Archive for June, 2015

Jackie Chan + Johnny Knoxville =SkipTrace Trailer!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 16, 2015 by Michael S. Moore

My first thought was: what took them so long? Jackie Chan, one of the greatest stuntmen of all time and Johnny Knoxville, greatest of the amateur stupid idiot stunts guy. Seems like a match made in heaven, and here is the first trailer for their film Skiptrace! It would have been better for them to team up, say 20 years ago, but better late than never!


Cornered Episode 2 “Training Days” is Live!

Posted in Aaron Alexander, Donald Brooks Jr on June 16, 2015 by Michael S. Moore


Here is Episode 2, in which Adam Matrix faces the music with his police chief after losing Helen Bryant, and returns to his kung fu teacher after the beating he faced at the hands of Deveroux’s man Richter…

and for those who are new to Cornered here is Episode 1!

Review: The Dragon’s Snake Fist (1982)

Posted in Dragon Lee, Yuen Qiu with tags , on June 14, 2015 by Michael S. Moore


Starring Dragon Lee, Yuen Qiu, Bruce Lai, Phoenix Kim, Phillip Cheung

Fight Choreography by Simpson Yuen

Directed by Godfrey Ho

(English Dub Version)

Dragon Lee is one more in the line of Bruce Lee clones, a Tae Kwon Do practitioner who was told how much he resembled Bruce, which led to a film career pretending to be Bruce. This film even begins the opening credits with Lalo Schifrin’s Enter The Dragon theme music playing while Dragon gets to show off the film’s titular snake fist style.

The film starts as we meet two kung fu masters about to duel for the right to teach wherever they choose: The Crane Master and The Snake Fist Master. Suffice to say, the Snake Fist Master wins, and maims the Crane master in the process. Fast forward twenty years, and the Snake Fist Master is now sending his best students, including Dragon (Lee) into the world to spread the Snake Fist style. Of course the Crane Master’s son will have none of this, and (somewhat) against his father’s wishes murders the Snake Fist Master and nearly all of his students except for Dragon, the last left. Dragon tries to adhere to his teacher’s wishes for non-violence, but we all know that’s no fun for a kung fu film, so Dragon must destroy the Crane Clan once and for all…

The film moves at a brisk pace, but as a Godfrey Ho film that’s to be expected, so you won’t be bothered to ask any questions about huge plot holes and scenes. One of my unintentional favorites is where the Crane Clan kidnaps Dragon’s fiancé, and the very next scene show Dragon kidnapping the daughter of the Crane Master, and the very next scene after that cuts to the Crane Master going “Damn it!”. Just the way the scenes are edited together are so nonsensical that it’s actually funny. Dragon Lee does a decent job, but would have been better if he had left the “Bruceisms” behind. What mannerisms of Bruce he did use were really funny in places. There is also the matter that in the middle of the film, with no warning, comes the Sam Elliott of kung fu masters, handlebar mustache and all!  I also loved the death of the Crane Master’s cook as it starts with the Crane Master looking at the cook and revealing a set of acupuncture needles as if to say “you see this, bitch?” then after the camera cuts back and forth right out of a soap opera he kills his cook…for doing nothing more than kinda-sorta revealing what happened to his leg 20 years ago! It’s also great to see Yuen Qiu as the Crane Master’s daughter (you probably know her best as the Landlady from Kung Fu Hustle!)


The fights here are fast paced and really well done. Simpson Yuen (not sure if he’s related to the famous Yuen family, but maybe.) paces each fight really well, and brings different parameters to each one enough to make them interesting. The fight between Dragon and Kung Fu Sam Elliott is really good, as is the odd fight versus a fire breather. There are also some really good finishing moves, like the poor bastard who gets an epic kick to the balls from behind that just-never-seems-to-end. There’s not a boring fight in the film.

Watch both the English Dub version and the Chinese language version. The English Dub is something…special.

Kiai-Kick’s Grade: 8

This is a film straight from the old school that has ferocious kung fu action and rolls like a freight train toward its bloody finale!

This movie will be available June 15th on DVD from Terracotta Distribution!

Jonesing for some old school Kung Fu action? Terracotta Distribution has your fix!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 3, 2015 by Michael S. Moore

Shanghai 13

Folks, this is sweet relief for me! While I’m tickled to have Wellgousa knocking new films out of the park, I still want to see some old school stuff return, from the way back that aren’t necessarily Shaw Brothers (but yes, them too) but still have stars like Alexander Fu Sheng, Chang Cheh, and David Chiang, Ti Lung and others. Terracotta Distribution in the UK has us covered! They’ve started a Classic Kung Fu Collection and so far has three films out. Let’s take a look at them, eh?


Hero Of Shaolin

( I love the crazy dubbing here! I hope both cantonese and english dub versions are offered! )

Shanghai 13


And their last release:

The King of Fists & Dollars

Only the Iron Fist King can overthrow an evil empire…

A greedy tyrant rules with relentless aggression. What he can’t buy, he takes by force.The desperate townspeople seek local kung fu master, the Iron Fist King, for help. Backed by his top students, the master takes on the warlord’s formidable hired fighter to rid the community of this powerful bully once and for all, in a brutal battle to the death!


David CHIANG (The Shanghai Thirteen, Shaolin Temple, Vengeance, Blood Brothers)

Danny LEE (The Shanghai Thirteen, The Killer)

Pearl CHEUNG Ling (The Invincible Swordswoman)

Michael Chan Wai Man (Gangster Pay Day, Gallants)

Their next release is Dragon’s Snake Fist on June 15th! I’ll have a review of it before then, and any other kung fu releases from Terracotta. So where can you purchase these films? You can go right here, and yes, they ship worldwide!

Kiai-Kick Films Presents Cornered Episode 1 ” Nowhere to Run”!

Posted in Aaron Alexander, Bobby Hernandez, Donald Brooks, Michael Moore with tags , on June 2, 2015 by Michael S. Moore

Cornered logo

Finally I can present to all of you episode 1 of Cornered, written, directed and edited by yours truly! I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did putting it all together with a talented group of actors and crew members! New episodes will debut every other Tuesday! Let me know what you think in the comments!