A double feature of martial arts madness, featuring Tai Chi Zero and Tai Chi Hero. Also includes a semi-spoiler review of The Wolverine, and Eric’s latest song, The Silk Road. This episode is brought to you by Horny Heads.
Ninjas on motorcycles are making it unsafe for martial arts rock bands! Join us as we laugh and kick our way through the 1987 howler The Miami Connection. Korean taekwondo master Y.K Kim directs and leads a no-star cast of shirtless friends against the ninjas of central Florida. The state and the world may never be the same. This episode is brought to you by Orpens.
Cavebabble combines forces with TC Kirkham and Kim Brown, hosts of Subject: Cinema, for our first crossover show! A few weeks back, the hosts of both shows shared lists of terrible films for the others to be subjected to. Tonight, we discuss the first four films from those lists: Deadly Duo, The Impossible Kid, Birdemic: Shock and Awe, and Kung Fu Arts. It’s the first meeting of our podcast minds, but not the last. Look for our next crossover show in August!
We continue to prepare for our crossover episodes with Subject: Cinema by watching the kung fu “epic” Deadly Duo. As usual, the titles of these Chinese martial arts movies often have little to do with the actual plot. By the end, I still wasn’t sure which characters were the deadly duo, since for the most part there were at least four characters being randomly attacked throughout the movie. I can verify they were deadly, though, so at least half the title is true.
Every now and then, a film comes along which hits you just right, at the right time, in the right way. For me, Jade Warrior is one of these films. Beautifully lensed by director Annila, this movie steps beyond its paltry Netflix description, which claims it is about a modern-day man being whisked back to a previous life in ancient China in order to battle a horrific demon. Certainly, there are elements of this in the story, but the bones of the tale is the Finnish epic poem, The Kalevala, and the link between it and an ancient Chinese legend. The story turns around a smith, who creates a small machine-box called the Sampo, which is considered a source of happiness. Only the smith’s touch sets the machine in motion, opening the box and exposing its contents. In the Chinese legend, a demon steals the Sampo. The smith’s dealings with the demon, both in ancient China, and reincarnated in modern Finland, are at the crux of this film. It’s also a tale of love, loss, mystery, and a fair amount of martial arts. Don’t look for all-out action, though- this is form and grace over frenzy. And highly recommended. Time for Eric to look up a few more Finnish films. Grade: B+