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Taiwan Noir 21: Magic Of Spell & Magic Warriors

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We return to the universe of Peach Boy, as played by a woman, as portrayed by Taiwanese children’s fantasy filmmakers who knew a thing or two about pace, energy, special effects free for all creativity etc. And face-pissing. Hear us try and break down what makes the ‘Child Of Peach’ sequel Magic Of Spell so special. And in the second half we look at sooooort of a spirited cousin of these movies without it being a sequel: The energetic Magic Warriors.

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Running Times:
00m 00s – Intro/Magic of Spell review
43m 00s – Magic Warriors review

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Taiwan Noir 20: The Child Of Peach

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Grabbing an icon from Japanese folklore and putting a Taiwan reefer madness spin on it, this is the type of fantasy with exploding heads, tiny cocks and dangerous fire stunts filmmakers gave to their young audience. Plus creepy peach puppet in the 1987’s fantasy spectacle The Child Of Peach.

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Running Times:
00m 00s – Intro/Momotaro/Peach Boy background
22m 23s – Actress Lin Shao-luo and director Chen Chun-liang discussion
36m 32s – The Child Of Peach review

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Taiwan Noir 19: Feng Shen Bang

tn19The tale of a Chinese protection deity isn’t as dry as it may sound as the story has cinematic colours galore so we’re taking a look at one such literary adaptation from Taiwan: Feng Shen Bang.

EDIT – Unfortunately there are three instances of unexplained audiodropouts at these points in the show: 11.26-11.32, 12.30-12.36 and 52. 53-52. 57. Many apologies for this.

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Running Times:
00m 00s – Intro/Na Cha literary and movie background
24m 18s – Feng Shen Bang review

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Taiwan Noir 18: The Big Calamity

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General Guan Yu battles aliens from Mars. Interested yet?

This slowly more widespread 1976 movie The Big Calamity (aka War God) is an event unlike any other from Taiwan. An event that sparks giddiness in even non fans of the men in suits smashing buildings and battling other man in suits-movies. Taiwan was a little Kaiju-engine that could

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Running Times:
00m 00s – Intro/The Big Calamity production background/Taiwan Kaiju through the ages
42m 00s – Chen Hung-min bio/discussion
51m 58s – General Guan Yau background
58m 18s – The Big Calamity review

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Taiwan Noir 17: Requital & Hunting List

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Taiwanese heroic gore-shed time and welcome gain to the wonderful world of Taiwan movie buff and expert at putting entire scenes or entire movies in his movies: Chu Yen-ping. This episode, we talk of him dipping his toe into State Of Grace while also remaking it nearly fully and that work comes in the form of 1992’s Requital and 1994’s Hunting List.

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Running Times:
00m 00s – Intro/Chu Yen-ping bio/discussion
38m 34s – Requital review
82m 22s – Ray Lui bio/discussion
88m 35s – Hunting List review

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Taiwan Noir 16: Night Orchid & The Greatest Plot

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Because we had fun discussing colourful Wuxia pian last time (when The Ghost Hill was reviewed), we jump ahead a decade to Night Orchid by Chang Peng-yi, starring Adam Cheng and Brigitte Lin. Memorable color for the genre? We’ll see. Also, we get very sparse feedback regardless of the show on the network but when a listener request is put forth towards Taiwan Noir… a specialized, niche show, we listen. Andrew in California wrote in and told us of a movie that kind of scared him as a child. Through surreal scenes, spooky sound design, eerie music but largely, we’re also dealing with a kung fu movie here with hopefully, because it is called that, The Greatest Plot.

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Running Times:
00m 00s – Intro/Chang Peng-yi bio/discussion
24m 10s – Brigitte Lin bio/discussion
35m 00s – Night Orchid review
66m 50s – Yueh Hua bio/discussion
80m 50s – Ulysses Au bio/discussion
87m 05s – The Greatest Plot review

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Taiwan Noir 15: The Ghost Hill & The Fly Dragon Mountain

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It’s time Taiwan Noir took a step back to Taiwan cinema swordplay or Wuxia pian. They had some juice, some fuel that could stack up with what Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest were doing despite being the little kid in terms of size of industry and maybe even means. So Kenny B and Todd Stadtman therefore talk Ting Shan-hsi’s The Ghost Hill and Chen Hung-min’s The Fly Dragon Mountain for this episode.

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