Chopsocky (or chop-socky) is a colloquial term for martial arts movies and kung fu films made primarily in Hong Kong and Taiwan between the late 1960s and early 1980s. The term was coined by the American motion picture trade magazine Variety following the explosion of films in the genre released in 1973 in the U.S. after the success of Five Fingers of Death. The word is a play on chop suey, combining "chop" (as in karate chop referring to a strike with the edge of the hand) and "sock" (as in a punch).
Chopsocky movies are usually characterized by over-blown story-lines, cheesy special effects (particularly exaggerated and sometimes bizarre sound effects during the actual fight scenes), and excessive violence. The genre also is known for its clumsy dubbing. Although the term "chopsocky" is commonly used as a name of martial arts cinema by the general media, the word can be disparaging as well. Another common meaning is a generalization for martial arts movies from Asia or Hong Kong in particular without necessarily having the negative connotation. Variety magazine, the originator of the term, defined "chopsocky" simply as a martial arts film with no negative connotations.
60 Second Wipe Out is the third studio album by Atari Teenage Riot. It was originally released through Digital Hardcore Recordings in 1999. It peaked at number 17 on the UK Independent Albums Chart, as well as number 32 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.Acid Western
Acid Western is a subgenre of the Western film that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s that combines the metaphorical ambitions of critically acclaimed Westerns, such as Shane and The Searchers, with the excesses of the Spaghetti Westerns and the outlook of the counterculture of the 1960s. Acid Westerns subvert many of the conventions of earlier Westerns to "conjure up a crazed version of autodestructive white America at its most solipsistic, hankering after its own lost origins".Blood Drive (TV series)
Blood Drive is an American science fiction action television series that aired on Syfy from June 14, 2017 to September 6, 2017. On the same day that the finale aired, series creator James Roland announced that Syfy had decided to cancel the series after one season.Burning Paradise
Burning Paradise (Foh Siu Hung Lin Ji 火燒紅蓮寺) is a 1994 Hong Kong action film directed by Ringo Lam. The film is set in the Qing dynasty and stars Willie Chi Tian-sheng as Fong Sai Yuk and Yang Sheng as Hung Hei-kwun as Yang Sheng.The film was a box office failure in Hong Kong.Chandni Chowk to China
Chandni Chowk to China (shortened to CC2C) is a 2009 Indian action comedy film directed by Nikkhil Advani and stars Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles with Mithun Chakraborty and Hong Kong action cinema actor Gordon Liu among the co-stars. In addition to being shot in China, many parts of the film were shot in Bangkok, Thailand, although some of the China scenes were shot in sets in the Shanghai Film Studio. The film revolves around a vegetable cutter from Chandni Chowk in Delhi who finds himself on an adventure in China after the residents of an oppressed village deem him to be the reincarnation of a slain Chinese revolutionary.
Distributed in the U.S. and co-produced by Warner Bros., it is the third Bollywood movie made and distributed in partnership with a major Hollywood studio, following Sony's Saawariya (2007) and Walt Disney Pictures' animated feature Roadside Romeo (2008). It is Warner Bros. Pictures' first Hindi film. Released on 16 January 2009, it was the third highest-grossing film of the year at the Indian Box Office.Dragon (2011 film)
Dragon (Chinese: 武俠; pinyin: Wǔ xiá) is a 2011 Hong Kong-Chinese martial arts film directed by Peter Chan, and starring Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tang Wei. Yen also served as the film's action director. It premiered on 13 May 2011 at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in the Midnight Screenings category. Donnie Yen and Peter Chan presided over the lighting of a billboard for Dragon that broke the Guinness Book of World Records for its size, 3591 square metres, previously held by a poster for a Michael Jackson album.King Boxer
King Boxer (Chinese: Tiān xià dì yī quán, lit. "Number One Fist in the World"), aka Five Fingers of Death, is a 1972 martial arts film directed by Jeong Chang-hwa (鄭昌和 정창화) and starring Lo Lieh. It was produced by Shaw Brothers (HK) Ltd. (Chinese: 邵氏兄弟（香港）公司), the largest Hong Kong movie production studio at the time. The script was written by Chiang Yang (江陽). Made in Hong Kong, it is one of many kung fu-themed movies with Lo Lieh (羅烈) in the lead. He appeared in many similar efforts from the 1960s, pre-dating the more internationally successful Bruce Lee.
