Monday, August 2, 2010

Martial Art Monday (8/2/10)

This week I'm gonna go old school and recommend:

The Prodigal Son (1981) - Yuen Biao is one of most underrated actors ever. Overshadowed by his brothers of the opera troupe, Biao always played minor roles alongside childhood companions Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung. Despite being the most acrobatic star to come out of the famous troupe, had little success as a solo act. Yuen Biao is one of my favorite Kung Fu actors of all time, although much of the spotlight is shared with others such as Sammo Hung and Lam Ching Ying. (The Taoist Master Priest from the movie Mr. Vampire on my Top 10 Favorite Horrors list)

I think the spotlight was stolen by this man
 Lam Ching Ying shows off some martial art skills in this movie and Frankie Chan as the villain was second to none. The epic match between these two, ultimately leading to a bloody showdown between Yuen Biao and Frankie, makes this one of my favorite Kung Fu flicks. This movie is one of the faster paced martial arts movies (compared to the older, slow fighting kung fu movies) and showcases Wing Chun, the style that Bruce Lee first learned and accredits for his speed.

The man himself