Tomas Tang's English dubbed version: Hong Kong, 1983
BLOW YOUR MIND FOR A PENNY!!!
Unless television has ruined your short term memory completely you'll remember I bought a DVD from Amazon UK for 1 pence a fortnight ago. I remember Fred "Ninjadixon" Anderson asked me if it were a good movie. I suspect he thought it would probably be the worst crap ever. I mean how can you get a good or even decent movie for one lousy stinking penny!?!? I must admit I kinda had the same worry, I mean, come on, ONE PENNY for crying out loud! Well, the movie is FIREFIST OF INCREDIBLE DRAGON (South Korea, 1982/Hong Kong, 1983), I watched it last night and... let me try and put this into perspective... one of the wildest and most insane films I usually bring up when the debate is on, well, wild and insane movies, is WOLF DEVIL WOMAN. Most fans of worldweird cinema will tell you that film is a bat-shit crazy movie. Try and listen carefully to what I'm going to say now, I'll try and write it as slowly and carefully pronounced as I can... "FIREFIST" IS "WOLF DEVIL WOMAN"... AND THEN DOUBLE UP!!!!!! ARRRGGGHHHH!!!!!!
This is without a doubt the most wild, insane, crazy, fucked up, messed up, mindblowing piece of worldweird cinema I've eve seen!!! This film has EVERYTHING!!! Dead corpses, ghosts, flying ghosts, nudity, zombies, bad kung fu, a zombie doing bad kung fu, sleaze, gore, people pissing their pants, the window scene from SUSPERIA totally ripped off!!!, music from spaghetti westerns, bloody bath water, and tons more! The only thing you won't find is a flying head... BUT IT HAS A FLYING HEART THAT KILLS PEOPLE!!!!!
That one penny is the best penny I've ever spent!!! My good buddy Ingolf (who once was part of the Copenhagen gang but now resides in the fjells of Norway) tells me this version is even only a short version and there is a longer French print (only on VHS I think/EDIT: there's also a French DVD). Needless to say I tried to located that version immediately after finishing the mindblowing experience but alas to no avail. Apparently the French version is even letterboxed. The print states Jimmy Tseng is the director but I haven't been able to find any info on the film and I don't trust the fucken IMDb at all as most of that info is written by drunken Mongolian monkeys - on medication. The UK disc is serviceable but not great: fullscreen, English dub, and the picture looks like ass! (kinda like if it were taped off an outskirt TV signal). And there are scenes covered in a weird blue light, I couldn't even tell if it were MEANT to be that way or if the print just went from crappy to even more crappy - BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER!!! Somehow the rough picture made it all the more fun.
The DVD cover says 2002 but even so you can still easily get it from Amazon UK and eBay. My copy was a second hand copy but I bet it was only watched once (or not at all) as it looks like new. I checked eBay and it turns out the film was also released on VHS in the US but apparently it's never made it to DVD statesside. One seller stated the US tape runs 90 minutes which is quite a bit longer than the UK DVD but I have my doubts about that. I've seen one too many eBay page with info taken right off video cases because the sellers couldn't be arsed to check the tape or DVD (but if you have the tape please let me know. Cheers). If you can't play PAL DVDs I suggest you get the boot they're selling from FarEastFlix; their version is fullscreen + English dub but whether it's off the US VHS or the UK DVD I have no idea. I'm certainly gonna watch this again, I suggest you do the same if you're into worldweird films. xD
EDIT: I've now got the French DVD (from Amazon.fr) and it is indeed quite a bit longer and letterboxed. Unfortunately, the print is a tad too dark in night scenes. I sure wish someone will rerelease a proper version at some stage.
The deadly flying heart taking a rest in a tree.
I can see Filmark / IFD / Asso Asia movies are going to abduce your soul apart!!! hahahhahahha.ReplyDelete
But don't get scared, it is part of the game: You first reject those movies, then you start to find some moments or movies that really worth, then you look for more...at the end you will open a blog dedicated to them as it happened to me!!!!
Haha, yeah could be, could be. xD. But if nothing else this one isn't a cut & past job.ReplyDelete
However, someone sent me a Korean poster and translated it for me and it turns out this is actually a Korean movie from 1982 that Tomas Tang bought and dubbed into English. Luckily he didn't add new scenes to it or gwlo actors. I will be updating my post (or write a new one) later.
Most of Asso Asia movies were korean martial arts movies that imitated HK style. When Asso Asia dissapeared, Tomas Tang & Joseph Lai shared the movies they had bought previously & then they re-released them again under different titles, some of them with their original cut, some of them adding new fotage for the international markets.ReplyDelete
I think this HK connection DVD label was owned by Toby Russell ( as he also owned Eastern Heroes & Vengeance video). He might has a letterboxed version of it...or Jamal also is possible to own a better copy.
Thanks for that piece of info, JM. I have no idea if Jamal has a copy, I should ask him. If he has a copy if nothing else it would probably be uncut. I just checked the BBFC and they cut out 51 seconds of the UK dvd! The NTSC tape is probably uncut so I'm gonna order that (unless I hear from Jamal first).ReplyDelete
You mention martial arts movies: It's so weird with this release: the packaging just looks like any other old boring "block and punch" movie but the film on the dvd is NOT an ordinary martial arts movie! There's a bit of kung fu, sure, but a couple a gun-shots in a HK movie doesn't make for a heroic bloodshed movie either, LOL. This is a wild horror movie like MYSTICS IN BALI merged with WITCH WITH FLYING HEAD!! :D
I used to own the Master Arts VHS of this. It was in one of those big, square cardboard boxes. Haven't seen it years, but didn't like it from what I remember. At the time, I remember renting it thinking I was getting a kung fu movie and being disappointed in it aside from the flying heart. The severed hand scene was pretty cool, though.ReplyDelete
LOL. That's alright, we can't all feel the same way; It would be boring if we did. When I googled for the movie I only found one review outside of IMDb and that reviewer said it was about thee worst film he'd ever seen. Well, I thought it was one of the most entertaining I've ever seen! :DReplyDelete
Well I was a kid, then, so my opinion might be different now. The flying heart is definitely the most memorable thing about the movie.ReplyDelete