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Jackie's first starring role for Lo Wei studios. He was called back from Australia where he had gone after trying his luck in the Hong Kong movie industry as a stunt man. (Jackie is a stunt man in a couple of Bruce Lee movies) Lo Wei was looking for someone to replace Bruce Lee after his sudden death. It was Jackie's big opportunity, but it almost didn't succeed because they clearly didn't know how to use him. He was cast in parts that completely overlooked his amazing talents as a choreographer and comedian. Luckily for all of us, he was later lent to another studio and that made all the difference. (More about that another time.)
WOODEN MEN OF SHAOLIN (1976) ¤ÖªL¤ì¤H«Ñ
AKA: SHAOLIN CHANBER OF DEATH/YOUNG TIGER'S REVENGE/100 SHAOLIN WOODEN MEN
One of my favorites of the early ones. If you have seen some of the recent rip-offs of Jackie's movies by unscrupulous video distributors, you will recognize scenes that were lifted from this movie.
THE KILLER METEORS (1976) ·«BÂù¬y¬P
Although nominally made for Lo Wei, this movie was not really done as much for Lo Wei, as with and for Jimmy Wong (Wang) Yu, who requested Jackie be in this movie. From the time Jackie started playing leading roles, this is the first and only time he played a bad guy. This is also the first of three movies Jackie made with and for Wong Yu. The others are Fantasy Mission Force and Island of Fire. These are top contenders for three of the worse movies ever made by anyone! IMHO (Why did Jackie make these movies? He talks a little about it in the fan club's video of the Australia visit.) To show you what they thought about it after it was made, according to all reports, this movie, unlike one or two others, never had a theatrical release not even after Jackie became a huge success.
TO KILL WITH INTRIGUE (1977) ¼Cªá·Ï«B¦¿«n
Although Jackie these days doesn't often use women as fighters in his movies, in his early ones he frequently got beaten up by women fighters. This may well be one of the ones that convinced him to stay away from them.
SNAKE & CRANE ARTS OF SHAOLIN (1977)
Although Jackie never shaved his head to play in these early kung-fu movies, he does get to wear a ponytail. Authenticity down to the last detail is not a major consideration in these movies.
MAGNIFICENT BODYGUARDS (1977) ¸´ç±²¶³¤s
Filmed originally in 3-D this movie has recently been released in a subtitiled version. I don't have it yet, and I have not heard any reports so far on the quality. The 3-D effects are slight in the previous subtitiled version from Ocean Shores that I have seen and mainly consists of the ends of poles and other weapons being shown in unusually close angles from time to time.