I love Kung-Fu movies. I am addicted to them and find that I must watch some kung-fu every couple of months or I start going through withdrawals.
The first martial arts film I ever remember seeing is one staring Sonny Chiba. I don't remember the name but it was one of the ones he made back in the late 1960's or early 1970's. I think I was living in Greenville, Mississippi at the time and my mom and dad bought a TV just for the kids. It was a cheesy black and white set and of course there was no remote and you had to adjust the antenna differently for each channel but I was young and at the time we thought we had died and gone to heaven. There was one part of the movie where Sonny's character is confronted by this guy so Sonny does this little double kick and his wooden sandals fly off of his feet and into the guys face. I thought that was so cool that I was flipping my shoes off of my feet like that for days. My folks probably thought I was nuts.
Back in the late 1970's or early 1980's cable TV was getting popular and Showtime was having Kung-Fu marathons. I would go over to a friends house and we would watch those movies and then try to kick each others asses. My favorite martial arts film of all time is 5 Masters of Death. I wish I could find a decent copy but when I finally tracked it down on the internet a few years ago I was disappointed that it was a copy of a copy of a copy.... I am still looking for a DVD.
I thought about taking KF lessons but I wasn't sure if I would be able to stay with it so I never did. But me and my buddies would go down to a couple of shops and buy some of the weapons. Throwing stars, knives and numb-chucks. I called the numb-chucks because I always seemed to smack myself right on the outside of my elbow and half of my fingers would either go numb or feel like they were on fire. Looking back on it now I should have either taken the lessons to learn how to use all of that stuff or stick to just watching the movies.
My buddy Bill Finch and I used to watch Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee movies even after high school and he put my ass through my apartment window on more than one occasion (usually after drinking a 12 pack each). To this day we still refer to ourselves and Bruce and Jackie.
Some of the more modern films that I like are The Bride with White Hair and of course Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon which I even managed to get Linda to go and see at the theater.
I could go on and on about this but I won't.
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