Chop Socky

Chop Socky

Cinema Hong Kong

DVD - 2005
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Offers an in-depth look at Hong Kong's wu xia film legacy and its influence on global cinema, from its roots in Beijing Opera to Quentin Tarantino's tribute to Hong Kong martial arts action in Kill Bill, Vol. 2. All of the bases are covered, from Hong Kong cinema's first martial-arts hero, Wong Fei Hung, to the balletic choreography of Chang Che, including the "one-punch" impact of Bruce Lee and the evolution of kung-fu comedy as epitomized by Jackie Chan. The Hong Kong technique of editing-in-camera is demonstrated in a multi-screen sequence. Film clips provide samples of the genre's classic films.
Publisher: [United States] : Docurama ; New York, NY : Distributed by New Video, [2005]
Edition: DVD edition widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780767079853
Branch Call Number: 792.09 C455
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 55 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Cinema Hong Kong


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Mar 03, 2015

Chop Socky! - Chop Socky!! - Chop Socky!!!

If you, like me, are something of an ardent fan of Chinese, martial arts films from their heyday (the 60s & 70s), then this 2003 documentary (appropriately called "Chop Socky") should be of some special interest to you.

Through interviews with Hong Kong movie directors, film historians, and actors (such as Jackie Chan, and Jet Li), as well as endless film clips of Chinese marital arts movies of yesterday, the viewer soon learns (amongst other things) all about the painstaking work involved in choreographing the amazing, synchronized sword fights, etc. that were showcased in many of these action-packed pictures.

Always using gallons of fake blood, along with some rapid-fire film editing, these ultra-violent pictures featured story-lines that, often enough, played out very much like heavy-duty, Beijing operas.

Narrated by Jim Nicholson, Chop Socky had a very brief running time of only 55 minutes.

Apr 10, 2013

This film is a 55-minute documentary directed by Ian Taylor.
In this acton-packed production, the director takes a behind-the-scene look at the stars, fighting styles and weaponry of Honk Kong cinema from its earliest beginning to the latest big-budget epic.
It features in-deapth interviews with martial arts masters such as Jackie Chan, Jet Li and John Woo.
Chopsocky (alternately spelled "Chop Socky") is a colloquial term applied to a diffuse group of martial arts movies made primarily in Hong Kong and Taiwan during the 1960s and 1970s.
The term was coined by the American motion picture trade magazine Variety.
The word is a play on chop suey, combining "chop" (as in karate chop; a strike with the edge of the hand) and "sock" (as in a punch).
The term was usually characterized by over-blown story-lines, cheesy special effects, and excessive violence.
The word can be a disparaging term against it as a whole.
Variety magazine, the originator of the term, defined Chopsocky simply as a martial arts film with no negative connotations.
In any case, if you're a Kung Fu fan, this is a must to see.
You wouldn't regret---that's for sure!


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