Like most kids who grew up in the UHF era of television, I saw more than my fair share of cheap-to-license movies on the UHF channels (Detroit TV 20 and TV 50). While this included a lot of stuff like “The Bowery Boys” films (dude! There were 48 of these!) and the Bob Hope/Bing Crosby “Road” films, there were a lot of movies imported from Japan and China that were horribly/comically dubbed (usually by only three voice actors: tenor man, bass man, and female woman) and they had one of two general themes: People wearing monster/robot costumes (Godzilla, Ultraman, Johnny Sokko and his Giant Robot) or Kung Fu.
The Kung Fu movies of the 1960’s were responsible for a huge number of the tropes we now associate with the movies… punches that sound like two 2x4s being slapped together, two guys arguing about who has stronger Kung Fu, and, of course, the whole thing where absolutely everybody in any given place happens to be pretty well trained.
Well, in recent years, the movies I’ve enjoyed the most are both by Stephen Chow. Shaolin Soccer (which really isn’t *THAT* much of a soccer movie… it’s more of a universe that is aware that soccer exists) and Kung Fu Hustle which is more of a Jackie Chan/Bugs Bunny/Bowery Boys movie that has Kung Fu in it. (Both movies are about as highly recommended as I can recommend.)
Well, I just today learned that Stephen Chow has a Journey To The West film! It’s called Journey To The West – Conquering The Demons and, apparently, is the biggest movie to have come out in China in 2013 (like, bigger than Transformers: Dark Side Of The Moon) *AND* it’s reviews are even better than Shalin Soccer’s *AND* Kung Fu Hustle’s.
So I’m putting in an Amazon order for that.
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