Tuesday, January 07, 2014

King of Kung Fu

As a lifetime devotee of martial arts movies (the sillier the better) I was saddened to read of the passing of film producer, Sir Run Run Shaw in Hong Kong, aged 107 (wow!).  He pioneered the kung fu movie genre and arguably did more to popularize Asian martial arts than anyone else on the planet. Back in the early 70s I watched "King Boxer" ("Five Fingers of Death" in the USA) with rapt attention and have pretty much devoured all fu-flicks ever since. His early offerings, pre-special effects graphics, were cheesey and stylized by today's standards but nevertheless immensely entertaining.  This video clip from King Boxer features some awesome badassery that remains to be equalled.

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