After watching the Netflix documentary Iron Fists & Kung-Fu Kicks (recommended by the way) it occurred to me that I really have never delved properly deep with this genre. I loved the Shaw Brothers stuff in the documentary and figure their films will be the best / most influential?
The more out there the better, any films worth looking into for blu-ray, etc. Let me know the obscure and essential here.
I think I’ve found what I need to buy after some research on a relatively quiet night shift.
The Arrow box set of the Shaw Bothers films looks like the real place to start. It’s limited and sold out in a few places but HMV seem to have it. Expensive but it looks worth every penny. Packed full of extras and the movies included all look fantastic.
Dragon Inn is by King Hu (who also made the excellent Touch Of Zen). You can tell it’s from an earlier generation than the Shaw Brothers material, and it is as you say more of a historical story than all out king fu action, but it’s still well worth a watch.
From the classic Kung Fu era, I’d say look out for Five Deadly Venoms, Eight Diagram Pole Fighter and the 36th Chamber Of Shaolin. The Shaw Scope box set @midnightpunk mentions looks amazing. I had one in my hands at work when it came out, but bottled paying that much for it. I think it is still fairly readily available, at least we had one back in the other day.
Less actual Kung-Fu in this Shaw one but it’s practically selling me the box set on its own. There’s a lot of films in the set and the presentation of it and the extras that Arrow always do so well on look amazing - making it worth that price, plus I can only see its value going up. It’s out of stock on the Arrow site.
Convincing myself with coffee to buy this. I’ve gone into nerd unboxing videos which is always a final stage of acceptance you need to buy something. This guy is practically shitting himself handling the thing, and a thing of beauty it looks for sure. What a set.
Just today (and before reading this thread) I learnt that the NES game Kung-Fu was an adaptation of this, for the western release the couldnt use the Jackie Chan likeness (they did in Japan)on the box but the names etc are still the same as in the movie.