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Taiwan Noir 30: A Book Of Heroes & A Heroic Fight

The director of Fantasy Mission Force scales down the genre bending and time warp madness and goes for a stripped down, broad comedy about a treasure hunt highlighted by frequent action choreography featuring among others Yukari Oshima. A Book Of Heroes from 1986 starts off this episode of Taiwan Noir and in the second half a family of special effects wizards that take on the triads. It’s called A Heroic Fight, also from 1986. With Kenny B and Todd Stadtman.

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Running times:
00m 00s – Intro/Chu Yen-ping biography
13m 11s – A Book Of Heroes review
35m 03s – A Heroic Fight review

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Taiwan Noir 29: Kung Fu Wonder Child & The Legend Of All Men Are Brothers

Just before The Child of Peach, actress Lin Shao-Lu got to try out playing a boy with magical powers in Lee Tso-Nam’s Kung Fu Wonder Child. Bring out your Taiwanese bingo card, this one will have nice songs, pee and poo in faces and energy bolts. Also, the characters of The Water Margin fights people in wheelchairs, drunks, transvestites and a worm infested zombie. The classic Chinese novel gets weird in the 1984 movie The Legend Of All Men Are Brothers. With Kenny B and Todd Stadtman.

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Taiwan Noir 28: Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins & Fantasy Mission Force

Taiwan filmmakers bring to life the manga and anime sensation Dragon Ball as Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins and we also review Chu Yen-ping’s Dirty Dozen style adventure with mahjong playing hopping vampires that arrives in the form of Fantasy Mission Force. Described by many as bonkers and the worst Jackie Chan movie ever. With Kenny B and Todd Stadtman.

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Running Times:

00m 00s – Intro/Dragon Ball background
24m 40s – Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins review
50m 26s – Chu Yen-ping biography & discussion/Fantasy Mission Force production background
66m 50s – Fantasy Mission Force review

 

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Taiwan Noir 27: Hello Dracula & The 36 Shaolin Beads

Taiwan responds to the success of Hong Kong’s Mr. Vampire in the form of Hello Dracula*, courtesy of the director of The Child Of Peach, Also, Todd brings us The 36 Shaolin Beads (aka The Gloomy Tower). A possibly ghostly swordplay movie with an unusual emphasis on mystery. It seems like someone directed for once. With Kenny B and the multimedia-man Todd Stadtman.

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Taiwan Noir 26: The Nine Demons & The Shanghai Thirteen

Legendary director Chang Cheh gets actors he worked with across the decades together for a Super Smash (Shaw) Brothers style time in The Shanghai Thirteen and he crafts a Wuxia pian fantasy with a tint of Halloween store horror and extensive kung fu in the form of The Nine Demons. Starring Gary and Joey. Thank you to Terracotta Distribution for sending screeners for review.

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Running Times:

00m 00s – Intro/Chang Cheh biography & discussion
26m 30s – The Nine Demons review
57m 23s – Chang Cheh biography & discussion continued
69m 57s – The Shanghai Thirteen review

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Taiwan Noir 25: Master Of The Flying Guillotine & The Shaolin Invincibles

Jimmy Wang Yu dones the One Armed Boxer persona again and takes on the blind master of the flying guillotine IN… Master Of The Flying Guillotine. We’ll also be talking about The Shaolin Invincibles, widely known as “the one with the gorillas.”

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Running Times:

00m 00s – Intro/Jimmy Wang Yu biography & discussion
25m 09s – Master Of The Flying Guillotine review
60m 20s – The Shaolin Invincibles review

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Taiwan Noir 24: Mars Men & Superriders Against The Devils

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The Asian film industry of the mid 70s was infused with the spirit of sharing–or, at least, borrowing. And often without permission. One of the results of this was a series of incredibly strange hybrid superhero films that were just as likely to include figures from Thai folklore as they were mad scientists and damsels in distress. In this episode therefore we’ll be discussing two of these pan-Asian franken-films, Mars Men and Superriders Against The Devils.

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Running Times:

00m 00s – Intro/Mars Men background/The story of Sompote Sands
32m 38s – Mars Men review
57m 50s – Kamen Rider & Superriders Against The Devils background
63m 00s – Superriders Against The Devils review

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