Thursday, 2 August 2007

Legendary Weapons of China (1982)

Chinese title: 18 Types of Martial Skills (十八般武藝).

The Liu's "brothers" (Liu Chia-Liang, and Liu Chia-Hui) once again teamed up for another kungfu flick.

This movie is slightly unusual for the 2 sworn brothers cooperation. Usually Chia-Hui was the one who spent more time in front of the camera, while Chia-Liang doing the shooting behind the camera. In this 1, Chia-Liang was having more screen time, while Chia-Hui played an almost cameo role.

The Chinese title for this film is "18 Types of Martial Skills". These 18 martial skills associate with 18 different weapons. The final duel involves the uses of the 18 different weapons.

It isn't hard to see that the fight between Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon was inspired by this movie as Michelle Yeoh pulls out different weapons from the racks as it does in this movie.

If you think Dirty Ho got some weird stuff, check this 1 out. The Taoist 'magic' are way out there. The interesting note is that the Boxer Gang was real, as are their supernatural beliefs. But as it's explained in the movie, it's nothing but staged parlour tricks.

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