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Old 10-15-2011, 07:57 AM   #1
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Default Top Golden Harvest films?

I'm not too versed in the history or the films of Golden Harvest. How do they relate to the Shaw Brothers films?

I'm pretty much familiar mostly with the Shaw titles. I haven't had the chance to go looking for any Golden Harvest films. What would anyone say are the top 10 Golden Harvest films to watch if I were looking for them? How many of these are available on Region 1?
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Old 10-15-2011, 11:41 AM   #2
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Not sure of region 1 but my top ten Golden's would be-old skool

1:The Magnificent Butcher-Sammo Hung at his very best and one of the best Hung Gar movies, Fatty versus Jamrag at the end..whoaah!!

2:The Prodigal Son-Sammo again in the best Wing Chun movie ever with Yuen Biao starting to become the greatest screen fighter ever. Lam Ching Ying's batty man versus Chan Fun Kay's Pak Mei on the boat....choreography would never be the same.

3:The Young Master-Jackie Chan at his most enjoyable and intricate-Karate Kid...PAH!!

4:Knockabout-Sammo giving Yuen Biao his debut and one of his finest showcases, with some ruffhouse monkey shapes

5:Encounters of the Spooky Kind-Sammo kickstarts the HK horror genre and injects stunning choreography

6:Duel to the Death-endlessly inventive swordplay action and wicked Ninja work

7:Last Hurrah for Chivalry-John Woo's closest attempt to make a Shaws movie. Go sleeping wizard

8:Dreadnaught-one of THE classic Wong Fei Hung movies with an amazing lion dance, mr lion come reach

9:Warriors Two-Sammo's 2nd finest Wing Chun movie. What a finale!! Watch Jamrag spin thru the air!!

10:Fist of Fury-Bruce at his most magnetic...the fight in the dojo changed my life!!

As for modern day-

1:Eastern Condors-Sammo, Yuen Biao and some of the greatest fight action ever filmed and Sammo's 2nd finest modern day (after Pedicab Driver which isnt a Golden film)

2:Wheels on Meals-the Three Brothers at their best...and the best modern one on one ever Jackie vs Benny the Jet, and a travelogue round Barcelona

3:Dragons Forever-nearly Wheels on Meals 2 same crew new level of action!!!

4:Police Story-Jackie's absolute masterpiece much copied never equalled!!!

5:Righting Wrongs-Yuen Biao out on his own, blowing Rothrock and everyone else off screen. It makes me cringe to see the Dragon Dynasty DVD sleeve mentioning dross like Transporter in connection with this action classic. Watch the classic scene where Rothrock asks how a person in a hospital, covered with a sheet, is?? Duh!!

6:Heart of the Dragon- a deeply moving Jackie star turn, and one of Sammo's finest roles-and an ending that defies description!!

7:Millionaire's Express-Sammo again alongside an incredible cast in an enourmously entertaining Eastern Western. The fight between Sammo and Yuen Biao is a showstopper!!!

8:On the Run-Yuen Biao again-NO FIGHTING (except for one kick at the end) but his greatest acting performance.

9:Project A-simply the film that killed of the traditional kung fu movie-I should hate it but it's a masterpiece-even though I dont believe Jackie directed ALL OF IT!!

10:Drunken Master2-1994 I saw it at worldwide opening-EVERY chinatown at same time-and was shaking with excitement by the incredible fighting- Jackie you should have retired after this!! Rumble in the Bronx...ughh!!

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Old 10-15-2011, 04:27 PM   #3
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Joy Sales has released a large number of Golden Harvest films in all-region format, Chinese language with English Subtitles. Generally, they run around $10US. Be careful though, some of the more popular films with Region 1 releases are coded Region 3, i.e. Jackie Chan movies.

You might want to check out Angela Mao films from Golden Harvest. They often have Sammo Hung playing a second-string villian role and Angela is a treat to watch.

With Sammo:
The Angry River
Broken Oath
The Himalayan
The Invincible Eight
The Tournament
When Taekwando Strikes

Without Sammo:
The Fate of Lee Khan
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Old 10-15-2011, 04:40 PM   #4
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Joy Sales has released a large number of Golden Harvest films in all-region format, Chinese language with English Subtitles. Generally, they run around $10US. Be careful though, some of the more popular films with Region 1 releases are coded Region 3, i.e. Jackie Chan movies.

You might want to check out Angela Mao films from Golden Harvest. They often have Sammo Hung playing a second-string villian role.

