Tuesday, 9 April 2019

The Event That Changed Everything

From Victim to Victor: "Take the journey with Marvin as he is instructed in the KT3 system. Learn as Master Wong guides him through the basics and on through the four pillars of his lethal style of Kung Fu Tactics 3. A style that will guide not only Marvin but you yourself to become more than you ever thought possible!

Master Wong is known for his popularity on YouTube as one of the most recognised Martial Artists online. With almost 2,250,000 subscribers and 260,915,456 viewers on his channel, Master Wong is the most honest and direct Master you’ll ever come across. Known for being brutally honest and funny, he’s shown the world that being fearlessly authentic brings home the most loyal fans."

"Master Wong never had an easy life through childhood. Being bullied from and a young age till his late teens, Master Wong has overcome this problem by changing his mindset which you'll read in this book."

“For a character driven story, I loved it!. You’re immediately drawn into the worlds of the people portrayed, This is a look at people in extraordinary circumstances and how they behave, plus the sometimes hard choices they have to make in the friendships and relationships that prevail. The characters we meet and their stories are set incredibly well. The book is very savvy in the way it portrays how the Martial Arts systems of today can assist in the World of the Anti Bullying story telling. The characters, their interactions and what happens to them brings a visceral realism. I highly recommend this book!" - Master Ermar ‘Alex’ Alexander, 6x World Champion Stick Fighter.

How to defend yourself from a bully | Self Defense Techniques #1

TF: What is the single best tip you would give someone who wants to better protect themselves in public?
MW: Know yourself, know your enemy, know your ability, and know your surroundings. Then you’ll have a better chance of survival in the streets.

TF: What do you think is the most common misconception people have about martial arts?

MW: They watch too many movies. All the fancy movements don’t work in the real world. There is a time and a place for specific techniques to be effective. The basic rule, in my opinion, is surprise, speed, and action.

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Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Blood Money

(American title: The Stranger and the Gunfighter)

Al Tung as Wang checks the tattoo of his Russian mistress (Betty Sheppard)

Written by Barth Jules Sussman and Miguel de Echarri

Directed by Antonio Margheriti, 1974

Blood Money is a kung fu Spaghetti Western comedy film produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio in collaboration with an Italian company, and filmed on location in Hong Kong and Spain.

Lo Lieh as Ho Chiang

Half Spaghetti Western and half chop socky

Gunfighter Dakota (Lee Van Cleef) arrives in the town of Monterey, a town in the American Southwest, seeking the fortune of Mr Wang (Tung-Kua Ai). "Blowing open the four safes in the bank, he discovers nothing more than photos of women in all four of them. But Mr Wang walks in on the fourth explosion and is killed. Dakota is charged with the murder of Wang and sentenced to hang. Back in China, warlords are furious to learn that the money they entrusted to Mr Wang's to invest in America is missing and send forth a young warrior (and Wang's nephew), in search of it. Meanwhile, his family is being held hostage by a powerful warlord back in China until he returns with his uncle's fortune.

Wang Ho Kian arrives in time for the hanging and saves Van Cleef from the noose. Together, the two form a friendship and set off in pursuit of the late Mr Wang's bounty. The Chinese stranger and the gunfighter soon find out that the tattooed bottoms of four ladies are the key to the secret treasure.  Utilising the acting talents (and one or two other features) of various lovely ladies - and a plot device used in Dick Emery's 1972 film Ooh...You Are Awful (namely that the tattoos on four women's backsides hold the key to a fortune) - the film shows that while the golden age of Spaghetti Westerns was beginning to come to an end, the industry could still produce little gems like this. 

Blood Money is a Spaghetti Western with a nice touch of comedy and action. The characters are quite funny, especially the main villain, a psychopathic religious fundamentalist gunfighter and preacher who comes to different towns to "preach the word of God" and and shoot those whom he arbitrarily considers to be sinners. (IMDb). He is accompanied by a strong native American ringfighter.

Patty Shepard - Russian mistress & her twin-sister
Femi Benussi - Italian mistress
Karen Yeh - Chinese mistress
Erika Blanc - American mistress

Patty Sheppard as the Russian mistress


Patty Sheppard as the Russian mistress

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Death Walks in Laredo

(Italian: Tre pistole contro Cesare, aka Three Golden Boys and The Pistol, The Karate and The Eye)

A Super Ace Italian spaghetti western film directed by Enzo Peri and shot in Algeria in 1967. It is also influenced by the Sword-and-sandal film genre.

"A gunman teams up with his long-lost brothers - a French hypnotist and a Japanese kung-fu expert - to fight a villain who is obsessed with Roman emperor Julius Caesar, to the point of having built a palace, complete with slave girls, a huge sunken bath and his own 'Praetorian Guard.', and who is trying to cheat them out of a gold mine left to them by their father." (IMDb).

