Shaw Brothers Appetizers


Howdy everyone, Hunter here!

For all those out there that aren't fans of us on Facebook, I posted a bunch of trailers to the movies we would be discussing on Episode 2.  For those of you coming here and just now checking the site and the new show, here they are.  If you've already heard the show, they'll give you a further taste of what you're in for, given you're unfamiliar with these films, as well as further viewing suggestions.  Enjoy!

Also, Stu and I will be recording Episode 3 next week, along with a special guest. Remember you can follow us on Twitter (@MMCowboys), send us an e-mail at, if you drop us an MP3 voicemail, we'll play it on the show!


1. The One-Armed Swordsman (dir. Chang Cheh)

Chang Cheh's masterpiece that set the world of martial arts films on fire, breaking $1 million US as the Hong Kong box office.  Drawing it's influence from the films of Akira Kurosawa and Sam Peckinpah, Chang's film spawned a plethora of sequels, remakes, and knock-offs, and launched Jimmy Wang Yu into stardom.

Further viewing: The Return of the One-Armed Swordsman, The New One-Armed Swordsman, The Master of the Flying Guillotine, The Blade

2. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (dir. Lau Kar Leung)

Lau Kar Leung's most famous and influential film, it defined the training sequence and made an icon out of Gordon Liu, who was Lau's go-to leading man and went on to play two roles in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films.  It's influence can also be seen in the world of hip-hop, as the Wu-Tang Clan named their debut record 36 Chambers, and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard named his first solo venture after the sequel, Return to the 36th Chamber.

Further viewing: Return to the 36th Chamber, Disciples of the 36th Chamber, Heroes of the East, 8 Diagram Pole Fighter

3. The Magic Blade (dir. Chu Yuan)

A fast-moving fantasy film that seems to take place in a universe that overlaps our own. Starring genre heroes Ti Lung and Lo Lieh, director Chu Yuan fills this wuxia romp with crazy villains and wacky action set-pieces that make it one-of-a-kind.

Further viewing: Holy Flame of the Martial World

4. The Boxer's Omen (dir. Chih-Hung Kuei)

This film is a crazy gross-out journey of the spiritual variety you have to see for yourself.

I couldn't find a trailer for this one, so enjoy one of the delightfully strange battles between a Shaolin monk and an evil Taoist wizard.

Further viewing: Corpse Mania, El Topo, The Holy Mountain

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