Released in the United States by Warner Bros. in March 1973 as Five Fingers of Death, the film capitalized on the success of Warner's TV series Kung Fu and was responsible for beginning the North American kung fu film craze of the 1970s with over 30 similar films being released in the U.S. in 1973 alone. Warners followed it with the first U.S.-Chinese Kung Fu co-production Enter the Dragon released later that same year which was the most successful of the chopsocky films of 1973.Kung Fu Fighting
"Kung Fu Fighting" is a disco song by Jamaican vocalist Carl Douglas, with production by British-Indian musician Biddu. It was released as a single in 1974 on the cusp of a chopsocky film craze and rose to the top of the British, Australian, Canadian and American charts, in addition to reaching the top of the Soul Singles chart. It received a Gold certification from the RIAA in 1974 and popularized disco music. It eventually went on to sell eleven million records worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. The song uses the quintessential Oriental riff, a short musical phrase that is used to signify Chinese culture.
"Kung Fu Fighting" was rated number 100 in VH1's 100 Greatest one-hit wonders, and number 1 in the UK Channel 4's Top 10 One Hit Wonders list in 2000, the same channel's 50 Greatest One Hit Wonders poll in 2006 and Bring Back ... the one-hit Wonders, for which Carl Douglas performed the song in a live concert.Kung fu kid
Kung-fu Kid may refer to:
People"The Kungfu Kid", nickname for mixed martial arts fighter Zak BuciaGamesKung Fu Kid (魔界列伝 Makai Retsuden), Sega Master System video gameTelevisionKung Fu Kids, Filipino action-fantasy TV show
The Kung-fu Kids (1987 TV show), Taiwanese TV series produced by Kevin ChuFilmsKung-Fu Kid (鐵拳小子) (1995 film), Hong Kong film produced by Golden Harvest (see List of Golden Harvest productions)
Kung-Fu Kid (1994 film) aka Shaolin Heroes, Hong Kong chopsocky film
Shaolin Kung Fu Kids (笑林老祖) (1995 film), Hong Kong chopsocky film
Super Kung Fu Kid (小霸王) aka Karado: The Kung Fu Flash (1974 film), Hong Kong chopsocky film
The Kung-fu Kid (鐵拳小子) (1977 film), Hong Kong chopsocky film
Kung Fu Kid (カンフーくん) (2007 film), Japanese film
The Kung Fu Kid was a production title of the 2010 film The Karate Kid.OtherYoung Foo - The Kung Fu Kid, a storyline from the British comic book CrackerList of apocalyptic films
This is a list of apocalyptic feature-length films. All films within this list feature either the end of the world, a prelude to such an end (such as a world taken over by a viral infection), and/or a post-apocalyptic setting.Mark Ordesky
Mark Lowell Ordesky (born April 22, 1963) is an American film producer, television producer and studio executive. He is best known for executive producing the Oscar winning The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.Meera Menon
Meera Menon is an Indian–American director, writer, and editor. Her feature directorial debut, Farah Goes Bang, screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 and was awarded the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize by Tribeca and Vogue. She currently resides in Los Angeles.Ninja (comic book)
Ninja (Serbian: Ninđa or Nindža) was a comic book character published by Dečje novine (Gornji Milanovac, Yugoslavia). It was based on the popular pulp novel of the same name.Ocean Shores Video
Ocean Shores Video (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd.(Chinese: 海岸貢獻錄影 (香港) 有限公司 or Chinese: 海岸貢獻) is the home video division of Win's Entertainment (Hong Kong) Co Ltd. The company is owned by Television Broadcasts Limited the entertainment division of Panasonic, Pioneer and Philips was a Hong Kong based distributor of martial arts films in the 1980s.
