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Last Hurrah For Chivalry & Hand Of Death: Two Films By John Woo (Eureka Classics)*****

Cert 18 | 202 mins | 1976-1979

5 Star

John Woo Magic.

He writes them and he directs them, John Woo (Wu Yu Sheng, John Y.S. Woo) (A Better Tomorrow, The Killer, Hard Boiled, Broken Arrow), a man of many names and a master of his craft of action and drama with Martial Arts and swordplay dominating these two films. Mastering his style in Hong Kong before making a splash in Hollywood. With the Eureka Classics package.

In chronological order the first is Hand of Death (Shao Lin men). Set during the Qing Dynasty, the Shaolin disciples are hunted down by the ruthless Shih Shao-Feng (James Tien, The Big Boss, Vengeance of a Snowgirl) who wants every single one of them put to the sword. Hidden away on a mountain there is a Shaolin training camp and they all study together. Their best student Yun Fei (Tao-Liang Tan, Tornado of Pearl River, Fists to Kill) is charged with killing him and he vows not to return until he succeeds.

But Shih Shao-Feng has surrounded himself with powerful bodyguards as well as being a master of Martial Arts in his own right. So when Yun Fei finds out that he cannot defeat Shih by himself, he must find allies in the form of Tan Feng (Jackie Chan as Chan Yuan Lung), Jackie Chan’s Police Story & Police Story 2, Jackie Chan’s PROJECT A & PROJECT A PART II, City Hunter, Wheels on Meals), a blacksmith with a debt to settle and a swordsman that refuses to draw his sword.

Last Hurrah for Chivalry

A story of revenge and a blade and what someone will do to attain that blade, with vengeance, treachery and mass deaths. This pair of films show the expertise of these Martial Arts masters and the legend that is John Woo.

A must for any Martial Arts fan and any who love what John Woo can do.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

Stunning 1080p presentation of both films on Blu-ray, from brand new 2K restorations
Cantonese, Mandarin and English audio options
Optional English subtitles
Brand new audio commentaries on both Last Hurrah for Chivalry and Hand of Death, by martial-arts cinema authority Mike Leeder
Archival interviews with director John Woo
Trailers for both films
Reversible inlay featuring original poster artwork
Limited Edition Collector s booklet featuring new writing by film writer Matthew Thrift [First 2000 copies only]

DirectorJohn WOO
GenreAction, Drama, Martial Arts
StarringJackie CHAN, Sammo HUNG, Pai WEI, Damian LAU, Tao-Liang TAN
Available to buy on : Own Last Hurrah For Chivalry & Hand Of Death: Two Films By John Woo (Eureka Classics) Blu-ray on Blu-Ray
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