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Ian Jane
03-11-2013, 09:14 AM
The trailer for this one promised "GREAT. MOMENTUS EVENTS HAPPEN" so I went into this one with pretty high hopes.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKy9ZZw-q1Y

Angela Mao is awesome. She's cute and tiny but almost always pissed off about something and if you mess with her she will kick your fucking face. Sammo Hung shows up in this and he's really young, playing a bad Japanese dude. I dunno who played the priest in the movie or what was wrong with his face but I appreciated his fake beard. Some cruel torture scenes where the dastardly Japanese kidnap and torture the priest and then do the same to the Korean folk hero taekwondo guy. You kind of know how it's all going to play out but that doesn't mean that it isn't a whole lot of fun anyway. Weird use of musical stingers in a few scenes and goofy moments aplenty but hey, nudity and leg biting.

I like this movie a lot.

It was also released as Sting Of The Dragon Master but that's not as cool a title.

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Jason C
03-12-2013, 02:45 PM
My first taste of Angela Mao was in the STING OF THE DRAGON MASTERS trailer on 42nd Street Forever Vol 5. I was so blown away I immediately pressed pause, did some quick research and purchased Fortune Star’s STONER, BROKEN OATH, and WHEN TAEKWONDO STRIKES. Kinda of a big step for me as this was my first overseas purchase. I am now a devoted Angela Mao fan and have been slowly pacing myself through her filmography since.

As can be seen in the trailer, the fights in WHEN TAEKWONDO STRIKES are badass.

Fortune Star’s WHEN TAEKWONDO STRIKES is not perfect but very watchable. It is in the correct aspect ratio, anamorphic, and original language with removable English subtitles. There is noticeable compression artifacts and the color is a bit faded. It also has the WHEN TAEKWONDO STRIKES trailer that Ian added to his post.

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t40/crikan/WhenTaekwondoStrikes-FortuneStar_zps2ffd82b3.jpg



The Crash Cinema’s STING OF THE DRAGON MASTERS release should be avoided. It looks like ass, is dubbed in English with English subtitles burned in, and is cropped to 4X3. It is 4 minutes longer than Fortune Star’s release. No trailer.

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t40/crikan/StingOfTheDragonMasters-CrashCinema_zps09e9a142.jpg



This is the awesome trailer that sucked me into Angela Mao’s world.


http://youtu.be/l42udaYnmG0

Ian Jane
03-12-2013, 03:02 PM
Jason - interesting that the Crash version is longer. Any idea what makes up the difference in the running time? The HK disc doesn't feel like it's missing anything. Could it be a PAL to NSTC conversion muck up?

Jason C
03-12-2013, 06:32 PM
Jason - interesting that the Crash version is longer. Any idea what makes up the difference in the running time? The HK disc doesn't feel like it's missing anything. Could it be a PAL to NSTC conversion muck up?

I believe so. The screenshots I took (at 41 an 43 minutes) were two minutes apart which is half the difference. I just ran them side-by-side and the Fortune Star release appears to outpace the Crash Cinema release.

Ian Jane
03-12-2013, 08:26 PM
Cool. No need to track down the OOP Crash version for non-existent extra footage then.

Wally West
03-12-2013, 10:46 PM
I remember buying the CC DVD when it first came out. I was a senior in high school and rushed straight to my local mall to get to Suncoast after school ended. Disappointing when I popped in the DVD and saw it was cropped and looked horrible.

Anyway, Hapkido is another one to check out if you guys haven't already.

Ian Jane
01-03-2014, 06:09 PM
From City On Fire:

"Shout! Factory presents the Angela Mao Double Feature: Lady Whirlwind & Hapkido DVD. Directed by Huang Feng (Stoner), 1972′s Lady Whirlwind (aka Deep Thrust) has Mao teaming up with Chang Yi to take on evil Japanese thugs. 1972′s Hapkido (aka Lady Kung Fu), also directed by Feng, has Sammo Hung and Carter Wong going forces with Mao as they take on, you guessed it, more Japanese baddies!"

Release date is 4/22/14. (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HNGC55M/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00HNGC55M&linkCode=as2&tag=cognitrespon-20)

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47lab
01-03-2014, 08:06 PM
Have the Fortune Star releases of all the movies mentioned but I'm willing to double dip for the Lady Whirlwind/Hapkido one since hapkido was only released as a VCD by FS. Other than the shitty pirate job by those cocksuckers at Bonzai or Red Sun or whatever they call themselves these days. I forgot what the head cocksucker's name behind that entity was? Jack Stiller? anyway, I remember a legit company was going to release an Angela Mao box set but Red Sun bootlegs pretty much squashed it. So a big FUCK YOU to Jack Stealer! :todd: yeah, those Crash Cinema releases suck balls. I remember actually getting duped into buying that China Doll box set back in the day. :down:

Ian Jane
01-04-2014, 11:24 AM
I remember actually getting duped into buying that China Doll box set back in the day. :down:

I still have it, it was the only way to see those movies on DVD for the longest time. If I remember correctly, they were at least film sourced - but the elements were in baddddd shape.

sukebanboy
01-04-2014, 11:41 AM
I still have it, it was the only way to see those movies on DVD for the longest time. If I remember correctly, they were at least film sourced - but the elements were in baddddd shape.

