Tuesday, June 27, 2006

"It reminds me of the hate"

Emory's latest film kick (after last month's Godzilla-fest) is Shaw Brothers kung-fu films from the 70's and early 80's. Frankly, I'm amazed how entertaining many of them are. The other day we watched Lady Assassin, the last shot of which features our titular heroine cutting the main bad guy straight down the middle, and she strikes a lovely posed as she's framed by the two halves of the guy's body splitting before her. Then there's a freez frame and "The End" comes up on screen. It's AWESOME.

That ending is the best, but the funniest was Executioners from Shaolin, where there was a freeze frame in the middle of the last fight, and a caption came up assuring us that yes, our hero did eventually best his enemy with his superior kung fu.

And while some of these films are beautifully coreographed, none of the ones we've seen yet can possibly compare to the final sequence of The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter, in which Gordon Liu throws down with like a hundred dudes armed only with his trusty pole. Seriously, it is one of the best action sequences I have ever beheld. Here's a little sample of what Emory and I were yelling throughout the twenty-minute sequence. "Oh my God! OH MY GOD! OH DAMN! HE IS SHOOTING BAMBOO POLES STRAIGHT THROUGH DUDES! Oh, man! Oh shit. Oh, that guy's teeth! Holy shit! HOLY SHIT! Right through that guy! And that OTHER guy! Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. HOLY SHIT! Oh no watch out! Watch out, Gordon Liu! They got him! Wait, no he's okay! Now they are going to taste the pole! They are LITERALLY going to taste the pole! Oh damn! Awesome! HOLY SHIT!"

And on and on and on. It behooves you to see this movie, or at least the last action scene. The rest of the movie makes almost no sense.

I can also say that I catch a good amount of the references in Kill Bill now.


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