Friday, December 11, 2009
Poison Clan just plain ROCKS
The Five Deadly Venoms (1978) was at the time, and how huge it would become in the US in later years. we were just two kids enjoying a good movie with an unique story.
no revenge motive, no tournament to determine who is the best martial artist in the martial arts world, more of a making amends for what the Poison Clan has wreaked upon the world in the past (something very much missing from Tarantino's passably entertaining Kill Bill movies). the dying teacher sends his last student out to do just that, with the help of some of the other clan members.
there's a new DVD out by Dragon Dynasty, which is awesome. it has both Mandarin and English language tracks, and a commentary by Bey Logan which is very fun to listen to. this DVD should replace the original one (of dubious legality and far worse quality) as soon as you see it in the store.
sentai Jûken Sentai Gekiranger (2007) paid homage to this movie, and many other martial arts films and actors as well. the other influences, such as on rappers are far out of my milieu, so go look 'em up yourselves.
who knew we'd get such wonderful presentations of these classic Shaw Brothers movies? still, I wouldn't trade watching this for the first time, full screen, mono with a slightly faded picture for anything in the world.