the Felix and Oscar of the kung fu genre with this action comedy about two bickering masters who must unite to stop a common foe. Two men on a boat, To and Chow, can’t stand each other from the moment they laid their eyes on each other. When Chow attempts to frame To for a small gambling robbery, To … Continue reading Invincible Kung Fu (1979)