The non HK releases are called "The Legend" but its actually the "Legend of Fong Sai Yuk" starring Jet Li.
An incredibly entertaining film, loads of comedy as well as the martial arts, and even more incredible this was released in 1993, along with its equally as excellent sequel, plus the also excellent "Last Hero In China" and yet another excellent film "Tai Chi Master". On top of that he made several films the year before and the year after and they were all great, so what a strong couple of years that was.
Comedy, kung fu, more comedy and Jet Li in his prime, what more do you want.
Here we "Owl vs Bumbo" or "Owl vs Bombo", starring Sammo Hung, George Lam, Stanley Fung and a young Michelle Yeoh.
Typically good stuff as you would expect with these stars, although at times it gets slowed down by the drama elements of taking a class of bad element kids and turning them in to a bunch of goody goodies, that story has featured several times in American films,
Still plenty of fun to be had, not a great deal of kung fu.
I love it...british comedy whodunnit meets italian giallo
How best to describe this wonderful film, it is a british comedy whodunnit meets an italian giallo and it works brilliantly.
Lance Percival represents the british actors along with Ballard Berkeley from Fawlty towers plus a couple of others, most of the cast are Italian actors who would see in a giallo such as Evelyn Stewart. We do get a couple of American actors too.
Great fun, it all works for lovers of the giallo and lovers of a british whodunnit comedy.
If you are unfamiliar with the actors then you would assume they are all British, the film is very well dubbed and can now be brought on blu ray, so is a little bit easier to get hold of now.
One of the 4 amazing Yuen Clan comedy martial art films from the early 80s, that have to be seen to be believed. This time the Yuen Clan are joined by a young Donnie Yen as the lead role and we also get Lydia Sum to provide some extra comedy moments.
The scene on the bridge with Lydia Sum is worth the price of admission alone, i don't know how they come up with all these wonderful ideas.
The main english title for this ia Crazy Safari, but its also known as Gods Must Be Crazy 3 and Vampires Must Be Crazy.
So after the success of the 2 South African comedies "Gods Must Be Crazy 1 and 2", Hong Kong got hold of Nixau and teamed him up with Lam Ching Ying from the Mr Vampire films, this was the result...and it worked.
Some great comedy here...Nixau does Bruce Lee,..So they mixed two excellent series so it couldn't fail really, so if like the Mr Vampire films or the Gods Must Be Crazy films its a must watch.
This actually has narration by Stephen Chow and Ng Man Tat, in the style of Gods 1 and 2, but there are no subs for what they say.
Hugely popular film, i know it was the most successful film at the South African box office for a long time.
Funny, funny and funny, lots of knockabout slapstick and some clever editing tricks which add to the madness.
Highly recommended along with its sequel.
BTW after the 2 films were made, Hong Kong got hold of Nixau and made 3 further films which did have alternative titles but are also known as Gods Must Be Crazy 3 + 4 + 5!, although they are not as good as the South African films, they are still a lot of fun and i like them anyway.
So this is a rarely seen little film called "Hello Dracula", the fist of 4 knocked out pretty quickly and it has to be said the first 3 are virtually identical films.
I haven't managed to see this one with any english subs, but its easy to follow, a grandpa figure looks after a bunch of orphans i assume and most of the action takes place in there house. Plenty of vampire action and comedy, and as it features kids, its quite similar to Mr Vampire 2 and particularly similar to "Close Encounter of Vampire".
I would probably rate it higher with english subs.
English title of this is "First Vampire In China", yes its another a long the lines of Mr Vampire, not the typical hopping vampire in this one, definitely more of a horror vampire, looks a bit like a mummy.
This film actually really reminds me of the excellent "return of the demon", the settings and time period all look the same, that also stars Charlie Cho.
So to wrap up this is another great film, i actually only discovered this a couple of years ago, but am already up to 6 viewings, i also discovered "Close Encounter of the Vampire" about the same time, check that one out too.