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THE PROUD YOUTH: REVIEW BY BRENDAN DAVIS

“Living isn’t that important, but drinking is.”   The Proud Youth is director Sun Chung’s take on Jin Yong’s The Smiling, Proud Wanderer. This is a movie I was half expecting not to like. The source material is long, with lots of characters, and an hour and...

What Price Honesty? Review By Brendan Davis

In many movies, heroes may suffer, but joining them on their journey is easy. In What Price Honesty?, the director, Patrick Yuen Ho-Chuen, paints a bleak moral world that forces the viewer to ask themselves just how far along the hero’s path they’d be willing...

Naval Commandos’ Song San as played by David Chiang

“No. I am Chinese.” Local Triad boss Song San works independently to thwart the invading Japanese in his beloved Shanghai. Song ultimately joins the titular group of Chinese military bent on driving the would-be usurpers out of their homeland. Martial / Weapons Skills: While Song knows some bare...

Magnificent Wanderers’ Chu Tie Xia as played by David Chiang

“So he’s after my money!”” A revolutionary hero pitted against the overlord Mongols; Chu does whatever he can to help his people. He may come across as a cultured member of high society, but in truth, this young man knows his priorities lie with the oppressed. Age:...

Shaolin Temple’s “Little Master” Man Yue as played by Chiang Sheng

“Entering the Alley doesn’t deserve death. There’s “U-Turn Road” in the alley. It’s to give people a chance to go back.” Age: Early Twenties Affectionately called Little Master by new and seasoned adepts alike, Man Yue is among Shaolin Temple's most loyal monks. Answering to the Great...

Movie Review: MARCO POLO (1975)

Director: Chang Cheh Starring: Alexander Fu, Chi Kuan-Chun, Philip Kwok,Bruce Tong Yim-Chaang, Shih Szu, Lu Ti, Richard Harrison, Gordon Liu, Leung Kar-Yan and Johnny Wang. OVERVIEW Marco Polo opens with the eponymous character arriving at the court of Kublai Khan where, with processional pacing, heroes compete in a series...

The Five Best Derek Yee Roles for Shaw Brothers

For my latest obsessive cinema binge, I decided to spend a good portion of September (aka #Shawtember) revisiting and acquiring new Shaw Brothers movies that feature Derek Yee in them. While Derek Yee came on rather late into the Shaw Brothers fold in the mid...