Watched some Kung-Fu movies recently. One good and one not so good, both of which star the one and only Jackie Chan.
The good one is the 1979 The Fearless Hyena, or Revenge of the Dragon in the US, a Hong Kong kung-fu film (duh) directed by and starring Jacky Chan (yes that's how he's credited in the film) it also stars... who really gives a fuck? The movie has Jackie Chan in it and that's all that matters. The movie I watched had no subtitles, not even cantonese subs, nothing, so of course I had no clue what was going on, plot wise at least, but what I can tell you is the fight scenes were rad. The fight scenes start out rather comically like most Mr. Chan movies then shit gets real. From what I can tell Chans' character Shing Lungs' (I got that from the Wiki) grandfather/Shi-Fu gets whacked by a crazy kung-fu master, with a classically long beard I might add, who uses his finger tips to kill (not as gay as it sounds). And lets not forget his band of merry mini po dao wielding psychos that just kill a couple of dudes at the beginning for seemingly no reason.
Jackie ends up getting taken in by another crazy old kung-fu master called The Unicorn-yup I got nothing on that one, who of which begins a rather cool training montage to help Jackie take down Fingers McKillington with "Emotional Kung-Fu" (again not as gay as it sounds).
The Fearless Hyena features several unusual fight scenes, including a chopsticks duel, Jackie fighting disguised as a cross-eyed mentally retarded man (Pink Panther music plays when he appears), and disguised as a woman. The movie has a lot more fight scenes that I didn't even touch on furthermore, this film served as the inspiration behind Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball manga so, any movie that started the best/worst thing to happen to anime is okay in my book.
Now the bad one is a 1973 Hong Kong detective film and comes under many different names such as, Police Woman, Rumble in Hong Kong, Police Woman Against Jackie Chan, Young Tiger, Ru jing cha, Nui ging chaat. I found it under the name Rumble in Hong Kong obviously attempting to cash in on Jackie Chans' 1996 movie Rumble in the Bronx. The real name is Police Woman and like the aforementioned, The Fearless Hyena, this too had no subtitles and I was clueless as to what was happening but, according to the Amazon instant video synopsis; Incriminating evidence against a gang is left in a cab when a gang member dies in it. The gang chases the innocent cab driver, who receives help from the dead gangster's sister - a tough police woman. One thing I can tell you about this pile of cinema is that Mr. Chan only has a cameo appearance in this garbage. He plays one of a group of bodyguards to a crime boss who has taken a woman hostage. Outside of not having subtitles to help me know what the fuck was going on, the film was shot on shitty-ideo meaning it was cropped to holy hell, and it was so dark I couldn't see jack shit of Jackie Chans' stunt choreography on the screen. It was pretty challenging staying focus on the movie and not drifting to internet porn. One possitive thing I can take away from this is that the lead actress Yuen Qiu later played the landlady in Stephen Chow's film Kung Fu Hustle.