Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Billy Chong, Carl Scott, Louis Neglia, Leung Siu Chung
Director: Wa Yat Wang
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
Carl Scott learns kung fu in less time than anyone in "The M
Mantis Lake | Detroit, MI USA | 03/29/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Li (Billy Chong) plays a Chinese immigrant who comes to America to work on the railroad. Tommy (Carl Scott) plays the son of African settlers who are killed when they refuse to sell their land to some greedy dudes in charge of the railroad. Tommy escapes the slaughter and Li finds him and takes him to a Chinese doctor who is also a kung fu expert. The doctor will not teach Tommy kung fu until Tommy mentions that revenge is his ultimate motive. "Oh, alright then."
This is really a fun movie. Though I loved it, I'm not sure if I can recommend it to fans of old-school. It's a different kind of fu flick. The time mentioned is the old west, but the hair, clothes, and sets are definitely the late 70s. So it's not the costumed old-school flick that most fu fans crave. If you like martial arts films from all periods, then no problem; this belongs on your shelf. It is similar in tone and choreography to the better work of Bruce Li (whom Carl Scott had previously worked with) as the story is silly and the fights occur every 10 seconds or so.
This version from Crash Cinema has good, partially widescreen picture quality, and tolerable English dubbing. It also contains cool, lengthy trailers for "The Master Strikes", "Taoism Drunkard" and "Sting of the Dragon Masters", aka "When Taekwondo Strikes". 3.5
1979. aka: "A Hard Way to Die""
BILLY CHONG SUPER STAR
Karen Shaub | the inner reaches of the outer limits | 02/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the great mysteries in martial arts film is why Billy Chong did not become a superstar of the genre, a question that will certainly perplex any of you who haven't heard of him and decide to check out SUN DRAGON (US title A HARD WAY TO DIE). Filmed in Arizona around 1980 by Eternal Films, SUN DRAGON is simply put a minor classic of the kung fu genre. While it suffers from all the short comings of the typical chop socky flick of that time, it rises above most of the genre by virtue of its two stars, Billy Chong and the nearly as impressive Carl Scott who was literally just a kid at the time.
Chong combines the best of all worlds: the burning intensity of a Bruce Lee, the goofy agility of a Jackie Chan, and the boyish charm of an Alexander Fu Sheng with his own little Indonesian self to produce an exciting new original that started out with a brilliant flash and then apparently just went back to Indonesia where he had been among other things, a pop star. What a loss! Such fighting skills, such screen presence, such a looker! But back to SUN DRAGON, for there is also Carl Scott!
Scott too fell off the face of the cinematic earth after a couple of movies, and I dare you to see THIS ONE and give me one good reason why! His martial arts here are nearly flawless and his bo kata is a real eye opener, he's as good as anyone I've ever seen on this side of the international dateline, and he certainly had no competion from the likes of Jim Kelly or Ron Van Clief.
You say you want to know more about the movie? Well, in many ways its your typical kung fu flick; high spirited boy(Chong) gets in trouble fighting (in this case he rescues a hapless girl from a gang of would-be rapists led by the local magistrate's son) and has to be sent away for his own good. The difference is that in this case he's sent to the United States, or more speicifically, Arizona, to stay with his Grandfather who we never do get to meet in the course of the movie. Instead he gets side-tracked breaking up fights that are bring staged for money at the local Chinese run tavern, and bouncing all the troublemakers out on their keisters.
At the same time we have a second storyline going about a black youth named Tom who barely escape with his life when a group of evil-doers decides that his family's little ranch would be the perfect place to hide out while things cool off from their last job. They kill Tom's parents which naturally means he's going to have to get revenge. Our hero Billy Chong and his newly found friend at the tavern take Tom to the local kung fu master/herbalist who heals Tom's body and as at no additional cost turns him into a lethal killing machine for purposes of extracting revenge.
Oh, there's more, MUCH, MUCH MORE. I haven't even told you about the samurais yet! But I have to leave SOME surprises for you, don't I? In the final analysis there's only one reason you go to martial arts films and that's to see terrific action performed by guys who know how to do it right. So while styles have changed in the way fights are presented, in SUN DRAGON you'll still be able to spot the brilliance of the two stars who should have been more--Billy Chong and Carl Scott!"
Off the charts awesome!!
NickyC | PA | 12/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is probably one of my all-time favorite kung-fu movies.
It is the classic revenge story (set in the west?) with the
incredible talents of Billy Chong and Carl Scott. This movie also features
nutzo NY Karate legend Louis Neglia...
Great acting and training sequences. Phenomal fighting!
Why haven't you ordered this yet?
Bad movie with good fights
morgoth | omaha, NE | 03/14/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the 3 movies that Billy Chong made with Carl Scott. The story is really bad, but luckily the fighting is good. Carl Scott's family gets murdered by thugs, and after getting seriously injured he is found by an old kung fu master who takes care of him. It was really cool to see Leung Siu Chung playing the old master. He is the film's fight choreographer, and is the father of Bruce Leung Siu Lung and Tony Leung Siu Hung. Once Carl Scott trains in kung fu, he goes to get his revenge. Scott gets 3 major fight scenes, and Billy Chong has like 6. While the story is bad, that isn't my main problem with the movie. The villains are where it lacks. The white guy who fights in the final fight is obviously a real fighter, probably a kickboxer, but he doesn't have the screen fighting skills to match his 2 opponents. Billy Chong's movements are so fast, fluid, and crisp, it's hard for anyone to match up with him. And Carl Scott has got some awesome moves himself. Scott is one of the only black actors I know of who was in oldschool kung fu movies. There was Ron Van Clief who was great, Jim Kelly was ok, Dennis Brown was good in Dancing Warrior, but the only guy who can match up to Carl Scott in screen fighting skills would be Eugene Thomas who starred with Alexander Lo rei in a bunch of ninja movies.
If you are Carl Scott and/or a Billy Chong fan, then you will want to take a look at this.
The picture quality on the Crash DVD is decent at best, and the English dub is pretty bad."