I know this is based upon the sort of historical Chinese fiction that is enjoying a mini-renaissance right now through the light novel, I know that Chinese cinema was not designed with a global audience in mind (in spite of the Holy Flame's success), even with all that in mind I think I have found the martial arts cinema subcategory that I don't get on with. Zu Warriors and Encounters of a Spooky Kind both fit in this bonkers world…
Even with it having some of the clunkiest montages scored by the most literal of Bee Gees scores, Melody has been a little forgotten in the near 60 years since its release so credit where it is due to Studio Canal for reintroducing it to the world. British film is in a comatose state as we speak, so just like Waris Hussein inspirational and upliftingly cathartic romantic comedy can be dragged out of the…
A pseudo-slasher that takes an incredibly simple premise and gets a great deal of mileage out of it thanks to a knowledgeable and witty script drenched in the meta. The film cranks up the atmosphere and tension beautifully making the eventual emergence of just some guy or girl (sometimes in a state of undress) gloriously creepy. This finely tuned atmosphere and anticipation is worth a million jump scare predicated horror bores. All of this is topped up with flowing cinematography and brooding score by Disasterpeace. That score - well, they are clearly just showing off, aren't they?
A wrestling stable of mystical disco wizards fight off the power rangers after the wizards insult a samurai by disarming him in a school challenge.
Martial arts cinema generally doesn't make great deal of sense, Chang Cheh and Five Element Ninjas take that to its incredibly campy apex. Nothing like ninjas dressed as trees or head to toe in gold to sell that fact. For this era of martial arts cinema, the action choreography is often stiff and formal -…