looks badass- haven't seen it yet. I've decided to finally get a region free player-mainly because celesitial films is being too slow on releasing region 1 films, now only available on crappy, non-anamorphic transfers -if at all. I NEED "Five Fingers of Death/King Boxer".
I - my region free player was purchased almost exclusively for the IVL/Celestial Shaw flicks. They get my vote for best remastering ever - even topping the job done by Criterion.
Here is my review for BOXER'S OMEN:
Dir: Kuei Chih-Hung
Boxer's Omen is an unevenly paced film of questionable quality that contains within its 100-minute running time some of the most bizarre, disturbing, and truly jaw dropping sequences you will ever see. If the slow and dull parts of the film's narrative were half as grand, interesting and delusional as the great parts, Boxer's Omen would be a film for the ages, one that might even rival Jackson's Brain Dead and Jodorowsky's El Topo as a top tier mondo-movie. But as it stands, it is still mostly entertaining, highly disgusting, unintentionally hilarious, and downright absurd, even if the execution leaves a bit to be desired.
The narrative takes the traditional kung fu revenge motif, and substitutes the choreographed fighting sequences for duels of wizardry and sorcery, it is also a bit more complex than what I had been led to believe. The film opens with two sequences that focus on the eventual spiritual connection between the two main characters. The first sequence showcases a Thai boxing match between the barrel chested Bolo Yueng and his poor victim, err, I mean opponent. Yueng's victim gets pummeled in the ring, and is painfully paralyzed; he then asks his Thai-boxing brother, Kao, to revenge him. Kao begins having strange visions, and is soon drawn to a Buddhist temple in Thailand.
The sequence that runs parallel to this focuses on a Buddhist monk on the cusp of reaching enlightenment. While in a state of deep meditation, the monk is attacked by a black-magic wizard, and is brought to the brink death. In order to save himself, he puts his body in a kind of cocoon, and sits and waits for someone who can help him. We soon find that Kao and the monk have shared past lives, and their present lives are entangled, and in danger - they have been cursed! For both to live, and for Kao to revenge his brother and for the monk to reach enlightenment, they must join forces and kill a trio of evil black-magic wizards.
Boxer's Omen is constructed around four or five key sequences - legendary sequences that almost defy description. Within these incredibly messed up â€œactionâ€