The Silver Emulsion Podcast: Ep. 168 – Update

It’s been a long time, so this is just an update on what’s going on. Enjoy? πŸ™‚

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Music Notes

Intro:

  • The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band –Β 65 Bars and a Taste of Soul

Outro:

  • Juan Pablo Torres y Algo Nuevo – Rompe Cocorioco
    • Si, Para Usted: The Funky Beats Of Revolutionary Cuba Vol. 1 (iTunes, Amazon)

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The Proud Youth (1978)

The Proud Youth [η¬‘ε‚²ζ±ŸζΉ–] (1978)

Starring Wong Yu, Shih Szu, Michael Chan Wai-Man, Stanley Fung Sui-Fan, Lau Wai-Ling, Chong Lee, Ling Yun, Ding Ying, Yue Wing, Ku Feng, Wong Chung, Tin Ching, Yau Chui-Ling, Ching Miao, Chan Shen, Yang Chi-Ching, Teresa Ha Ping, Wong Ching-Ho, Ng Hong-Sang, Chan Wai-Ying, Yuen Wah

Directed by Sun Chung

Expectations: High. I have a feeling about this one.


When I was a teenager, I didn’t know anything about the wuxia genre, and fantasy wasn’t what I wanted from Hong Kong movies. Like many Western viewers, I generally saw wirework as a negative, thinking of it more as a crutch or an excuse not to do those incredible Hong Kong stunts I loved Jackie Chan for. A few wuxia films broke through my naive mental wall, though, and the Swordsman films — specifically Swordsman II — still hold a treasured place in my heart. So when I learned that The Proud Youth shared DNA with the Swordsman films, I was fascinated and excited by the prospect of revisiting this tale told through the Shaw Brothers lens.

The Proud Youth is based on the Jin Yong novel The Smiling, Proud Wanderer (η¬‘ε‚²ζ±ŸζΉ–), and shares the book’s Chinese title (which literally translates to Laughing Proudly in the Martial World). Despite sharing titles, the film changed most of the character names for some reason. So if you’re familiar with the Swordsman movies (or the book), Brigitte Lin’s iconic Invincible Asia character is represented here as the castrated and effeminate Sima Wuji (Tin Ching), and Wong Yu plays the same character as Samuel Hui/Jet Li (or Chow Yun-Fat if you’re watching the 1984 TVB version πŸ˜€ ). While I haven’t read the book — no official English translation exists — The Proud Youth seemingly attempts to boil the whole thing down into one 90-minute movie, so the film covers some major events from both Swordsman and Swordsman II (I believe Swordsman III is largely unrelated to the book).

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The Silver Emulsion Podcast: Ep. 167 – Parasite

This week on the Silver Emulsion Podcast, Stephen and I talk about the 2019 Best Picture winner Parasite, directed by Bong Joon Ho! Fold a pizza box and enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Music Notes

Intro:

  • Miles Davis –Β Paraphernalia

Outro:

  • Beastie Boys – Ask for Janice
  • Marty Robbins –Β Stairway Of Love

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The Silver Emulsion Podcast: Ep. 166 – Over the Top

This week on the Silver Emulsion Podcast, Stephen and I talk about the Sylvester Stallone arm wrestling classic Over the Top! Crash your semi-truck through a rich dude’s front door and enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Music Notes

Intro:

  • Sammy Hagar – Winner Takes It All
    • Over The Top: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Amazon)
    • The Essential Red Collection (iTunes, Amazon)

Outro:

  • Giorgio Moroder – The Fight
    • Over The Top: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Amazon)

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The Game of Death (1978)

The Game of Death [死云遊戲] (1978)

Starring Tong Lung, Bruce Lee, Gig Young, Dean Jagger, Colleen Camp, Hugh O’Brian, Mel Novak, Roy Chiao, Robert Wall, Dan Inosanto, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Billy McGill, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Casanova Wong, Ji Han-Jae, James Tin Chuen

Directed by Robert Clouse

Expectations: Not much.


The Game of Death is a tricky film to review, but I’m sure it won’t be nearly as painful as actually watching the movie. The actual Bruce Lee footage is as great as it ever was, but everything that leads up to it is pretty sub-standard. The Robert Clouse-directed stuff is most of the movie, too — only 10 minutes or so are from Bruce Lee’s shoot — and there’s just no way around the fact that it’s boring. Even with Sammo Hung choreographing the fights, and Yuen Biao doing a lot of acrobatic double work for “Bruce,” the fights are largely uninspired and average compared to the best the Hong Kong industry was producing in 1978. For instance, Sammo made the absolutely incredible Wing Chun movie Warriors Two later the same year, and the quality gap between these two films is about as wide as the Grand Canyon.

Perhaps the difference lies in Robert Clouse’s direction; there is certainly no palpable passion in any of his material. The shift in tone and quality is jarring when Bruce finally shows up in the final 10 minutes with every bit of charisma he ever had. Bruce Lee was always passionate about his martial philosophy, and he focused on presenting it through his films — particularly The Way of the Dragon and the unfinished Game of Death. Care could have been taken to preserve this spirit, and present a version of Game of Death that was as much a celebration of Bruce Lee as it was an attempt to salvage the unfinished footage. Instead, it was decided to ditch Bruce’s vision for a cliched and rather dumb plot that just sort of stumbles its way towards the electric Lee footage.

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The Silver Emulsion Podcast: Ep. 165 – Neon Genesis Evangelion

This week on the Silver Emulsion Podcast, Stephen and I talk about the landmark 1995/1996 anime series by Gainax: Neon Genesis Evangelion! And we’re also taking on the two 1997 companion films, Death(True)2 and The End of Evangelion! Insert the entry plug and enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Music Notes

Intro:

  • Yoko Takahashi – A Cruel Angel’s Thesis
    • Theme Song to Neon Genesis Evangelion (iTunes)

Outro:

  • Megumi Hayashibara – Fly Me to the Moon
    • Ending Theme to Neon Genesis Evangelion (Amazon)

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The Silver Emulsion Podcast: Ep. 164 – Robot Holocaust

This week on the Silver Emulsion Podcast, Stephen and I talk about the 1987 low-budget sci-fi barbarian movie: Tim Kincaid’s Robot Holocaust! Save the Air Slaves and enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Music Notes

Intro:

  • Manilla Road – Hallowed Be Thy Grave

Outro:

  • Willie Nelson – Bach Minuet in G

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