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TMR 054 – Kung Fu Cult Master

Total Movie Recall

Release Date: 01/18/2021

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This week on Total Movie Recall, Steve and Ryan discover that there’s actually an antidote to getting punched really, really hard. The cultural divide proves too much for Ryan in this wild, fantastic, hallucinatory Kung Fu epic of many names. The story is incomprehensible, the fights are nonsensical, but Steve still finds it defensible, while Ryan finds the editing reprehensible. There’s no reason for this rhyme. Kung Fu Cult Master (1993) d. ,  Starring: Set during the Yuen Dynasty, many sects compete for possession of the two golden swords which contain the secret to...

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This week on Total Movie Recall, Steve and Ryan discover that there’s actually an antidote to getting punched really, really hard. The cultural divide proves too much for Ryan in this wild, fantastic, hallucinatory Kung Fu epic of many names. The story is incomprehensible, the fights are nonsensical, but Steve still finds it defensible, while Ryan finds the editing reprehensible. There’s no reason for this rhyme.

Kung Fu Cult Master (1993)

d. Jing WongSammo Kam-Bo Hung

Starring:
Jet Li
Man Cheung
Chingmy Yau

Set during the Yuen Dynasty, many sects compete for possession of the two golden swords which contain the secret to dominance of the world of martial arts. The first faction, led by Shaolin, consists of Shaolin, Wu Tang, Ngo Mai, Kun Lun, Hung Tung and Wah Shan. The second is the Ming Sect, otherwise known as the Fire Sect or Evil Sect, led by branch leaders Queen of Purple Dragon, King of White Eagle, King of Gold Lion and King of Green Bat. A student of Wu Tang, befriends Gold Lion and marries the daughter of White Eagle. He is killed for the secret of the location of the missing sword. His infant son witnesses this and vows revenge on the heads of the sect. Unfortunately he has a jinx which prevents him from learning martial arts.

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Things discussed in the show:

Tom Clancy & Jack Ryan vs World War 3

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (Carlton CuseGraham Roland, John KrasinskiWendell PierceJohn Hoogenakker)

Wargames (John Badham, Matthew BroderickAlly SheedyJohn Wood)

Breakfast Club (John Hughes, Emilio EstevezJudd NelsonMolly Ringwald, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy)

The Night Porter (Liliana Cavani, Dirk BogardeCharlotte RamplingPhilippe Leroy)

Deutchland 83 (Anna WingerJörg Winger, Jonas NayMaria SchraderUlrich Noethen)

Operation Able Archer

Wind of Change podcast (Patrick Radden Keefe, The Scorpions)

Wong Kar-wai

Raise the Red Lantern (Yimou Zhang, Li GongJingwu MaSaifei He)

The Great Wall (Yimou Zhang, Matt DamonTian JingWillem Dafoe)

American Factory (documentary, Steven BognarJulia Reichert, Junming 'Jimmy' WangRobert AllenSherrod Brown)

The Queen's Gambit (Scott FrankAllan Scott, Anya Taylor-JoyChloe PirrieBill Camp)

The Thomas Crown Affair 1968 (Norman Jewison, Steve McQueenFaye DunawayPaul Burke)

Casino Royale (Texas Holdem, Martin Campbell, Daniel CraigEva GreenJudi Dench)

Get Shorty (Barry Sonnenfeld, Elmore Leonard (novel), Scott Frank (screenplay), Gene HackmanRene RussoDanny DeVito)

The Lookout (Scott Frank, Joseph Gordon-LevittJeff DanielsMatthew Goode)

Minority Report (Steven Spielberg, Philip K. Dick (short story), Scott Frank (screenplay), Tom CruiseColin FarrellSamantha Morton)

A Walk Among the Tombstones (Scott Frank, Liam NeesonDan StevensDavid Harbour)

Godless (Jack O'ConnellMichelle DockeryScoot McNairy, Scott Frank)

Auteur Cinema

The Witch (Robert Eggers, Anya Taylor-JoyRalph InesonKate Dickie)

