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7 Grandmasters - As usual, a slightly confusing plot. But that's not important! The fights! I think my favorite was the fight in the courtyard with the rack of weapons that was eventually empty. The master flipped a sword off his foot and caught it! That was some great choreography. As far as the plot goes, wikipedia does a pretty good job of explaining it.

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A couple of my friends independently let me know they wanted to see the monthly Kung Fu series at the Hollywood Theater. Yes, please!

Kung Fu sword fight!
 
Sabertooth Dragon vs. the Fiery Tiger was playing this week and it did indeed entertain. The (only known) 35mm print was a bit choppy, so there were puzzling gaps in the story. The puzzling gaps could also be due to my complete lack of cultural competence or the film's not-quite-translated-right dubbing.

The story starts with the king announced as dead and the successor being chosen from the king's will. In a surprise move, the 4th prince, instead of the 14th, is named the new king. The other princes object. The new king tries to kill his family. Chaos ensues. There's a dalai lama in gold lamé with a flying guillotine army. The palace is booby trapped pretty spectacularly. The cheongsams and hanfus (?) were gorgeous from what I could see in the faded film print.

The two stand-outs for me:
The king, who turns out to be a jerk of course, with many trying to overthrow and kill him, loves wine, women, and song. The first time he got busy with a lady, a guard rushed into the bed chamber and shouted, "YOUR MAJESTY!" and I thought, "Great, what kind of attack is coming now!" and the guard continued with, "DON'T OVERDO IT!" And this happened every. single. time. And the king just kind of smirked and kept going. ???

The head guard got drunk and said some things in the king's presence that he probably shouldn't have, which resulted in the king kind of banishing him. I think. And when the guard, in some distress, is reflecting back on what may have happened to cause this, before plucking his own eyeballs out, says, "I've never betrayed the king! Well... maybe once."

Again, this could be a cultural thing or the translation not quite conveying the actual situation.

Two thumbs up!


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This list is from "Reel Knockouts: Violent Women In Film" from the chapter titled: "If Her Stunning Beauty Doesn't Bring You to Your Knees, Her Deadly Drop Kick Will". I found this while cleaning. For posterity, or maybe if I'm ever stuck for something to watch

Ah Kam 1996
Angel 2 1988
Blonde Fury 1987
The Bride with White Hair 1993
Broken Oath 1977
Butterfly and Sword 1993
China O'Brien 1988
A Chinese Ghost Story 1987
City Cops 1988
City Hunter 1992
Come Drink with Me 1965
Dragon Inn 1992
Drunken Master II 1994
Executioners (aka Heroic Trio 2) 1993
Fong Sai Yuk 1993
The Heroic Trio 1992
The Inspector Wears Skirts 1984
In the LIne of Duty I: Royal Warriors 1987
Midnight Angel (aka Angel/Iron Angels) 1987
Moon Warriors 1993
My Young Auntie 1981
Naked Killer 1992
New Legend of Shaolin 1994
Outlaw Brothers 1988
Police Story 1985
Police Story III: Supercop 1992/1996
Project 8 (aka Supercop 2) 1993/1999

Raging Thunder 1989
Righting Wrongs 1986
Shanghai Express 1986
She Shoots Straight 1990
Swordsman II 1992
Swordsmand III: The East is Red 1993
Tai Chi Master 1993
Wing Chun 1994
Yes, Madam 1985

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