I used to love buying cheap, bootlegged Kung fu movies from the 1970's on cheap crappy DVD sets.....it all added to the atmosphere and experience while watching them...

ZoSo
01-05-2014, 03:52 AM
I used to love buying cheap, bootlegged Kung fu movies from the 1970's on cheap crappy DVD sets.....it all added to the atmosphere and experience while watching them...

I agree!

47lab
02-06-2014, 01:25 AM
In addition to the Angela Mao double set, looks like Shout! Factory is continuing the trend of old school chop socky flicks as they are set to release a 4 movie/2-disc set titled MARTIAL ARTS MOVIE MARATHON in March featuring THE Skyhawk, The Manchu Boxer, The Dragon Tamers & The Association. Available for pre-order now at their official site & Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HRUQ8XE/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=).

http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/martial-arts-movie-marathon-4-film-feature

http://i.imgur.com/Vkmg4Z3.jpg

Robin Bougie
02-06-2014, 06:53 AM
To this day we still call her the "Eadly Hina Oll" around my place. It's a dumb in-joke between my wife and I that originated with the martial arts trailer collection that SWV put out on VHS decades ago. There was a trailer for DEADLY CHINA DOLL where the announcer goes "Anglea Mao Ying is the DEADLY CHINA DOLL!" but the first letter of each word of the title is cut off the screen due to improper formatting.

Watched that trailer comp so many times.

Anyway, here it is, but this version of the same trailer is formatted correctly.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu2yhHauRq0

Ian Jane
03-04-2014, 10:40 AM
The Angela Mao Ying Collection (http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/angela-mao-ying-collection)

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Available in: US and Canada

Release Date: 06/17/2014
List Price: $34.93
SHOUT! PRICE: $29.93
DVD
Products Details

“There have been kung fu heroines and slashing swordswomen before her, but never had a female action star taken center cage in world cinema and held it, the way Angela Mao did.”
– Ric Meyers, Films Of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Book

Get ready for six action-packed martial-arts films featuring martial-arts sensation Angela Mao Ying, the Queen of kung fu (Hapkido, Lady Whirlwind, Enter The Dragon).

Also starring George Lazenby (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), Bolo Yueng (Enter The Dragon), Jimmy Wang Yu (The One-Armed Swordsman), Sammo Hung Kam-Bo (Project A, Kill Zone), Yuen Biao (Tai Chi Hero, Wheels On Meals) and Carter Huang (Big Trouble In Little China), The Angela Mao Ying Collection is a martial-arts treasure trove for any fan of the genre.

This Six-Movie set includes:

WHEN TAEKWONDO STRIKES (1973)

THE TOURNAMENT (1974)

STONER (1974)

THE HIMALAYAN (1976)

A QUEEN’S RANSOM (1976)

BROKEN OATH (1977)

Discs: 3 Format: NTSC
Video region: Region 1
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Language: English, Mandarin
Subtitles: English

Jason C
08-06-2014, 03:07 PM
Finally got around to watching BROKEN OATH last night. Its really badass with Angela Mao planting scorpions on dudes. She has a nastiness to her in BROKEN OATH that I haven’t seen before. I still have a few more films to go but I’d be surprised if this isn’t her best flick.

Ian Jane
08-07-2014, 12:37 PM
Broken Oath is definitely one of her best films, a pretty killer take on Lady Snowblood. Mao at her finest. The rest of the movies in Shout's set are pretty fun too though, worth taking the time to watch them all. Hopefully they'll follow this one with a volume two.

Jason C
08-08-2014, 11:12 AM
I'm sure I'd buy a volume 2 no matter what films it contains just for more Angela Mao, but doesn't volume 1 appear to contain all of her best stuff. The reviews I've read of her first couple films were lukewarm and I thought DANCE OF DEATH and BATTLE OF SHAOLIN (BANDITS, PROSTITUTES, AND SILVER) were dreadful. I haven't watched my HAPKIDO or MOONLIGHT SWORD AND JADE LION discs yet.

Ian Jane
08-08-2014, 12:19 PM
I dunno. There's enough of her stuff that I haven't seen yet that I'd be willing to dive into a Vol. 2 without any hesitation. I'd love a proper anamorphic release of Deadly China Doll.

Ian Jane
11-12-2016, 11:49 AM
Pretty cool NY Times article on Ms. Mao here:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/11/06/nyregion/searching-for-lady-kung-fu.html?_r=0&referer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F