Emma (Autumn de Wilde, Eleanor Catton (screenplay by), Jane Austen (based on the novel by), Anya Taylor-JoyJohnny FlynnMia Goth)

The New Mutants (Josh Boone, Maisie WilliamsAnya Taylor-JoyCharlie Heaton)

Love Actually (Richard Curtis, Hugh GrantMartine McCutcheonLiam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster)

The Maze Runner (Wes Ball, Dylan O'BrienKaya ScodelarioWill Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster)

Leonard DiCaprio & Liam Hemsworth

The Vow (NXIVM, Anthony AmesSarah EdmondsonBonnie PiesseMark Vicente)

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (Leah ReminiMike RinderMary Kahn)

The Raid Redemption (Gareth Evans,  Iko UwaisAnanda GeorgeRay Sahetapy)

Kung Fu (NES video game)

Double Dragon (video game)

The Night Comes For Us (Timo Tjahjanto, Joe TaslimIko UwaisJulie Estelle)

The Raid 2 (Gareth Evans, Iko UwaisYayan RuhianArifin Putra)

Apostle (Dan StevensRichard ElfynPaul Higgins)

Lovecraftian horror / Folk horror

Gangs of London (Gareth EvansMatt Flannery, Ray PanthakiJoe ColeLucian Msamati)

Gangs of New York (Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprioCameron DiazDaniel Day-Lewis, John C. Reilly, Liam Neeson)

Peaky Blinders (Steven Knight, Cillian MurphyPaul AndersonHelen McCrory)

The Warriors (Walter Hill, Michael BeckJames RemarDorsey Wright)

The Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre

The Shaw Brothers & Hong Kong Cinema

Wu Tang Mountain

Takashi Miike

CINEphile Video Archive in Los Angeles (Shoutout to Paul!)

Ghost Spy (Image Comics, Steve Albertson, Jacob Elijah aka Oh Oozi, Puppy Grenade)

Tai Chi Master (Woo-Ping Yuen, Jet LiMichelle YeohSiu-Ho Chin)

Once Upon a Time in China (Hark Tsui, Jet LiRosamund KwanBiao Yuen)

Dragon Ball Z (

Things discussed in the show:

Tom Clancy & Jack Ryan vs World War 3

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan (Carlton CuseGraham Roland, John KrasinskiWendell PierceJohn Hoogenakker)

Wargames (John Badham, Matthew BroderickAlly SheedyJohn Wood)

Breakfast Club (John Hughes, Emilio EstevezJudd NelsonMolly Ringwald, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy)

The Night Porter (Liliana Cavani, Dirk BogardeCharlotte RamplingPhilippe Leroy)

Deutchland 83 (Anna WingerJörg Winger, Jonas NayMaria SchraderUlrich Noethen)

Operation Able Archer

Wind of Change podcast (Patrick Radden Keefe, The Scorpions)

Wong Kar-wai

Raise the Red Lantern (Yimou Zhang, Li GongJingwu MaSaifei He)

The Great Wall (Yimou Zhang, Matt DamonTian JingWillem Dafoe)

American Factory (documentary, Steven BognarJulia Reichert, Junming 'Jimmy' WangRobert AllenSherrod Brown)

The Queen's Gambit (Scott FrankAllan Scott, Anya Taylor-JoyChloe PirrieBill Camp)

The Thomas Crown Affair 1968 (Norman Jewison, Steve McQueenFaye DunawayPaul Burke)

Casino Royale (Texas Holdem, Martin Campbell, Daniel CraigEva GreenJudi Dench)

Get Shorty (Barry Sonnenfeld, Elmore Leonard (novel), Scott Frank (screenplay), Gene HackmanRene RussoDanny DeVito)

The Lookout (Scott Frank, Joseph Gordon-LevittJeff DanielsMatthew Goode)

Minority Report (Steven Spielberg, Philip K. Dick (short story), Scott Frank (screenplay), Tom CruiseColin FarrellSamantha Morton)

