MARTIAL ARTS DOUBLE FEATURE: KUNG FU GIRL / WHIPLASH

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THE PLOT THUS FAR

WHIPLASH

The Empress Dowager flees when the allied forces descend upon the capital. During an attack by bandits, her jewels are lost in the mountains. Ten years later, a local villager finds the treasure. When news of the found jewels spreads, a group of bandits descends upon the town hoping to find the treasure, but first they’ll have to deal with the villager’s daughter, Tigress (Pei-Pei Cheng), who is quite dangerous due to her amazing fighting skills.

KUNG FU GIRL

During the early days of the Chinese Republic, General Yuan proclaimed himself the new Emperor of China. When young students protest his treaty with Japan, one of the students, Tsai, is arrested by Lei, the Chief of Security. Tsai’s young sister (Pei-Pei Cheng) poses as Lei’s long-lost sister in hopes of finding and rescuing her brother.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Kung Fu Girl” and “Whiplash” are great movies that let Pei-Pei Cheng show off her skill. While they are lower key Golden Harvest releases, I’d put the material against any films from that era with male leads. Cheng knew how to frame her action, but she didn’t resort to quick speedy cuts ala those that followed the Bruce Lee school. I prefer the far more deliberate attacks that stray away from Wuxia elements and remain the real world.

Female martial artists aren’t as rare as you might think. Much like gaming, computers and related affairs, it’s an arena that got all Bro’d up in the late 80s and we never looked back. Michelle Yeoh and others celebrate great success. However, it was a changing of times and a push for period drama that kind of kicked the wind out of female power action movies. It’s a shame, as there is something magical there.

The DVD comes with an expert two disc breakdown of the exercises, movements and workouts. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for an exercise demo. The transfer is sharp enough. The same goes for the Dolby track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 12/02/2014

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