Podcast: Van wave naar wave (lang!)

Dit is de elfde aflevering van Bureau Breuker en het is een heel lange aflevering (35 minuten). Van wave naar wave is gebaseerd op een lezing die ik een tijd terug gaf voor Studium Generale in Leiden. Over K-pop, de Korean Wave, Fu Manchu en Bruce Lee. De term ‘bruceploitation’ valt, dus het is een goede podcast. Ja, er is hier wat mij betreft sprake van een causale relatie.

Hier is het reusachtig grote mp3-bestand (320 kbps):

Virgin Terrorist Mayumi’s Apocalypse (1990)

No, this is not a4571 porn movie. It is as bad as a porn movie, though. Worse actually, because it trades the hanky panky for government rhetoric. It’s propaganda porno. It’s essentially what legendary director Shin Sang-ok 신상옥 had to do before being allowed back into South Korea after his forced stay in the North (no, don’t get me started on this). So in order to be able to go back home from the US, Shin made a propaganda movie about Kim Hyon Hui  김현희,  the North Korean terrorist who blew up a South Korean plane and got caught doing it

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Shadowless Sword (2005)

2This must be my favorite pulp movie or at least one of my favorites. Shadowless Sword 무영검/無影劍 is extremely well-made fun, loaded with historical and contemporary references and with those rare actors who under the right direction gracefully bear the load of impressive action scenes and tongue-in-cheek acting.

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Hapkido (1972)

hapkido2Here comes the unbreakable china doll to give you the kicking of your life! That is a fair description of this early Hong Kong/South Korean co-production made by Golden Harvest. Three Chinese students (Angela Mao as Yu Ying, Carter Wong as Kao Chang and Sammo Hung as Fan Wei)have practised Hapkido in colonial Korea for five years, but have to flee the country under increasing Japanese pressure.

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Manchurian Tiger (1974)

manchurian-tiger (1)A title like this sure gets me going. Manchurian Tiger… with Han Yongcheol 한용철 aka Charlie Han, the guy who packs a punch and a kick or two. And directed by the dean of Korean action Lee Doo Yong 이두용.  The movie starts out great with Han extorting money from a dubious-looking character. We know we’re in Manchuria because the dubious-looking character is dressed in Chinese-style clothes (let me rephrase: cinema Chinese-style clothes).

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Film reviews

ImageOver the years I indulged in writing reviews of truly marginal Korean (and co-produced Korean) 70s movies with lotsa fighting, Bruce Lee-clones, evil Japanese villains, no discernible plot and often set against a (partially) Manchurian background. I didn’t exactly stop at 70s movies but included everything that connected to Manchuria or

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