A Walk Among the Tombstones (Scott Frank, Liam NeesonDan StevensDavid Harbour)

Godless (Jack O'ConnellMichelle DockeryScoot McNairy, Scott Frank)

Auteur Cinema

The Witch (Robert Eggers, Anya Taylor-JoyRalph InesonKate Dickie)

Emma (Autumn de Wilde, Eleanor Catton (screenplay by), Jane Austen (based on the novel by), Anya Taylor-JoyJohnny FlynnMia Goth)

The New Mutants (Josh Boone, Maisie WilliamsAnya Taylor-JoyCharlie Heaton)

Love Actually (Richard Curtis, Hugh GrantMartine McCutcheonLiam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster)

The Maze Runner (Wes Ball, Dylan O'BrienKaya ScodelarioWill Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster)

Leonard DiCaprio & Liam Hemsworth

The Vow (NXIVM, Anthony AmesSarah EdmondsonBonnie PiesseMark Vicente)

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (Leah ReminiMike RinderMary Kahn)

The Raid Redemption (Gareth Evans,  Iko UwaisAnanda GeorgeRay Sahetapy)

Kung Fu (NES video game)

Double Dragon (video game)

The Night Comes For Us (Timo Tjahjanto, Joe TaslimIko UwaisJulie Estelle)

The Raid 2 (Gareth Evans, Iko UwaisYayan RuhianArifin Putra)

Apostle (Dan StevensRichard ElfynPaul Higgins)

Lovecraftian horror / Folk horror

Gangs of London (Gareth EvansMatt Flannery, Ray PanthakiJoe ColeLucian Msamati)

Gangs of New York (Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprioCameron DiazDaniel Day-Lewis, John C. Reilly, Liam Neeson)

Peaky Blinders (Steven Knight, Cillian MurphyPaul AndersonHelen McCrory)

The Warriors (Walter Hill, Michael BeckJames RemarDorsey Wright)

The Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre

The Shaw Brothers & Hong Kong Cinema

Wu Tang Mountain

Takashi Miike

CINEphile Video Archive in Los Angeles (Shoutout to Paul!)

Ghost Spy (Image Comics, Steve Albertson, Jacob Elijah aka Oh Oozi, Puppy Grenade)

Tai Chi Master (Woo-Ping Yuen, Jet LiMichelle YeohSiu-Ho Chin)

Once Upon a Time in China (Hark Tsui, Jet LiRosamund KwanBiao Yuen)

Dragon Ball Z

Game of Thrones (David BenioffD.B. WeissEmilia ClarkePeter DinklageKit HaringtonLena HeadeySophie TurnerMaisie WilliamsNikolaj Coster-WaldauIain GlenGwendoline Christie)

Chinese history

The Evil Cult (Ming Dynasty)

Quintin Tarantino

Star Crossed Lovers

The Golden Lion

House of Flying Daggers (Yimou Zhang, Ziyi ZhangTakeshi KaneshiroAndy Lau)

Master of the Flying Guillotine (Jimmy Wang Yu, Tien Wu ChuKang Chin)

Crippled Masters (Chi Lo, Sung-Chuan ShenChao-Ming KangChiu Ho)

Riki Oh The Story of Ricky (Ngai Choi Lam, Siu-Wong FanMei Sheng FanKa-Kui Ho)

John Woo (director)

Johnnie To (director)

Exiled (Johnnie To, Nick CheungAnthony Chau-Sang WongFrancis Ng)

Drug War (Johnnie To, Louis KooHonglei SunYi Huang)

Dirty Gambler genre of Hong Kong crime cinema

Jackie Chan

Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris

Willow vs. Wicket (Star Wars) vs. Leprechaun

Mel Gibson vs. Cancel Culture

Tom Cruise vs. Keith Raniere

Zoroastrians (Persia)

Cult of Mani (Manichaeism) - The Gospel of Mani aka the Book of Giants

The Book of Enoch

300 (Zack Snyder, Gerard ButlerLena HeadeyDavid Wenham)

Next week: Any Given Sunday