Sunday, July 09, 2006


Yesterday I bought a movie called Shaolin v. Ninja. The plot is kind of hard to follow, mostly because the dubbing is so random that the same voice appears to be used for more than one character per scene. Of course, we all know that in a movie called Shaolin v. Ninja, the "plot" is merely the device to (semi)logically get you from one martial arts fight to the next. I am lead to believe that to this extent Martial Arts movies and certain "adult" movies are similarly constructed. Or so I am told.

In any case, the fight scenes in this movie were great because they highlighted two of the great martial arts styles fighting head-to-head. Shaolin looks like the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon-type fighting, while ninjas are, well, ninjas. The movie did teach me something I did not expect. Namely, if given a chioce between fighting like a Shaolin monk and having a ninja sword, take the monk-style. Those swords appear to be vastly overrated.

The movie also made me think about other fantastic combinations. You know, peanut butter and chocolate. How about King Kong versus Godzilla? Then, of course, there is the entire Abbott & Costello body of work with Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. And, of course, the ultimate. Alien versus Predator.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck Norris would have kicked all of their asses!!!

8:30 AM  

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