Ocean Shores was a video company that ran major distribution rights to many of the biggest indie and later Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest movies. They concealed the rights to American releases of many classic chopsocky titles. And even had videos released in Europe under the inter-ocean label. They were never a film production company, just a video distributor. All their titles were released in full screen format suffering from bad cropping, like many of the videos released in the earlier era of video. None of their videos are cut and many feature dubbed soundtracks. These videos have become collectors items. They also had a short run of now very hard to get laserdiscs.
Ocean Shores Video was purchased by Win's Entertainment (Hong Kong) Co Ltd in 1990.
The company was founded in 1970 as Hong Kong Entertainment (Hong Kong) Co Ltd with the Beta and VHS label Diamond Entertainment (Hong Kong) Co Ltd in 1979 with the release of films on Beta and VHS including Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur. In late 1980 both the Laserdisc sister label U Best Laser World and the VHS/Beta label U Best Corporation (Hong Kong) Co Ltd were consolidated into a single entity Fitto Production (Hong Kong) Co Ltd alternating with the Charles Entertainment (Hong Kong) Co Ltd name until 1984. In 1990 with the 20th anniversary of Ocean Shores it became Ocean Shores Video (Hong Kong) Co Ltd alternating company vent by created added on new various company names including Win's Entertainment (Hong Kong) Co Ltd was launched since on 1990.
This company was the video distributor for Celestial Pictures titles until BoB and Partners (Hong Kong) Co Ltd was sold to Shaw Brothers Vision Enterprise (Hong Kong) Co Ltd/Golden Harvest Pictures (Hong Kong) Co Ltd in 2008 at which point Shaw Brothers took over distribution. After Golden Harvest sold BoB and Partners to Dentsu on 1 January 2008 Ocean Shores Video started distributing BoB and Partnerss films on video since on 1 January 2008.
In addition to DVDs, Ocean Shores was a major supporter of the HD DVD format until 1 January 2008 when Pioneer discontinued manufacturing of HD DVD players. Since 1 January 2008 Ocean Shores released Blu-ray discs; it was the last major Hollywood movie studio to do so. The label's first Blu-ray releases were Arti Sahabat films starting with Arti Sahabat The Moviein anaglyphic format on Beta and Video Home System (VHS) at Video Cassette Recorder (VCR) under on Sony Betamax.
On 30 December 2010, Ocean Shores Video acquired exclusive Indonesian rights to Arti Sahabat films starting with Arti Sahabat The Movie (co-production with Win's Entertainment (Hong Kong) Co Ltd)
Win's is the Hong Kong video distributor for STAR TV Filmed Entertainment (Hong Kong) Co Ltd releases and Media Asia Entertainment Group (Hong Kong) Co Ltd releases.Opera film
An opera film is a recording of an opera on film.Pyongyang Nalpharam
Pyongyang Nalpharam (Chosŏn'gŭl: 평양 날파람) is a 2006 North Korean film directed by Phyo Kwang and Maeng Cheol-min. It is a martial arts film set during the Japanese colonial rule of Korea. One of only two North Korean films released in 2006, it received ticket sales of 6 million cinema-goers in North Korea. Critics describe the film as "routine" and "adequate."Sons of the Tiger
The Sons of the Tiger are fictional characters, three martial arts heroes appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.
The Sons of the Tiger were three friends and martial arts students of Master Kee: Lin Sun, of Chinese ancestry, was the leader of the trio and adopted son of Master Kee; Abe Brown was an African American from the ghetto streets of Harlem; and Robert Diamond was a Caucasian Hollywood actor.Takuma Tsurugi
Takuma Tsurugi (剣琢磨, Tsurugi Takuma, referred as "Terry" Tsurugi in the U.S. dubbed version) is an amoral anti-hero in The Street Fighter film trilogy, played by Japanese actor Sonny Chiba. He is a martial arts expert and a mercenary for hire. As opposed to the many heroic protagonists portrayed in the chopsocky boom of the 1970s, Tsurugi is an amoral antihero who is not above committing wicked deeds in exchange for monetary rewards, although he possesses a strong sense of justice nonetheless.
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