The Mastiff wrote: ↑
Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:04 pm
Jim, I've never met anyone as knowledgeable about this as you. It's like having a historian give a tour. Thanks man!
My pleasure, Mastiff! I’ve been enjoying writing this stuff out, even though I wasn’t sure anybody was even reading it.
. Glad to know you’re enjoying it!
These kinds of movies have been a passion of mine since 1978. In the early ‘80s, there were two Asian movie theaters in my area (one Chinese and one Vietnamese-owned) that showed subtitled kung fu films...one of them featured four new ones every week. There was also the old grindhouse theater district, where theaters often had English-dubbed versions of kung fu triple features. Then when I moved to Taiwan in the mid-‘80s, I saw more over there. I also started collecting them, first on VHS and then on DVD. It added up to seeing literally hundreds of these movies.
While I lived in Taiwan, I also got to meet several of the kung fu movie actors at various times, and even got to know a couple of them. I also visited the Chinese Culture and Movie Center in Taipei a couple of times, where the replica period town and outdoor and indoor sets seen in all of the old-school Taiwanese period kung fu films were located. It was Taiwan’s equivalent of Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers Studios. Some of the Shaw Brothers productions were also filmed in Taiwan and used the Movie Center’s sets as well.
However, there are fans out there who are more knowledgeable about this stuff than I am. Some far more knowledgeable. A guy named Toby Russell, for one. Dr. Craig Reid is another. There are others, too. These films have quite a cult following in North America, Europe, and elsewhere outside of Asia. Unfortunately, there are also some fans out there who put out wrong information online, including at least one person who has been considered an ‘authority’ on the subject for decades.