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The History of Kung-Fu
Transcript of The History of Kung-Fu
OF A CHINESE COURTESAN 1972 -- Sex, blood, more sex, and more blood. Action heroines fill the screen in a savage, hilarious, blood-soaked outrage. Yuen Chor directs Lily Ho in an unforgettable epic. Things are getting pretty over-the-top as studios strive to bring in the audiences driven crazy by Bruce Lee's charisma and skill FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH 1972 -- Lo Lieh, previously seen in Chang Cheh's "Golden Swallow" stars in a tremendous action picture with about 500 bad guys, all of whom die horrible, horrible deaths. Things are by now completely over-the-top. ENTER THE DRAGON 1973 -- After only two years, Bruce Lee has become the biggest box-office star in Hong Kong, and makes the biggest box-office success in Hong Kong history. Also the great cross-over film -- the first Kung-Fu film to really break into the American market. Bruce Lee is on top of the world. And then he dies. MASTER OF THE
FLYING GUILLOTINE 1975 -- In the wake of Lee's passing, films try increasingly bizarre gimmicks to stir up the audience. Lau Kar Leung (remember -- he set up the fights in "The One-Armed Swordsman") brings his honest-to-goodness knowledge of kung fu to spectacular effect in this collection of freakish fight scenes. The latter part of the 70's will see Leung dominate the kung-fu cinema genre until the rise of a young Peking Opera star... 1970's THE (The second half) HAND OF DEATH 1976 -- An unknown director named John Woo leads a collection of nobodies: Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah and Jackie Chan in a low-budget actioner. Young Woo shows a preference for long tracking shots, while the kids in front of the camera display a grace and willingness to do insane things that will shortly transform the whole industry.