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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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"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…
"It's Their Paper; So, It Must Be True."
"ABAR: THE BLACK SUPERMAN"
Billed as "The First Black Science Fiction Movie," 1977's "Abar: Black Superman" serves more as a strong social Commentary piece to me. Black Superman begins with two California Housewives discussing the pending arrival of their new neighbors. Hit with shock & horror-as they find out that the "successful doctor with a beautiful family" was a Black Family.
"They don't look like servants to me Mabel." "You don't think the agent sold to niggers do you?"
still convinced that this could not be, they introduce themselves to the Kincade Family's Maid & chauffeur-only to receive confirm that Dr & Mrs Kincade are indeed Black! LMAO. The ladies Spazz out-along with the community. A small scale riot/Protest breaks out, as the citizens begin to worry about their property values & every sort of stereotype they could imagine. The Kincade Family is approached with offers to buy them out, threatened with building codes, protests on their lawn, and anything that might Get them out! things get quiet when The Black Front Of Unity shows up & plants a Red Black & Green Flag in the yard; but not for long. The harassment continues to escalate into outright violence; but the B.F.U. is never far away.
Abar: Black Superman provides a rarely told commentary on the history of integration, as the Kincade Family catches hell from both sides. Black people look at them as Sell-Outs for moving out of the Black Community; and White People look at them as Savages. How far will each side go to defend their position? What kind of Divine Force could intervene & make this right? I guess you will have to watch. My favorite scene involves young Tommie Kincade's Cool Black Cowboy fantasy. This is a surprising good movie-especially for the era in which it was released. Probably the core reason why so few have heard of this movie.
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