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"Shaolin Hand Lock": The Joyless Lock Club

The Shaolin Hand Lock is a fearsome attack that can effectively kill an opponent in seconds. It has only one weakness, and that’s an attack to the sides, which can easily be deflected by a metal vest. Only one family knows of this attack, and most of them have been taken out by the murderous […]

"The 14 Amazons:" When Effort Trumps Skill

I am a child of the 70’s who grew up in the New York metro area, which means I have many fond memories of misspent Saturday afternoons watching Hong Kong kung-fu action movies on Channel 5. I didn’t realize it at the time, but most of those vintage chop-socky films were the work of the […]

"Hong Kong Godfather" Offers Entertainment You Can't Refuse

I have never seen a Shaw Brothers movie before. Come to that, I don’t think I have ever seen an honest-to-goodness, 1970s-style chop-sockey movie before. I know their reputation, of course, so I had an idea of what I was in for with Hong Kong Godfather. But I wasn’t expecting this kind of entertainment from […]

"Opium and the Kung Fu Master": You Don't Need Drugs to Enjoy This

For reasons known only to its marketing staff, FUNimation recently provided toonzone with copies of four of its Shaw Brothers movie releases. In a similar spirit of devil-may-care fecklessness, we have actually decided to review them—even though their cartooniness is at best only metaphorical. Starting today, then, we will be bringing you “Kung Fu Week.” […]

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