Category: kung fu

The Venoms on the set of “Shaolin Rescuers” with director Chang Cheh. 

“Swordsman and Enchantress” (1978) starts off as a pretty typical 70s Ti Lung swordplay historical movie, until it gets insane in the last third of the film. 

Ti Lung plays a beardy drunk drifter, kind of a Kung Fu Zap Rowesdower, who saves the life of another man’s wife. The other man, a Kung Fu and swordplay expert, assumes the drifter is in love with his wife, a charge that’s hard to refute because…well…it’s true…Ti Lung is in love with her. 

What makes this movie noteworthy enough to stand out from the pack of historical swordplay Hong Kong movies with a tragic ending is how insane it gets in the last third of the film, out of absolutely nowhere. In the last third of the film, the heroes shrink down to enter a village of living puppets, where they can never escape because they are 6 inches tall. The finale has a twist I won’t spoil here but that elevates this material. 

Carter Huang in “18 Bronzemen.”

American born expat film star Carl Scott, who in Hong Kong in the late 1970s, starred in “Kung Fu Executioner,” “A Hard Way to Die” (a very fun movie, also called Sun Dragon) and “Soul Brothers of Kung Fu.” 

Karate and Kung Fu course booklets in comic books. 

The reason these were so omnipresent is that it takes a lot of money to ship things like weights, whereas postage for easy to fold instructional guides was way cheaper. 

Chinese Ghost Story 1-3 posters, from 1987-1991. 

“Five Shaolin Masters” (1974). 

Shaw Brothers Studios in the 1960s group photo.

Paul Gulacy’s cover art for “Green Lantern: Dragon Lord,” about a Green Lantern in Ancient China.