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Archive for the ‘Retro Review’ Category

Retro Review: THE STREET FIGHTER (1974)


Why hasn’t The Street Fighter (1974) gotten a decent DVD/Blu-Ray release yet? You would have thought that after Sonny Chiba’s appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill that some entrepreneurial DVD company would have gotten the rights and put out a special edition DVD to coincide with that two-part film’s release. But so far, no dice. A quick check of and Yesasia suggests that two of the budget-priced versions I own are out of print, save a pretty good one that’s bundled with The Return of the Street Fighter and listed for the low, low price of $3.95!

As with Swordsman (1990), The Street Fighter was one of the earliest reviews I wrote for this site, and I think the style (or lack thereof) probably shows. What the review lacks in serious critical examination of cinematic technique, it more than makes up for in unbridled enthusiasm and largely tongue-in-cheek attempts at humor. If you’ve never seen The Street Fighter, please do yourself a favor and check it out for yourself. It’s not that hard to get a hold of the flick, and it makes for a fun evening’s viewing with the right crowd. Sometimes, watching “cult classics” that you’ve always heard about, but never watched doesn’t always pan out the way you’d hope, but, for me, The Street Fighter is definitely a rewarding Grindhouse experience — lots of laughs, lots of flinching at violent acts, a rockin’ soundtrack, and plenty of WTF? moments. I’m not even kidding when I say you will see things in The Street Fighter that you’ve NEVER seen in an action movie before.

Check out my old review here, if you’re interested. Here’s a trailer to whet your appetite:


Retro Review: SWORDSMAN (1990)

 Swordsman Sam Hui

To increase the daily content for this blog, I’ve decided to start digging back into the archive and occasionally spotlighting one of the 300+ reviews I’ve written for the site thus far. Some of the movies that will be featured in “Retro Review” will be golden oldies, others could be classified as unappreciated gems, and still others will likely rank as unadulterated crap.

This first installment of Retro Review will be spotlighting — what else? — the very first review I ever wrote for — the Tsui Hark-produced 1990 film, Swordsman. When Kozo was looking for new reviewers way back in 2002, I contacted him expressing interest, and this review was my “try-out” for the site. Apparently, I passed the audition. Whatever its merits, in this early review, you can read not only my unbridled enthusiasm for Hong Kong cinema, but my initial interest in packing in as much detail and trivia as humanly possible.

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