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xteyg 17 Nov 2023
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yukari oshima & kara wai (that's money) AI restored from a bad source

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michelbobby
michelbobby 6 months ago

It takes me back 34 years, with a certain nostalgia. At that time there was no net. To see an Asian film there were only 2 solutions: see it in the cinema, or have the chance to rent the film on video. It so happened that from a very young age I had acquired the trust of a dozen Asian video stores in Paris. They all knew I was looking for movies with "female action heroine". I had almost live Hong Kong films from the 80s and 90s, because they had the videos very soon after they were shown in theaters. I was shocked to discover Sharon Young, Carol Wai, Mischiko Nishiwaki, Mona Lee, Joyce Godenzi, Cynhtia Khan and Oshima Yukari (who we see here when she is young). I will remember for the rest of my life the day when; The icing on the cake was that I came back the same day with no less than 13 videos to watch (they left them for 8 - 10 days). Among these films: "Lethal Lady", "She ShootsStraight", "Iron Angels II", "Killer Angels", "Shanghai, Shanghai", "Angel Terminators" and other masterpieces of the genre. This despite the fact that they had already fed me the months before with films like Iron Angels, Angel Terminators, The Outlaws, Lady Reporter, In The Line of Duty, Inspector War Skirts and other films such as Licence to Steal or Widow Warriors. Not only in each of the films were excellent fighting actresses. But in addition, the female roles were multiplied by the presence of other women who played the roles of the other female vigilantes, and of the "villain(s)". I think it's a shame that we didn't know what it was known at the time! But it's crazy how tastes converge in our shared passion

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MartialArtsLover43
MartialArtsLover43 6 months ago

French Title : "Les Exterminatrices" but hard to find !

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michelbobby
michelbobby 6 months ago

@MartialArtsLover43: Yes, indeed he is very good with the Japanese Oshima Yukari. But, I'm not exaggerating when I say that there were at least a hundred such films during the 80s and 90s: I'm talking about Hong Kong films featuring excellent martial arts film actresses, including with "blonde villains" like Kim Maree Penn or Cynthia Crawford. There are also films where there are fewer heroines but at least one anthology scene. I remember Helen Lui playing him A villain who beats up a ship captain (to get a precious magnetic card) in a frenzied sexy outfit. The scene is just beautiful because it includes small slow-motion sequences and all kinds of takes and shots. This is just one example!

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michelbobby
michelbobby 6 months ago

Sofia Crawford (or Sophia) - Not Cynthia

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jp272727
jp272727 6 months ago

Thanks for sharing your experience about it. I was too young to know these movies back in the days. I think for me it sarted with Chun-Li un Street Fighter 2 game. Then the movies SF2 the movie and Mortal Kombat where respectively Cammy and Sonya Blade broke some opponent necks mostly with the legs. etc. And more lately with internet I got into more pretty well known movies with badass females with a particular interest for Asian and mostly Japanese. more lately I got into Godfrey Ho for his "nanar" movies including short fighting scenes with actresses not affraid t show a bit more leg skin or underwear when kicking. so refreshing when you see how covered are the "action" actresses now. HK movies really used to be something!!! <3

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FlexySpirit
FlexySpirit 6 months ago

thank you for these suggestions! If you know some other movies with flexible women could you share these movies' titles, please?

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michelbobby
michelbobby 6 months ago

@FlexySpirit: I think it's quite easy to find action scenes with the actresses I mentioned. for example, on "YouTube" write "Michelle Khan" and "Last Suppers". And do the same with all of them: Sharon Young, Carol Wai, Moon (Mona) Lee, Oshima Yukari, Joyce Godenzi, Cynhtia Khan, Cynthia Rothrock... They are all very talented and very "flexible" because it is very much the kicking and leg techniques that are highlighted (more "spectacular" no doubt). And one thing leading to another, searching on YouTube (or other?) will lead to movie titles galore. Because I have seen more than 100 of them during this "blessed" period. And the list of acts is by no means exhaustive. Other actresses are excellent but more difficult to identify (supporting role, the "wicked woman"..). There are a lot of films with actresses that you only see once, or two or three (in as many films) but that give anthology scenes. This is the example of the beautiful heroine in a blue dress (a "villain") that @xteyg selected for us in another post.

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michelbobby
michelbobby 6 months ago

"Action Scenes" or "Fighting scenes" (not "Last Suppers" / GoogleTranslate !)

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MartialArtsLover43
MartialArtsLover43 6 months ago

Is the film called: "That's Money" or "That's Maoney" as you wrote it?

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xteyg
xteyg 6 months ago

It's a typo, obviously. Thank you.

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