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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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Taiwan Noir 14: Challenge Of The Lady Ninja & A Life Of Ninja

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Ninja double bill! Elsa Yeung! Chen Kuan-tai! Taiwan reefer madness! No intro!

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Taiwan Noir 13: Devil Returns & Kill For Love

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It’s important to sometime note that part of the selection process for these episodes are about detailing my (Kenny B that is) own journey through this era of Taiwanese movies, mainly late 70s, early 80s. It’s about the disocvery of directors, performers, movies, classic scenes, iconic moments and about trying to explain my comfort factor watching these movies, moments and performers. That means even the stinkers and the mediocrity deserves a voice. That is our long winded way of saying welcome to Taiwan Noir 13 on Richard Chen’s Devil Returns and Kill For Love with Kenny B and  Tood Stadtman.

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Taiwan Noir 12: The Ghostly Face & Little Hero

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We’re dudes, we love the ladies but we’re also dudes into Hong Kong and Taiwanese cinema and the KICKASS ladies. The ones that could probably take your head off if you don’t behave. Including Polly Shang Kwan, the star of BOTH of the movies we picked for this Taiwan Noir: 1973’s The Ghostly Face and Little Hero from 1978. One of them requires some weed or will make you feel like you smoked up beforehand. You’ll know which once we get to it. Taiwan reefer madness await you with Kenny B and Todd Stadtman.

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Running times:
00m 00s – Intro/Polly Shang Kwan biography/discussion
35m 08s – The Ghostly Face background
45m 13s – The Ghostly Face review
75m 28s – Director Chen Hung-min background/discussion
93m 20s – Little Hero review Read the rest of this entry »

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