"The bad guy is named Julius Caesar Fuller, wears togas, stocks his palace bath with concubines, and commands dozens of henchmen clad in black. A lost episode of the Batman TV show? No, a bizarre spaghetti western. One of our three heroes is American, carries an array of trick guns, and never misses a shot. The second is Japanese and practices kung fu. The third is French and has magical magnetic powers. The three discover soon that they are half-brothers." (IMDb).

'Weird but wonderful - a unique Euro-western experience' - Review by marc-3668, September 2005

Now, there are many euro-westerns that would fit into the "weird" category, but woh this one is weirder than most!

The story starts with Whity Selby (Thomas Hunter) being confronted by a solicitor whilst leaving a saloon (inside which he has just thwarted an attack by killing all three opponents with one blast of his four-barrelled pistol - one of many gimmicky weapons in his arsenal.

The solicitor advises Selby that his father, who had died ten years ago and he had never met, had left him his goldmine as part of a will. The document is accompanied by a picture of a young girl. Selby travels to Laredo to reclaim his father's legacy, and to identify the identity of the girl.

On arriving at the goldmine, Selby encounters two men on a similar mission - Etienne Devereaux (Nadir Moretti), a man of french origin with magical powers of magnetism (honestly!) and Lester Kato (James Shigeta), a kung-fu kicking oriental. As the three men fight it out for what they consider rightfully theirs, they are accosted by an old local man, and it soon becomes clear from the ensuing discussions and matching wills/photos that the three are unlikely brothers. Their father enjoyed the company of women, and many of them!

The men are informed that their father fought bitterly to retain his land, but had been forced out of Laredo by powerful landowner "Julius Caesar" Fuller (Enrico Maria Salerno) - a man obsessed by the history of the great roman leader, likening him to the power that he himself possesses. Fuller is quite possibly the strangest character of all the euro-westerns that I have seen - he lives in a replica palace, has a penchant for young girls, surrounded by scantily clad ladies from around the world as his lolls about in his toga. He is guarded by a gang of pistoleros all clad in black (reminiscent of the equally bizarre Django Kill which, incidentally, I believe this film predates).

All in all Death Walks in Laredo makes for quite compulsive viewing! Not just because of its unique and bizarre take on the genre, but also for its interesting story with its subtle twists and turns. Thomas Hunter is pretty convincing in the main character role, but not as enjoyable as Salerno, who hams his Caesar role in a style reminiscent of Jack Nicholson.

There are also some moments of great humour - with some priceless dialogue as the old man explains why it has taken ten years for the wills to reach the brothers. The confrontation between the two ladies is also very pleasing on my male eyes!

Can I recommend this? Well, of course! But there is probably as much a chance of you hating it as loving it. Personally, I had a love in.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Secret Scrolls of Samurai and Ninja!

Flying Monk talks with Antony Cummins

Natori Ryu Ninjutsu Explained

The Deepest Secrets of Ninjutsu You really do not want them!

Sunday, 24 March 2019

采薇 Cai Wei

文化中国 四海同春-采薇(舞蹈)(新西兰基督城)

Classical dance of Han Chinese featuring dancers from China National Opera & Dance Drama Theatre (aka Wuhan Conservatory of Music, Dance department). This dance is beautiful and dolce.

采薇 Cai Wei

昔我往矣, When I left here,
杨柳依依。 Willow shed tear.

今我来思, I came back now,
雨雪霏霏。 Snow bends the bough.

行道迟迟, Long, long the way, hard, hard the day.
载饥载渴。 Hunger and thirst, press me the worst.

我心伤悲, My grief overflows.
莫知我哀。 Who knows, Who knows.

Lyrics are from Book of Odes. Translation by Xu Yuanchong.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Wishing Well

Black Sabbath (with Ronnie James Dio), 1980

Throw me a penny and I'll make you a dream
You find that life's not always what it seems, no no
Then think of a rainbow and I'll make it come real
Roll me, I'm a never ending wheel
I'll give you a star
So you know just where you are
Don't you know that I might be
Your wishing well
Your wishing well
Look in the water, tell me what do you see
Reflections of the love you give to me
Love isn't money, it's not something you buy
So let me fill myself with tears you cry, why?
Time is a never ending journey
Love is a never ending smile
Give me a sign to build a dream on
Dream on...
Yeah, Throw me a penny and I'll make you a dream
You find that life's not always what it seems, no no
Love isn't money, it's not something you buy
So let me fill myself with tears you cry
I'll give you a star
So you know just where you are
Someday, some way, you'll feel the things I say
Dream for a while
Of the things that make you smile
'Cause you know
Don't you know
Oh, you know
That I'm your wishing well
Your wishing well
Your wishing well
I wish you well
I'm your wishing well