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Exploring the history and films of Hong Kong's Shaw Brothers Studios, as well as the history of Spaghetti Western films!!

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Exploring the history and films of Hong Kong's Shaw Brothers Studios, as well as the history of Spaghetti Western films!!

    The East Meets the West Ep. 13 - Primer Episode Part 1

    The East Meets the West Ep. 13 - Primer Episode Part 1

    This episode is not going to be our usual one in which we take a deep dive first into a Shaw Brothers film, then a Spaghetti Western movie. This episode is a primer intended for new listeners, as well as helping current listeners bone up on their Shaw and Spaghetti movies, or even to maybe clarify things that weren't clear before. Patsy and I are joined by two experts on both Shaw and Spaghetti: John Grace from Midnight Movie Cowboys and a man known only as Sevenhooks!
    We discuss actors, directors, and writers that we've only talked about on the show so far, but there will be some mention of ones that we didn't. We had such an enjoyable and informative conversation that it was well over three and a half hours! Therefore, we've split it into two parts, for your enjoyment! We also revisit the first four movies covered in Episode 1 & 2, since Patsy was not present for those: 5 Deadly Venoms, Stranger and the Gunfighter, Crippled Avengers, and Django!
    Even if you're a long time listener, you won't want to miss this one because there is a lot of information imparted here that we haven't discussed on the show before! Enjoy!

    John can be found at: http://www.midnightmoviecowboys.com

    This episode is sponsored by Deadly Grounds Coffee "Its good to get a little Deadly" https://deadlygroundscoffee.com.
    Dork Merch Available now on Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/dorkshirts

    Patsy the Angry Nerd and his podcasts can be found at throwdownthursdaypodcast.com.
    Facebook groups: Throwdown Thursday and Lo udest Sports Show.
    Youtube: Throwdown Thursday Podcast
    His book, "How Much Do You Tip an Exorcist", can be found at:
    https://tinyurl.com/dze4mjdp
    The East Meets the West is not only on every podcasting app including iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher, but also can be found at these links:
    Website: havenpodcasts.com
    YouTube: youtube.com/user/uncledeath1
    Join in on the discussion at our Facebook Page
    Email: theeastmeetsthewest42@gmail.com
    Enjoy!
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    • 1 hr 47 min
    The East Meets the West Ep. 12 – The Flag of Iron (1980) & My Name Is Nobody (1973)

    The East Meets the West Ep. 12 – The Flag of Iron (1980) & My Name Is Nobody (1973)

    We continue to dive further into the Venom Mob films of the Shaw Brothers, and Terence Hill's Spaghetti Western legacy. The Venoms films are hitting their stride like a well oiled machine, and Terence Hill gives a similar performance to that of the character Trinity, but is so good at it that it leaves you wanting more! Patsy the Angry nerd and I had a lot of fun covering today's films.
    This episode we discuss The Flag of Iron (1980) - When the virtuous Iron Flag Clan are ambushed by the Eagle Clan, the Flags' leader is assassinated by a paid killer known as the Spearman, the eldest brother Chao Feng becomes the head of the Flags. However, the Eagles' leader is also killed in the melee and the remainder of the Eagle clan go to the police about the death of their leader – forcing the police to at least appear to take action. To save the Flag clan, brother Lo takes the fall and agrees to go into exile. Upon learning that the Flags have taken over the Eagles and are perhaps more corrupt than the Eagles ever were, Lo vows to return home along with some help, and fix things once and for all.
    And we discussed the Spaghetti Western, My Name is Nobody (1973), starring the aforementioned Terence Hill and instead of Bud Spencer, this time he's teamed with the legendary Hollywood icon, Henry Fonda! Fonda plays an aging gunslinger who is just looking to retire until he meets Hill who is just referred to as “Nobody” and worships the oldster. Nobody explains that Beauregard (Fonda) can't just fade away into obscurity, but needs to go out in style! Surprisingly, this was an idea by Sergio Leone, (who also produced it) and is a comedy. We go into great depth on this film, peeling away the layers of another picture that attempts to “deconstruct” the Spaghetti Western genre...this time by the guy who practically invented it!

    The Flag of Iron DVD can be found at:
    https://tinyurl.com/FlagOfIronDVD

    My Name is Nobody is currently streaming on Amazon Prime (as of 6/10/21).

