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Podcast On Fire 281: The Spiritual Boxer & New Fist Of Fury

After proving himself as action director working for Chang Cheh for many years, Lau Kar-Leung took his first steps towards being a legendary kung fu FILMMAKER with his feature debut The Spiritual Boxer from 1975.  Also, producer and director Lo Wei casts young talent Jackie Chan for the sequel to the iconic Bruce Lee Fist Of Fury called New Fist of Fury. Kenny B and Mike Maley review and discuss the films.

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Podcast On Fire 280: Steve Kerridge Interview

Phil G talks to Steve Kerridge who has over 40 years of experience in training and teaching in martial arts, is a Black belt and the founder of Essex Kickboxing Academy. He is also the highly regarded author of many publications on the legend that is Bruce Lee including Legends Of The Dragon and Mandarin Superstar. Steve talks of inspirations for the books and tells the tale of Bruce Lee making The Big Boss and how he picked up the trail of the featured Thai stuntmen in the film.

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Podcast On Fire 173: The Prodigal Son & Fist Of Fury

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We are back, Hong Kong Horror Month is behind us and we’re going from oh so exciting, messed up genre movies to discussing classic Hong Kong cinema and for this episode the selection is two, depending on your view, martial arts classics in the form of 1981’s The Prodigal Son directed by Sammo Hung and starring Yuen Biao and Lam Ching Ying and Lo Wei’s Fist Of Fury from 1972 starring Bruce Lee. With Kenny B is Phil G (Eastern Film Fans) as well as special guests Chris Jones and Martin Wan of SG Action.

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Fist of Legend (1994)

Budding martial artist, Chen Zen (Jet Li) returns to Shanghai after hearing the news that his teacher died. His teacher died in a challenge match against a Japanese Solider, Akutagawa Ryuichi. After returning to the Jing Wu School (which was ran by his teacher) and finding out the whole story from Hou (Chin Siu-Ho), Chen goes to challenge Akutagawa himself.

Upon his arrival at the Japanese School, Chen starts brawling with the students training after they refuse him to see Akutagawa. After single handedly defeating the students, Chen is confronted by Akutagawa and Chen soon defeats him easily. Chen couldn’t believe that his Master would have lost to someone obviously weaker than him, Chen questions that he could have been poisoned.

Chen digs up the body of his master has a doctor perform an autopsy on him. The tests soon show that his master was poisoned. Now Chen must find out who poisoned his master and why…

Chen is also dating a women in this film, to make things worse she is Japanese and Chens family at Jing Wu aren’t happy to see her. His girlfriend, Mitsuko Yamada (Shinobu Nakayama) is the niece of Funakochi Fumio (Yasuaki Kurata). Funakochi is friends with the twisted general Fujita, although he highly against the believes of the general.

Now to the facts, most of you should know this is a remake of Lo Wei’s Fist Of Fury, which starred the fighting legend, Bruce Lee. This time Jet Li has taken the role from Bruce. So who’s better? Bruce or Jet? for some reason I felt that Jet Li’s character had more impact although Bruce created ‘Chen Zen’. Plus adding Yaksuaki Kurata to the movie was a great idea, I really enjoyed his performance, his battle with Jet was fabulous and memorably.

The Action was very hard hitting making use of one feature which isn’t used very often, dislocation. In Jets opening scenes he is fighting off a group of unruly Japanese students. He manages to dislocate, ankles, jaws, shoulders, arms etc. This is very new, I still haven’t seen such films where this is used regularly. Now the battles are great, Jet Li vs. Chin Siu Ho, Jet Li vs. Yaksuaki Kurata & Jet Li vs. Billy Chow!!

Final thoughts. A ground breaking Jet Li flick, although Miramax have been known to for changes the film, with extensive change in the dialogue, the music and I think five minutes have been cut out too. So all I want to see now is the actual Hong Kong Release of Fist of Legend!!!

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