In the wake of Celestial Pictures acquisition of the Shaw Brothers catalog, my cinematic horizons have broadened considerably. I had always associated the studio with highly entertaining but undeniably B-level filmmaking. After doing some research over the past few years, I now realize that their extensive library was quite varied. After interviewing a talanted filmmaker named Kantz, who happens to be an ardent fan of Shaw Brothers chief cinematic architect Chang Cheh, I was inspired to reconsider Changs work. I’m glad I did, because I have discovered a real gem that makes one hell of an argument for his talents as a filmmaker. It’s called “Vengeance!”
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Straight from the slums of Shaolin, Raekwon the Chef has cooked up another eclectic stew of pop culture references and old school NYC street wisdom with Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang. Named after the classic chopsocky, Raekwon’s latest is the follow up to the surprisingly well received Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt. II. In following up the original Cuban Linx, Rae suffered horribly from a severe case of the sophomore slump. Is Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang an epic blunder on par with 1999’s Immobilarity, or is it able to match the quality of its immediate predecessor?