Great Double Feature
M. Watkins | 04/12/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is another of the better double features which Ground Zero
has released ...One feature is called "Amazing Masters", and the box incorrectly
states that it is hosted by Carter Wong. This is a 50 minute documentary hosted by Ken Howard [the White Shadow!]-who does a bang up job all things considered. This doc. was not very interesting to me, but it did feature several demonstrations by Carter and a student. I think it was made in France and has a terrible new age soundtrack that would have been better suited for Doctor Who [no offence to the time-lord].
The real GEM on this disc is the movie Shaolin Traitor, which also features the lovey Polly Shang Kwan and Dorris Lung Jun Er. This is a movie with a better than average plot, lots of fights, some wit, a funky martial master (and ex-shaolin priest) named Tien Chi (something like that)- he laughs and cries alternately and is an azz kicking machine to boot. For the price its a steal and a no-brainer for the genre enthusiast.
A must see for Carter Wong fans
morgoth | omaha, NE | 07/02/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"SHAOLIN TRAITOR (1977)-
I read a bad review of this awhile back, so I held off on getting it for years. Maybe it's because I went into it with such low expectations, but I had a blast watching this. Carter Wong plays a super tough dude just like he always does and he is framed for killing a bunch of Shaolin students. There's a warrant out for his arrest, and all tough people in the area are sent to kill him. This leads major Carter Wong a$$ kicking. Carter gives one of his best performances, as does Chang Yi. Polly Kuan and Doris Lung also star. The film has it's flaws, but not many. Carter Wong's "escape" technique is funny. And the way he keeps getting caught with a dead Shaolin student in his hands is funny. The third time he gets caught he actually goes to Shaolin to steal something called a Jade Censor for his master (Chang Yi), but somebody is already stealing it. So he does a super punch to the guy's neck and a bunch of blood comes out and of course now is when the monks show up and catch him again. At this point I was laughing outloud. Just when you think it can't get any worse for Carter, it gets a lot worse. So not only is it a good fighting movie but it also has some good unintentional humor. If you are a Carter Wong fan you need to see this. The story isnt't great or anything, but good for a kung fu flick. My only real problem with the movie is that it didn't seem like any of the fights were really long, except for the first major fight where Carter wong takes on about 50 monks. I needed more fights like that!
Favorite part of the movie- Polly Kuan makes her first appearance and goes up to Carter Wong after Carter had just been attacked 3 different times in 5 minutes and she asks if there's an inn nearby. Carter Wong just ignores her and goes on his way.
I don't know what the picture quality is like on this Groundzero version (it's probably horrible), but I got this movie in the Jet Li's Shaolin Fists Collection, and the picture quality is pretty good."