Hapkido AKA Lady Kung Fu
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Angela Mao ("Broken Oath") plays Yu Ying, a Chinese girl studying Hapkido in Japan-occupied Korea with her two brothers, Fan Wei (Action director Sammo Hung, "Knockabout") and Kao Chung (Carter Wong, "Story of the Dragon"). After beating up a group of Japanese bullies, their master (Hapkido ultra-Grandmaster Ji Han Jae) urges the trio to return to Japan-occupied China and open up a dojo, spreading the art as a means of self-discipline and resistance to tyranny, though with a strong emphasis on tolerance. They agree and head home, little dreaming that the Japanese Black Bear Karate school will threaten their peace, patience and, possibly, their lives.
Yeah, the plot is fairly formulaic but the fights are WAY ahead of their time! Not only are the near-constant altercations fast but there are some groovy, legitimate Hapkido moves shown, particularly from Grandmaster Ji in the film's early moments AND in the form of a rare good-guy appearance from the always-impressive Whang In Shik ("Young Master"), standing-by for an early sparring session and one full-on bash later on! The Japanese master (Yamane Turuo, "Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance") also gets to show some sweet Karate maneuvers! I should probably mention that our 3 leads are not too bad either!Read more ›
The story: Three young Chinese masters of hapkido - played by Angela Mao (When Taekwondo Strikes), Carter Wong (Shaolin Traitorous), and Sammo Hung (Magnificent Butcher) - return to China from their tutelage in Korea to open schools of their own, but are quickly caught up in deadly trouble with a Japanese martial arts school run amuck over the local population.
There really isn't more to the plot than that. The occupation of Korea and Manchuria by Japan plays heavily into the plot, giving the film a very nationalistic slant: the Japanese occupiers are all racist troublemakers, and only the equally racist (but justified!) Chinese masters can stop them from abusing the defenseless population. The period setting of the film keeps this in perspective, but there's no denying that the movie's story is simplistic. Similarly, there's little nuance when it comes to the acting, and absolutely no ambiguity between good guys and villains, but this has its own retro charm - fans of ham drama will be rolling.Read more ›
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Mmmm. Angela Mao at her kick butt best. Always looking angry at the world and takes on her enemies full tilt.Published on August 25, 2014 by N. Couch
IT WAS SCRATCHED UPON ARRIVAL . The disc was not sitting on the center peg. It was broken.I did the best i could to view it.Published on March 3, 2013 by Johnny S. Hill
I was looking for this movie at the mall, but when I found it here at Amazon.com, I saved $3 on my purchase. And it is a good movie too. Plays well.Published on September 20, 2011 by net