Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Mystery Movies Solved! The Kung Fu Edition



In the past couple of years we've identified a number of martial arts movies that played in the U.S. under alternate titles, including LADY LEE'S REVENGE, BLACK BELT ANGELS, REVOLT OF KUNG FU LEE, KUNG FU COPS, KUNG FU KIDS and the legendary DRAG-ON TOKER: KUNG FU SMOKER. Here are 10 more that we've recently ID'd...

WHEN DRAGONS COLLIDE first surfaced on the kung fu track in 1983 from Elmark General Film Corp., a short-lived company headed by jazz pianist J. LaMont Johnson, who also ran Twin World (BARN OF THE NAKED DEAD) and Artisan Releasing (THUNDERFIST, DON'T LEAVE GO MY HAND). We couldn't figure this one out, so we asked for help on Facebook and -- within minutes -- the combined efforts of Kristopher J. Law, Brian Bankston, and John Grace produced the answer: TOU DU KE (1973) a.k.a. THE RENDEZVOUS OF WARRIORS, directed by Jimmy Shaw Fung and starring Ying Bai and Betty Ting Pei. Thanks, guys!

(Top: Orlando - November 18, 1983; Below: New York - March 16, 1984)


Next, a correction to the Internet Movie Database...


FISTFUL OF THE DRAGON is credited as an alternate title for FISTS OF FURY PART II, but it's actually FIST OF FURY III -- which the IMDb claims is a 1979 film, but here it is in Louisville on December 23, 1978...


Moving on to a double bill in Philadelphia on March 5, 1982...


LEE VS. THE BROWN BOMBER is LAO TOU QUAN TOU DA MAN TOU (1979) a.k.a. AGAINST RASCALS WITH KUNG FU. The second feature, FINGER OF IRON, is TIE TOU TIE ZHI TIE BU SHAN (1977) a.k.a. SHAOLIN IRON FINGER, RENEGADE MASTER and IRON HEAD, IRON FINGER, IRON CLOTH.


WIZARD OF KUNG FU is a Filipino movie called THE BLOOD HERO (1975)


DRAGON'S TWIN BROTHER is PI LI LONG QUAN (1978) a.k.a. MY NAME CALLED BRUCE. The ad above is from the Tallahassee opening on December 12, 1980.


KUNG FU MYSTERY KICKER is ZA MA (1978) a.k.a. MYSTERIOUS FOOTWORKS OF KUNG FU


BRUCE VS. THE RED-EYED MONSTER, which started playing the U.S. kung fu circuit in 1981, is GUAI QUAN GUAI ZHAO GUAI SHI ZHUAN (1978) a.k.a. BOXING WIZARD a.k.a. DRUNKEN MASTER STRIKES BACK a.k.a. IRON FIST BOXER (Above: Ft. Myers, Florida - February 5, 1982).


SHAOLIN DOUBLE DEMON is the supernatural horror/kung fu hybrid SHAO LIN SI CHUAN QI (1981) a.k.a. ABBOT WHITE


Lastly, MASTER OF VIOLENCE is HONG YI LA MA (1978) a.k.a. RED CLOTHES LAMA a.k.a. SHAOLIN RED MASTER a.k.a. SHAOLIN TOUGH KID

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Mystery Movie Solved! THE BODY (1975-1980)



About a year and a half ago we put up a Mystery Movie post about THE BODY, an Independent Artists release from 1981 that we could find no additional information about. Some people wrote in and suggested that it was the Lugi Scattini erotic thriller I CORPO/THE BODY (1974), while John Charles of Video Watchdog smartly theorized that, given that graphic and a tag line hinting at a metamorphosis of some kind, it could be a reissue of León Klimovsky’s sci-fi gender-bender I HATE MY BODY (1974). Wellllll, just last week our friend Bill Van Ryn of Groovy Doom, "The ghastly home of horror fanzine Drive-In Asylum," sent us the newspaper ad below...


Miami - December 12, 1980

...which confirms that it is indeed a re-release of IL CORPO/THE BODY, starring Carroll (not Carol) Baker, Leonard Mann, Zeudi Araya and Enrico Maria Salerno. Thanks to the 1978 edition of John Willis' Screen World (Volume 29), we were under the impression that THE BODY was first released in the U.S. in April of 1977...


...but the ad above, which tries to sell it as a blaxploitation female empowerment actioner (like the second feature), is from Newport News, Virginia on November 27, 1975.


(Above) THE BODY in Boston on April 27, 1977, with CLEOPATRA JONES AND THE CASINO OF GOLD as the second feature. (Below) Here it is again, this time in Hartford, Connecticut on May 6, 1977.