Korean Movie Stars of My Youth
Well, how can we have a Korean Forum with out The Best Korean Kickers in Chinese/Korean Cinema?
I hated kicking when I first started watching CMA movies. Any movie with excessive kicking I'd immediately turn off. Seriously, I still haven't watched all of "When Tae Kwon Do strikes."After years of watching "shapes" one day, I stumbled on to this movie at a crap-hole video store in the hood.
Dragon Claws aka Five Pattern Dragon Claws:
YouTube - 5 Pattern Dragon Claws - FIGHT
OMG the "Shapes" the "Shapes." In this movie you see, Dragon, Phoenix Eye, Tiger, Snake, Crane, Eagle Claw, Mantis, Buddha Fist, and weapons. Oh yeah and kicking. *blech* Plus, the movie is only an hour and twenty minutes long. Anyway, as I watched the movie we had the Temple, we had Monks and we had a Bad guy. This bad guy was alright nothing special.
Then this scene occurred.
YouTube - 5 Pattern Dragon Claws - (HWANG JANG LEE)
I love one handed fighting no matter how unrealistic.
SO, I took a little notice but still, Dragoon Lee was the ****. I was thoroughly enjoying the movie because, it had minimal plot and a ton of fights. I was content.
Then, this fight occurred and I was done. Kicking had just jumped from my least favorite part in Movies to a close 2nd.
YouTube - Five Pattern Dragon Claws
Unfortunately, that is the beginning middle and end fight scenes. So, you'll have to rent the movie yourself. Funny thing about that clips is the guy cuts out his kicks, in that video.
This was my first introduction to Hwang Jang Lee. Before you say it, no I didn't like Jackie Chan at first because, I saw three of his horrible movies back to back.
He does his tripple front kick, the hook kick choke, and he kicked from angles I thought impossible and you can tell it was real. This is what always put him at the top of my kickers list.
Then I stumbled across this tape about 9 years ago:
YouTube - The Art of High Impact Kicking 3-8
After watching this tape, I knew he was a Martial Artists. He was always my favorite but, now I had a confirmed my respect for Hwang Jang Lee.