Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Alexander Lou, Yasuaki Kurata
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
Studio: Tai Seng Entertainment Release Date: 08/29/2006 Run time: 540 minutes
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Great movies, great price, poor packaging
morgoth | omaha, NE | 11/04/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I would give this a 4/5 but it gets a point off becasue they put this thing in a DVD case that should hold 2 DVD's max. All the discs are just stacked right on top of eachother. So I had put them all in individual cd cases. Thanks a lot Tai Seng for trying to ruin my DVD's as quickly as possible. Well anyway, I had to get this thing to see Ninja in the USA and Ninja in the Deadly Trap and I was not dissapointed. I will go aherad and rank these movies because 4 of them are really close.
#1-NINJA HUNTER-Shaolin Student-"Shaolin and Wudang are family, there is no reason for us to fight". Wudang Master-"You said Shaolin before you said Wudang". Ninja Hunter is one of the greatest kung fu moves ever. It has great action, a ton of it, a ton of huge kung fu stars, and it is just so much fun! When you see Jack Long pumping womens breasts to master the Yin-Yang style, you will defintely know what kind of movie you are getting into. Also watch out for zombie kung fu. 4/5
#2-NINJA VS. SHAOLIN GUARDS-this is a non stop kung fu ride. I think there is like 15 or so fight scenes in this and some are pretty long. An evil Shaolin monk(Eagle Han) has decided to help the new government to take over Shaolin. You will see him give one of the greatest martial arts displays ever in the opening sequence. After Han disposes of the old Shaolin Chief, 4 students flee with the Golden Sutra, written by Damo himself and are making for Tibet. Without the Sutra, Eagle Han's plan to fully take over Shaolin will not be complete. On their trip, they literally don't stop fighting for more than 2 minutes at a time. A town of dead people suddenly come alive and fight them. They stay at a place where a ton of coffins are. No other place to stay but of course about 30 people jump out of the coffins for a huge battle. Then of course we have a guy who puts Legalos from Lord of the Rings to shame and is an excellent enemy to say the least. Action director of this movie Robert Tai has a great cameo jumping out of a snowman for a suprise attack. Just look for the tall guy in blue with a blue headband and the biggest nose you have ever seen. Robert Tai is impossible to miss. Not to be missed is a good female high kicker who's big breasts are her secret weapon. Then before the final duel between Eagle Han and Alexander Lo Rei at the end, ninjas show up! They provide another great fight scene and though they are not really explained why they are there, good ninja fights are a welcome addition to any movie. 3.5/5
#3-NINJA IN THE USA-being a huge Lo Rei and Chang Shan fan, I have seen this movie the most times out of any others in the collection and I just can't stop watching the insane action going on with the villian and hero from Shaolin vs. Lama teaming up in this.
Now the movie is decent at best but with Eugene Thomas back as one of Lo Rei's regular screen partners and my favorite kung fu actor ever-Chang Shan, this ends up being very enjoyable. The action is not quite as good overall as Lo Rei's 'Super Ninja', but it is a better movie and has a couple of great brutal matches that compete with any Lo Rei film. Look for the match in the boxing ring where he has to go up against 3 people.
He pulls out a kick that Donnie Yen must have seen.
So the story starts out with a guy named Tiger being released from jail after his ninja killed all of the witnesses. With no witnesses, he is out out of jail but Chang Shan( villian in Shaolin vs. Lama) shows up as a cop and says that he is investigating this case. Next we get a plot that is beyond unbelievable where Lo Rei is getting married and right before he is about to drive off on his honeymoon, a guy who is being chased hides a film cannister in Lo Rei's things. Before Lo Rei can get some lovin from his new wife she sees this film and it is of Tiger doing bad things. It just so happens that Tiger is owed a big debt from Lo Rei and Chang Shan because he saved them in Vietnam when they were little kids so they can't just turn him in. After a couple of bumps in the road in the story Lo Rei's girlfriend is kidnapped and he needs to go and save her. The final fight was surprisingly good and Tiger who is a muscualar white guy played by b movie actor George Nicholas has some good moves. His stunt doubling is done pretty well though the action overall just doesn't live up to most other Lo Rei films. Oh well, I can't really complain since I found another movie with my favorite guy-Chang Shan in it. Only reason that is a big deal to me is because this is only the 7th movie I have seen where he has an actual role! It is a fun movie with action from start to finish and it even rips off 'The Octogan' quite a bit with the whole ninja camp thing at the end. 3.5/5
#4-NINJA IN THE DEADLY TRAP-this is an independent production featuring the 3 most acrobatic venoms-Phillip Kwok, Lu Feng, and Chiang Sheng. These 3 actually studied Taiwanese opera together and set out to find work as actors together also. So it is evry fitting for Kwok's one and only directorial job would feature 2 of his best friends. Also along for the ride is superstar Yusuaki Kuratu, though he only throws down for the final fight. Overall it is a pretty boring movie with some great action sequences. Kwok's entrance at the 40 minute mark is as good as the movie gets though a couple of other fights come close to matching it. Commentary from Ric Myers and Bobby Samuels is somewhat enjoyable. 3.5/5
#5-NINJA VS BRUCE LEE-though the movie doesn't even come close to live up to it's name, it is still watchable, once. I mean they couldn't have put in like 1 ninja? Cameos by a coule big kung fu stars, good action choreography, and a female karate cop who dishes out some of the mvoies best moves helped me get through this entire flick without having to fastforward. 1.5/5
NINJA SV NINJA-this movie is not worth talking about or even giving a ratign for it. It is a spliced job that Godfrey Ho couldn't have messed up this badly. 0/5
All of these movies are full screened though Ninja Hunter comes from a quality print and Ninja in the Deadly Trap's picture quality is above average. Again, it comes in a crappy case that may make you mad that you bought this. But I got this for $[...] brand new and it is still a VERY good deal."