Monday, February 10, 2014

KING BOXER (aka FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH) -
Chang-hwa Chung

"I'll give you this Iron Fist manual. Study it carefully."
- Master Shen Chin-Pei to star student Chi-Hao

I heard a lot of hype about this film over the years (for example, its "Iron Fist sting" sampled in Kill Bill). It's solid, but a little slow-going in parts. Not quite as many eyeball gouges and blood sprays as I hoped. Still, this flick laid the groundwork for stateside kung fu wave to come, established many welcome training sequence tropes.

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