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Podcast On Fire 141: Easily Amused

From the sharp mind of Master Stoo:

I’m  spinning the podcast in a different direction for episode 141! Kevin Smith always encourages people to sit down with people that they find interesting and record a podcast. So I dialed up my best man Andy Walker and our discussion spirals out of control as a consequence! Hear our tangents on George Lucas, Scooby Doo, wresting, Fred Willard, spoilers of Dark Knight Rises (don’t worry, I’ve reversed the audio) and more. If you fear the lack of Asian cinema discussion, don’t worry. We discuss several Jet Li movies ranging from Fearless (a discussion that you won’t hear anywhere else) to Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate (in 3-DEE!), the upcoming remake of Young and Dangerous  and brief chatters on Triad and Thieves (what DO you call Korean triads?).

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Fist Of Legend (1994)

Genre: Martial Arts/Historical

Cast: Jet Li, Chin Sui-Ho, Shinobu Nakayama

For those of you who aren’t in the know about this already. I shall tell you. Fist of Legend is a politically correct remake of Fist of Fury. Only main difference being that some of the Japanese characters aren’t evil and there is a bit more of a story to it. Read the rest of this entry »

Cine-Asia DVD/BR Release Details!

Finally the UK Audience can get rid of thier Miramax DVDs of “Jet Li’s Fist of Legend” and look forward to the DVD/Blu Ray release Gordon Chans (not YPW) Fist of Legend.

Cine-Asia are releasing the movie via their partnership with Dragon Dynasty, so the specials are identical to the US Region 1 release, although the UK release does come with better cover art and BLU RAY!

Fist Of Legend (cert. tbc) will be released on DVD (£17.99) and Blu-ray (£24.99) by Cine Asia on22nd March 2010.

Special Features include:

Audio commentary by Hong Kong Cinema expert Bey Logan; ‘The Man Behind The Legend’ – an exclusive interview with director Gordon Chan; ‘Brothers In Arms’ – an exclusive interview with kung fu impresario Chin Siu-ho; ‘The Way Of The Warrior’ – an exclusive interview with Japanese action legend Kurata Yasuaki; ‘The School Of Hard Knocks’ – a screen fighting seminar at the celebrated Kurata Action School; a look at ‘Fist Of Legend’ with director Brett Ratner and critic Elvis Mitchell; deleted scenes gallery; trailer gallery; DTS HD MA English 5.1 audio (Blu-ray); Dolby Digital Cantonese 2.0 Stereo, Mandarin 2.0 Stereo and English 5.1 audio options (DVD); optional English subtitles.

DD/CA: Fist of Legend art (+ Future CA Release)

FistofLegendwebWe spoke about this a few weeks back the partnership between Dragon Dynasty & Cine-Asia and this is the first sign that the wheels are in motion. The artwork for Fist of Legend: 2 Disc Ultimate Edition seems to be first on the cards. We don’t have any idea on what special features it will have, maybe it will have the same features from the Dragon Dynasty release.

When looking for details about the release on Cine-Asia website, I noticed that Cine-Asia have got the rights and are planning on releasing; Connected (Louis Koo), The Raging Phoenix (the next movie from Chocolate star Jeeja Yanin) and The Vanquisher, Vanquisher was brought to our attention upon Mike Banners discussion on POF56.

With these releases lined up, it’s easy to say that Cine-Asia really is the leading company when it comes to releasing Asian Cinema WORLDWIDE!

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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