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RIVALS OF KUNG FU Article By SILVER EMULSION REVIEWS

Rivals of Kung Fu was released in 1974, but because of the way it focuses on story over action, it feels like it could have been made a few years earlier. It is a cause-and-effect story that slowly moves forward on small details and slight...

ON THE WRONG TRACK REVIEW By Silver Emulsion Film Reviews

As I mentioned in my post about Teenage Dreamers, I'm a huge fan of Hong Kong delinquent youth films. When On the Wrong Track began with Andy Lau's face superimposed over slow-motion fire and crashing cars, I was instantly reminded of the 1973 Chang Cheh/Kuei...

Teenage Dreamers Review By Silver Emulsion Film Reviews

Teenage Dreamers is a charming example of the Hong Kong youth film, a genre that has endeared itself to me over the years. Films about youth are common around the globe (we are all human, after all), but the movies out of Hong Kong have...

Clan of the White Lotus Review by Silver Emulsion Film Reviews

It's back to school time, so it's a great time to Get Schooled with some Shaw Brothers training films during Shawtember (as if you needed an excuse to watch your favorite Shaw films!). Today's film is Lo Lieh's Clan of the White Lotus, and for...

Golden Swallow Review by Silver Emulsion Film Reviews

Chang Cheh's Golden Swallow is a sequel to King Hu's Come Drink With Me, but it is most certainly not more of the same. It is a film defined by Chang's artistic drive more than anything else. In Chang's memoir he called the The One-Armed...

One Armed Swordsman Review By Silver Emulsion Film Reviews

This year marks the 50th anniversary of The One-Armed Swordsman, so it's a great time to re-examine Chang Cheh's early masterpiece. The film's legacy has never been in question; it was the first Hong Kong film to gross over HK$1 million, and it launched the career of the...

14 Amazons Review by Silver Emulsion Film Reviews

The great success of Wonder Woman this summer has been a rallying cry for big-budget, female-led films and strong, female action heroes. Hollywood has definitely slacked in these areas for many years, but any fan of martial arts films knows that the genre has been...

Come Drink With Me Review by Silver Emulsion Film Reviews

Come Drink With Me is widely regarded as the kung fu movie that kick-started the martial arts genre as we know it. At the time of its release, the Shaw Brothers studio was only a few months into their new direction of producing color martial...

Bastard Swordsman Review by Silver Emulsion Reviews

I first saw Bastard Swordsman a few years back when a new theater in town attempted to jump-start a revival film community. They presented the film via the only surviving 35mm film print, and it was glorious. The theater's plans would eventually fail due to...