With Sammo:
The Angry River
Broken Oath
The Himalayan
The Invincible Eight
The Tournament
When Taekwando Strikes

Without Sammo:
The Fate of Lee Khan
Himalayan is necessary pick.Subs have lot errors and pic quality not that great.But movie itself is kungfu bliss, real masterpiece.
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Old 10-15-2011, 09:54 PM   #5
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A few other top of the tops that haven't been mentioned-

The Sword
Hapkido
Operation Scorpio
Angry Ranger
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Old 10-15-2011, 11:17 PM   #6
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Warriors two
shaolin plot
young master
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Old 10-16-2011, 01:40 AM   #7
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I wouldn't disagree with Popsjnr's lists.
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I wouldn't either, and I felt kind of good that I had seen every film he listed except one. This list reminded me how I pretty much got into kung fu films through GH, not growing up in the USA and having all those Shaws on tv.
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Old 10-21-2011, 11:44 PM   #9
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The Prodigal Son
The Iron-Fisted Monk
Warriors Two
Police Story 1&2
Knockabout
Dragon Lord
The Young Master
Winners and Sinners
My Lucky Stars
Eastern Condors
Righting Wrongs
Duel to the Death
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Not sure of region 1 but my top ten Golden's would be-old skool

1:The Magnificent Butcher-Sammo Hung at his very best and one of the best Hung Gar movies, Fatty versus Jamrag at the end..whoaah!!

2:The Prodigal Son-Sammo again in the best Wing Chun movie ever with Yuen Biao starting to become the greatest screen fighter ever. Lam Ching Ying's batty man versus Chan Fun Kay's Pak Mei on the boat....choreography would never be the same.

3:The Young Master-Jackie Chan at his most enjoyable and intricate-Karate Kid...PAH!!

4:Knockabout-Sammo giving Yuen Biao his debut and one of his finest showcases, with some ruffhouse monkey shapes

5:Encounters of the Spooky Kind-Sammo kickstarts the HK horror genre and injects stunning choreography

6:Duel to the Death-endlessly inventive swordplay action and wicked Ninja work

7:Last Hurrah for Chivalry-John Woo's closest attempt to make a Shaws movie. Go sleeping wizard

8:Dreadnaught-one of THE classic Wong Fei Hung movies with an amazing lion dance, mr lion come reach

9:Warriors Two-Sammo's 2nd finest Wing Chun movie. What a finale!! Watch Jamrag spin thru the air!!

10:Fist of Fury-Bruce at his most magnetic...the fight in the dojo changed my life!!

As for modern day-

1:Eastern Condors-Sammo, Yuen Biao and some of the greatest fight action ever filmed and Sammo's 2nd finest modern day (after Pedicab Driver which isnt a Golden film)

2:Wheels on Meals-the Three Brothers at their best...and the best modern one on one ever Jackie vs Benny the Jet, and a travelogue round Barcelona

3:Dragons Forever-nearly Wheels on Meals 2 same crew new level of action!!!

4:Police Story-Jackie's absolute masterpiece much copied never equalled!!!

5:Righting Wrongs-Yuen Biao out on his own, blowing Rothrock and everyone else off screen. It makes me cringe to see the Dragon Dynasty DVD sleeve mentioning dross like Transporter in connection with this action classic. Watch the classic scene where Rothrock asks how a person in a hospital, covered with a sheet, is?? Duh!!

6:Heart of the Dragon- a deeply moving Jackie star turn, and one of Sammo's finest roles-and an ending that defies description!!

7:Millionaire's Express-Sammo again alongside an incredible cast in an enourmously entertaining Eastern Western. The fight between Sammo and Yuen Biao is a showstopper!!!

8:On the Run-Yuen Biao again-NO FIGHTING (except for one kick at the end) but his greatest acting performance.

9:Project A-simply the film that killed of the traditional kung fu movie-I should hate it but it's a masterpiece-even though I dont believe Jackie directed ALL OF IT!!

10:Drunken Master2-1994 I saw it at worldwide opening-EVERY chinatown at same time-and was shaking with excitement by the incredible fighting- Jackie you should have retired after this!! Rumble in the Bronx...ughh!!
That's a pretty good list, I've seen most of those movies except Duel to the Death(just youtubed it-awesome), Eastern Condors(I know, I know), Heart of the Dragon and On the Run.
The Sword(1980) is one of my favorite Wuxias, I've dropped massive love on this movie in this forum for years. Adam Cheng's finest role.
I'll have to add Dirty Tiger Crazy Frog if you don't mind some hijinks , it drags out a little to long but the Kung Fu is top notch and creative with Sammo and Lau Kar Wing tearing it up.
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