    This episode is sponsored by Deadly Grounds Coffee "Its good to get a little Deadly" https://deadlygroundscoffee.com.
    Dork Merch Available now on Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/dorkshirts

    Patsy the Angry Nerd and his podcasts can be found at throwdownthursdaypodcast.com.
    Facebook groups: Throwdown Thursday and Loudest Sports Show.
    Youtube: Throwdown Thursday Podcast
    His book, "How Much Do You Tip an Exorcist", can be found at:
    https://tinyurl.com/dze4mjdp
    The East Meets the West is not only on every podcasting app including iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher, but also can be found at these links:

    Website: havenpodcasts.com
    YouTube: youtube.com/user/uncledeath1
    Join in on the discussion at our Facebook Page
    Email: theeastmeetsthewest42@gmail.com
    Enjoy!

    Re-Gor

    • 2 hr 36 min
    The East Meets the West Ep. 11 – 2 Champions of Shaolin (1980) & Trinity is Still My Name (1971)

    The East Meets the West Ep. 11 – 2 Champions of Shaolin (1980) & Trinity is Still My Name (1971)

    On today's episode, Patsy the Angry Nerd and I discuss a couple of really good ones: 2 Champions of Shaolin from the Shaw Brothers, and the Spaghetti Western, Trinity is Still My Name with Terence Hill and Bud Spencer.
    In Champions, Two young warriors from the Ming loyalist Shaolin Clan are engaged in a deadly secret mission that could bring down the Qing empire. The Venoms are back except for Philip Kwok who sat this one out, but helped with the fight choreography.
    In Trinity, Bambino tries to teach his brother Trinity how to become an outlaw, but the two wind up saving a pioneer family and breaking up an arms ring instead. This movie is hilarious and a must see!
    We also get into some discussion about the Drive-In Super Monster Rama, as well as some correspondence, so check it out!
    Trinity is Still My Name is available on Amazon Prime. The DVD of 2 Champions of Shaolin can be found here:
    https://classickungfumovies.com/products/two-champions-of-shaolin?_pos=1&_sid=7b6e0553a&_ss=r
    (The East Meets the West is in no way affiliated with Amazon Prime or classickungfumovies.com)

    Ox-Head and Horse-Face:
    https://tinyurl.com/ph56xa6b

    Slaps and Beans game:
    https://store.steampowered.com/app/564050/Bud_Spencer__Terence_Hill__Slaps_And_Beans/

    Bus Uncle viral video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsYRQkmVifg

    Discussion about the Bus Uncle video:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bus_Uncle
    The article mentions that the wife of the owner of the Steak Expert restaurant chain attempted to overdose on drugs because of this incident. She was actress Lin Chan Chi, mentioned in the correspondence.

    This episode is sponsored by Deadly Grounds Coffee "Its good to get a little Deadly" https://deadlygroundscoffee.com
    Dork Merch Available now on Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/dorkshirts

    Patsy the Angry Nerd and his podcasts can be found at throwdownthursdaypodcast.com.
    Facebook groups: Throwdown Thursday and Lo udest Sports Show.
    Youtube: Throwdown Thursday Podcast
    His book, "How Much Do You Tip an Exorcist", can be found at:
    https://tinyurl.com/dze4mjdp

    The East Meets the West is not only on every podcasting app including iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher, but also can be found at these links:
    Website: havenpodcasts.com
    YouTube: youtube.com/user/uncledeath1
    Join in on the discussion at our Facebook Page
    Email: theeastmeetsthewest42@gmail.com
    Enjoy!
    Re-Gor

    • 1 hr 17 min
    The East Meets the West Ep. 10 - Shaolin Hellgate (1980) and They Call Me Trinity (1970)

    The East Meets the West Ep. 10 - Shaolin Hellgate (1980) and They Call Me Trinity (1970)

    The parallels between Shaw Brothers films and Spaghetti Westerns continues to amaze us! Through no conscious intent, both films we cover on today's episode delve into religion as a major theme throughout.
    In the Shaw Brothers film, Shaolin Hellgate (aka Heaven and Hell - 1980) guest starring The Venoms, we find a psychedelic mashup of a bunch of things, but to simplify it, it's like West Side Story meets Dante's Inferno! It's a crazy trip through Heaven, Earth, and Hell and Patsy and I had fun scratching our heads trying to figure it out! Lee Yi Min stars as one of Heaven's guards exiled to Earth for helping a couple elope, and ends up in Hell where he must gather a team of honest wrongdoers (as opposed to evildoers) so they can fight their way out of Hell.
    On the Spaghetti Western side, since we've covered Terence Hill and Bud Spencer's first trilogy, we not dive into their next two films, starting with They Call me Trinity (1970). Hill and Spencer are excellent in what is undoubtedly one of the best Spaghetti Westerns we've covered so far! Terence Hill stars as a lazy, unorthodox gunfighter and Bud Spencer plays his portly, horse-thieving brother. Together, they must defend a Mormon settlement from a land-grabbing Major, a Mexican bandit, and their henchmen! A fun, if offbeat, double feature!
    As of this posting, They Call Me Trinity is on Amazon Prime. Shaolin Hellgate (aka Heaven and Hell) is available at:

