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The Ching Dynasty has placed secret agents and informants amongt those who resist The Ching Rulership, they will slaughter any real or perceived threat to their rule. After The Ching kill his family, young “Iron” hides out at The Shaolin Temple-first as a food stealing refugee; and then as a student. Eventually he excels in his studies enough to return home and seek out revenge. Prior to all of this, he was just an irresponsible kid drinking and gambling every day; but reality has struck hard and swiftly. Now Iron must learn how to rise above the outside world and rose to higher levels of consciousness. In the process, “Iron” will have to overcome his own demons-plus face off with jealous monks, Fung Kong, Captain Pa, Captain Ti, and General in the process. To do so, he must also master the difficult to learn-but highly effective Monkey Fist Style of Kung Fu from The Bitter Monk. There are a lot of jewels here; and the action is magnificent!! Wu-Tang Lovers will peep some ill samples used in the intro to The Wu Tang Clan’s third album “The W” on “Chamber Music.” Among other luminaries of the Shaolin Kung Fu Genre, “Iron Monkey” stars Chen Kuan-Tai, Ka Yan (Bryan) Leung, and Kuan Jiun Chi.
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Universally known more than anything for his portrayal of the character "Goldie" in the 1973 classic film "The Mack," Max Julien is an Iconic Cult Hero that has went on to distinguish himself as a Writer, Director, Producer and Sculptor for over 40 years now. Max Julien started his career as a classically trained actor, working the Off Broadway scene in New York City. Originally from Washington D.C., he would then move to California and garner co-starring roles alongside Jack Nicholson in "Psych-Out" and Candace Bergen in "Getting Straight." Other credits include "The Black Klansman" in 1966 and "Uptight" in 1968. Having now built up a name for himself as an up & coming talent, Max Julien took his skills to Europe-where he would begin writing, directing and even producing (all things rarely allowed for Black Filmmakers in America at that time). Max wrote and directed the documentary "Trestevre," and then co-produced the popular 1973 classic "Cleopatra Jones." In 1974 Julien would take advantage of the popularity and success of "The Mack" and "Cleopatra Jones" (both released in 1973) and would change gears to write, produce & star in "Thomasine & Bushrod." In "Thomasine & Bushrod" max Julien was paired with the lovely Vonetta McGee. This was a Action western themed around a Black Bonnie and Clyde, and was directed by the legendary Gordon Parks. after 1974 Max Julien seemingly disappeared from films; but would release a novel entitled "Dark Clowns Kickin' Ass" and would have his art sculptures featured in galleries all over the country. in the early 1990's Julien would return to film, writing and directing "Sketches Of A Man: The Charles Drew Story" and would gain international acclaim for writing, directing and starring in the West African film "Sangu, The Silent One." back in The U.S., Max Julien would do featured cameo roles in Def Jam's 1997 film "How To Be A Player" plus several other films, TV Shows and Music Videos. Today he continues to remain a fixture of Pop Culture-known to pop up in videos and songs every few years-and is said to be writing his biography. "The Mack" currently ranks at #19 on Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies List; and his work has been sampled/inspired more Hip Hop songs and movies than we could even begin to try counting. #SaluteThePioneers
"DR. BLACK, MR. HYDE" 1976
"Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde" is a slightly humorous 1976 Black Exploitation Era Horror flick from the same director that brought us "Blacula" in 1972. The movie tells the story of Dr. Henry Pride, who operates a Free Health Clinic in Watts, and is seeking to come up with a cure for Liver Disease. Initially testing his serum on mice, he eventually becomes frustrated and desires to take his work further (and this is where the fun begins). Highly reminiscent of the story of Yacub, Dr. Pride watches as his previously Brown mouse mutates/turns pale white and becomes violent with all within its immediate circumference. The same repeats once he injects a dying patient with the same drug concoction. When said patient dies the next morning, the good doctor then begins injecting himself, and mutates into this uncontrollable pale monster that begins wreaking havoc in the community-culminating in a fantastic finale at The Watt's Towers.
Like many of the better movies of this era, "Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde" including its fair share of Beautiful sistas, Pimps, prostitution, Poverty, doing good in The Community, Exploitation From Those Outside Of The Black Community and more. The film also features several familiar faces, including Bernie Casey, Rosalind Cash, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Stu Gilliam, and more...
"BLACK HEAT" 1976
"Black Heat" is a Gritty 1976 Black Exploitation Era Film that follows the efforts of "Kicks Carter," as he fights to save The Black Community from a gang engaging in Sex-Trafficking, Gambling & Weapons Smuggling. Not a lot of familiar faces in this one; but just the presence of the lovely Tanya Boyd (Days Of Our Lives, Black Shampoo, Ilsa-Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks, and just about every Black TV Show that aired in the 70's-80's & 90's) is reason alone to sit back and enjoy.
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"THE BLACK KLANSMAN" 1966
Jerry Ellsworth's young daughter is savagely killed, when the local Ku Klux Clan fire-bombs a church in response to new Civil Rights Legislation passed; and Jerry wants Revenge. Possessing the then-coveted ability to pass for White, Jerry uses it to his advantage & infiltrates The Klan to carry out his plan. Released in 1966, "The Black Klansman" aka "I Crossed The Color Line" hits right on target with its examination of many of the challenges & attitudes faced during The Civil Rights Movement Era. You'll see several very familiar faces in this movie, including Max Julien (Goldie from "The Mack"), Whitman Mayo (Grady from "Sanford & Son"), & Veteran Character Actress Frances E. Williams. Comments & Feedback Welcome. Enjoy…
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