…awesome collection. i’ll start with the martial arts double feature, both films recommended by qt:
RETURN OF THE TIGER: beautiful and colorful; particularly, preciously crafted. seems as though it would have played as a historical art picture in china, not a b-level grindhouse film. no sleaze, the film has firm moral-family code.
KUNG FU PUNCH OF DEATH: this one IS a grindhouse film. bruce li was hyped as the next bruce lee and watching this it should’ve occurred. what happened? why didn’t li become a megastar? maybe he did? was he big in the orient?
exquisitely paired as a double feature. tiger takes place in ancient china and suggests rites and honour. it feels like a family picture, a disney film, or the karate kid. then punch slams onto the screen bringing you up to the modern day 70s with chinese gangsters and drug running. there’s a standout scene where a character walks leisurely through a bar while a combo cranks out a hot funk number…
these two films reminded me of a couple of kung fu films i saw at a b-movie festival once. they used to be b-films, now they’ve become grindhouse. i prefer grindhouse. those ones had more blood i recall. time to get back into some bloody '70s kung fu action!
WOMEN IN PRISON - Tortured Angels / Womans Camp 119
CANNIBAL - Raw Force/Savage Man,Savage Beast
COPS - Confessions of a Police Captain/Executioner 2
DISASTER - Poseidon Explosion/Earthquake 7.9
MAFIA - Violent Professionals/Frank and Tony
KUNG FU - Return of the Tiger/Kung Fu:Punch of Death
SPAGHETTI WESTERNS - Go Kill and Come Back/Bounty Man
BLAXPLOITATION - Mandinga/3 Tough Guys
HORROR - The Children/Demon Witch Child
SEXPLOITATION - High School Hitch Hikers/Carry on Emannuelle