Saturday on the blog means Saturday Double Feature, right? Remember, the basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before.. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.
The Wolverine. Yep, that’s the big one this weekend, isn’t it? Hugh Jackman, claws, superpowers, ninja, swords, lots and lots of other weapons, I mean just look at this thing:
Let’s face it, movie goers this weekend are gonna be in for (hopefully at least) some crazy mutant on ninja action. But you know, when I really think about crazy ninja action, my mind drifts back about 30 or more years to the late 70s and early 80s, when the Shaw Brothers were churning out all kinds of wild martial arts flicks. You guys know the ones I’m talking about. the ones that featured claws, superpowers, ninja, swords, lots and lots of other weapons. The ones that would come into our homes on a lazy Sunday afternoon under the guise of “Kung Fu Theater” or whatever title the local station would give it. Yeah, I’m thinking one of those would probably fit the other half of a double bill pretty well.
So which one to pick? Well, obviously there are probably hundreds to choose from, and even narrowing down the pack was tough, but I think I finally found one with just the right elements (pun unintended) to stand toe to toe with its modern counterpart. Heck, it’s even got a guy with claws in it. (Okay, they’re actually claw gloves, but still…) Its title is usually translated as Five Element Ninjas (or alternately Super Ninjas), it’s from 1982, the director is Chang Cheh, and it stars Lo Meng, Michael Chan, and Rickey Cheng. Here, see what you think:
Yeah, I don’t know about you, but I’d go see a double bill with that and ol’ Wolvie. But what about you guys? anybody out there got a better “crazy martial arts” flick than this one that would make a good pairing? Or how about just one that’s a favorite? I’d love to get some feedback on this one and maybe if you’ve got some memories of watching these kind of films “back in the day”, I’d love to hear those, too. Just chime in in the comments section and share. And also let me know of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.
Until next time, Happy Viewing!
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