Two Taoist Tales (Taoism Drunkard + Young Taoism Fighter) (Special Edition) (Blu-ray)

SKU: EKV70543

Price:
$ 39.99

Description

In the wake of Encounter of the Spooky Kind, the Hong Kong film industry launched headlong into a prolific genre cycle that drew upon taoist folklore. Popular throughout the 1980s and into the next decade, these films combined elements of horror, fantasy, comedy and martial arts as they pit their protagonists against hopping vampires, vengeful ghosts and evil sorcerers. Here, Eureka Classics is proud to present two of the most mind-bending tales of taoist magic ever committed to film: Taoism Drunkard and Young Taoism Fighter!

Directed by and starring Yuen Cheung-yan (The Miracle Fighters), Taoism Drunkard follows a man with a love for wine who accidentally damages a sacred statue. To atone for this blunder, he is asked by an enraged taoist priest (Hsiao Hou-tao) to find a virginal boy (Yuen Yat-chor) to aid in defending his temple from a demonic sorcerer (Yuen Shun-yi). Then, in Young Taoism Fighter (directed by Police Story's Chen Chi-hwa), a practitioner of taoist kung fu (Yuen Yat-chor) manages to separate his soul from his body before teaming up with a vengeful young woman (Hilda Liu Hao-yi) to take on a sinister sorcerer (Kwan Chung) and the evil leader of a rival kung fu school (Yen Shi-kwan).

Filled with imagery both fantastical and thrilling - not least Taoism Drunkard's banana monster - and featuring some of the most jaw-droppingly inventive fight sequences in the history of martial arts cinema, Taoism Drunkard and Young Taoism Fighter are cult classics from the celebrated Yuen Clan that need to be seen to be believed. Both films are presented on Blu-ray for the first time ever from brand new 2K restorations.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Both films presented in 1080p HD from brand new 2K restorations
  • Original Cantonese audio and optional English dub tracks (original mono presentations)
  • Optional English subtitles, newly translated for this release
  • Brand new audio commentaries on both films by East Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival)
  • Brand new audio commentaries on both films by action cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
  • Brand new interview with director and actor Yuen Cheung-yan
  • Brand new interview with critic Andrew Heskins (easternKicks)
  • Trailers
  • A limited edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Southeast Asian horror expert Dr. Katarzyna Ancuta, and Daniel O’Brien, author of Spooky Encounters
  • Limited edition O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling

ACTORS: Yuen Cheung-yan, Yuen Yat-chor
DIRECTOR: Yuen Cheung-yan, Chen Chi-hwa

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

SKU: EKV70543
UPC /Barcode: 760137162612
Street Date: 9/24/24
Color, RT: 91 min
Language: Cantonese / Chinese
Subtitles: English
Year: 1984
Audio: 2.0 Stereo
MPAA Rating: NR

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