    https://classickungfumovies.com/products/heaven-and-hell-a-k-a-shaolin-hell-gate-1979?_pos=1&_sid=ca2d10b39&_ss=r
    (The East Meets the West is in no way affiliated with Amazon Prime or classickungfumovies.com)
    Patsy the Angry Nerd and his podcasts can be found at throwdownthursdaypodcast.com.
    The East Meets the West is now a proud member of The Dorkening Podcast Network, so check out all the great shows at thedorkening.com!
    The East Meets the West is not only on every podcasting app including iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher, but also can be found at these links:

    Website: havenpodcasts.com
    YouTube: youtube.com/user/uncledeath1
    Join in on the discussion at our Facebook Page
    Email: theeastmeetsthewest42@gmail.com
    Enjoy!

    Re-Gor

    • 1 hr 38 min
    The East Meets the West Ep. 9 – Shaolin Daredevils and Boot Hill

    The East Meets the West Ep. 9 – Shaolin Daredevils and Boot Hill

    On today's episode, Patsy the Angry Nerd and I discuss the Shaw Brothers film, Shaolin Daredevils (aka The Daredevils) from 1979 another Chang Cheh directed film which once again unites all of the Venom Mob, and the Spaghetti Western, Boot Hill (1969) – the third in the trilogy directed by Guiseppe Colizzi and Starring Terence Hill and Bud Spencer who reprise their roles as Cat and Hutch.
    Through no purposeful planning, we are finding more and more similarities between Spaghetti Westerns and Shaw Brothers films! Both of today's movies involve acrobatics of some kind – performance by the Venom Mob as they attempt to get revenge for one of their fallen brothers, and through the circus performers that are at the heart of Boot Hill.
    So if you can find these films and watch them before listening to this episode, we heartily recommend it.
    As of this posting, Boot Hill is on Amazon Prime. But do not be fooled by Prime's listing of Shaolin Daredevils under the simple title, Daredevils. The only authentic version of the film in question was found available at:
    https://classickungfumovies.com/products/daredevils-of-kung-fu-aka-the-daredevils-1979?_pos=1&_sid=f9b8d2684&_ss=r
    (The East Meets the West is in no way affiliated with Amazon Prime or classickungfumovies.com)

    Patsy the Angry Nerd and his podcasts can be found at throwdownthursdaypodcast.com.
    The East Meets the West is now a proud member of The Dorkening Podcast Network, so check out all the great shows at thedorkening.com!
    The East Meets the West is not only on every podcasting app including iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher, but also can be found at these links:
    Website: havenpodcasts.com
    YouTube: youtube.com/user/uncledeath1
    Join in on the discussion at our Facebook Page
    Email: theeastmeetsthewest42@gmail.com
    Enjoy!
    Re-Gor

    • 1 hr 25 min
    The East Meets the West Ep. 8 - Magnificent Ruffians and Ace High

    The East Meets the West Ep. 8 - Magnificent Ruffians and Ace High

    On today's episode, Patsy the Angry Nerd and I cover the Shaw Brothers film, The Magnificent Ruffians from 1979, once again uniting all of the Venom Mob; and Ace High from 1968, the sequel to God Forgives...I don't, starring Terence Hill and Bud Spencer who reprise their roles as Cat and Hutch.
    In Magnificent Ruffians, a cruel Kung-Fu Master, living in the early 20th century, when Kung-Fu warriors became scarce due to modern weaponry, lures 4 Kung Fu masters to his house so that he can trick them into killing his rival, then ultimately killing them! A fast paced, fun movie!
    In Ace High, Cat and Hutch return and tangle with the wily Eli Wallach (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly), who has stolen their money that they acquired in the first film, and is giving it away while on his own path of vengeance upon the men who framed him for murder 15 years prior.
    Patsy and I had some great belly laughs as we discussed these films, and we hope you find this episode entertaining and informative!
    Patsy the Angry Nerd and his podcasts can be found at throwdownthursdaypodcast.com.
    The East Meets the West is now a proud member of The Dorkening Podcast Network, so check out all the great shows at thedorkening.com!
    The East Meets the West is not only on every podcasting app including iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher, but also can be found at these links:

    Website: havenpodcasts.com
    YouTube: youtube.com/user/uncledeath1
    Join in on the discussion at our Facebook Page
    Email: theeastmeetsthewest42@gmail.com
    Enjoy!
    Re-Gor

    • 2 hr 2 min

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A great start!

Can’t wait for more episodes! Shaw Bros and Spaghetti Westerns forever!

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