This is a podcast devoted to anything and everything martial arts, but specifically Kung Fu movies and the American martial arts flicks we grew up watching and loving. Hosted by super fans A.J. Richardi and Gavin Kelley, this show will be a combination of interviews, critiques, and audio commentaries for movies that are easily accessible and streamable for listeners. Logo courtesy of The Union Designs
Jackie Chan Cinema: Heart of Dragon
New episode alert! This week, Gavin and I discuss the Jackie Chan starring, Sammo Hung directed, ‘Heart of Dragon.’ This atypical entry in the golden era of Hong Kong action cinema adapts a more serious tone, while simultaneously tackling the sensitive subject matter of adults with intellectual disabilities. A family drama, social commentary, and hard-boiled cop thriller all rolled into one, this picture manages to succeed where others could have easily failed. This is in part due to both the stellar direction of Sammo Hung, as well as his nuanced performance as Jackie’s mentally challenged brother. Listen in as we break down this truly unique film, discussing: the fantastic performances of our leading actors, the artistic production choices, and the absolutely phenomenal action sequences on display. Don’t forget to subscribe, download and share with your friends! Thanks again for your continued support!
Our Top 5 Cynthia Rothrock Films!
We’re back! This time around, we’ve got an AWESOME list for you… our Top 5 Cynthia Rothrock films! This was no easy task, as we set ourselves a lot of caveats as to which films could qualify for our picks! Listen in as we discuss the storied career of “the Lady Dragon” herself, a pioneer in the world of Kung Fu cinema and one of the greatest martial arts stars of all time! Which ones made our list? Which ones didn’t? Well, you’ll have to tune in to find out! Don’t forget to subscribe, download and share with your friends! Thanks for the continued support as always. We had a lot of fun recording this one, and we hope you enjoy!
Return to the New Beverly Cinema!
New episode alert! Gavin and I are BACK! This time around, we talk about the epic, double Kung Fu screening we attended last week at the New Beverly Cinema! We got a double dose of hardcore, Japanese inspired, Hong Kong cinema. First up was the ‘Seven Samurai’ remake, aptly titled ‘Seven Warriors’, directed by Terry Tong & Sammo Hung (allegedly), featuring an ensemble cast including: Adam Cheng, Tony Leung, Max Mok, Jackie Cheung, Benny Lam, Lo Lieh and many more! Second up, was the ‘Shogun’s Samurai’ inspired, Frankie Chan directed, gangster epic ‘Burning Ambition’. Listen in as we breakdown these two amazing features, including the sweeping, heroic nature of ‘Seven Warriors’ and the balls to the wall madness of ‘Burning Ambition’. We also discuss training with our Sensei Peter ‘Sugarfoot’ Cunningham, the disastrous consequences of a Godfrey Ho edit, and Gavin’s amazing Spanish skills! Don’t forget to subscribe, like, download and share with your friends! Thanks again for your continued support and we hope you enjoy!
New episode alert! It’s been a little while, but Gavin and I are officially back! This week we talk about an underrated 90’s martial arts classic- The Quest! Directed by and starring the muscles from Brussels himself, Mr. Jean-Claude Van Damme! This Bloodsport inspired period piece checks off all the boxes for an entertaining, popcorn action flick! A cool international setting? Check. A diverse cast of martial artists from all different styles, from all over the world? Check. Most importantly though… A ton of high quality fight scenes? DOUBLE CHECK. Listen in as we discuss what makes this movie great, what we have been up to recently, and the future of the podcast! You can listen to the Martial Arts Mania Podcast on Soundcloud, Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Don’t forget to subscribe, download, like, and share with your friends! Thanks again for the support!
Above the Law
New episode alert!!!! We’re back, and this time around, we are discussing the debut picture of one of the biggest martial arts stars of all time! The notorious, bone-breaking, accent changing, aikido phenomenon himself- Steven Seagal! That’s right, this week we tackle the Andrew Davis directed, 1988 action classic- ABOVE THE LAW aka Nico. Listen in as we discuss our experiences with this film, our appreciation for Seagal’s early entries in the action film genre and the current status of the powerful, ponytailed, part-timed lawman. Don’t forget to subscribe, download, like and share with your friends! Thanks again for the continued support!
Enter the Dragon
New episode alert! This week Gavin and I are back with a VERY special episode. This time around, we are talking about my favorite movie of all time… ENTER THE DRAGON! Listen in as we break down this Bruce Lee classic, why it is special to us, and more importantly, why it is so significant in the overall history and development of cinema. If you haven’t seen it before, do yourself and favor and go and buy the Criterion Collection Bruce Lee boxset, where you will be treated to this film and much, much more! Don’t forget to subscribe, download, like and share with your friends! Thanks again for the continued support!
These guys do a great job. Top tier knowledge on a very niche and exciting topic. Check it out!
Great storyteller! I’ve enjoyed the listen!
So fun to hear the stories and insights!!
Great podcast for martial arts fans
I am a huge martial arts fan and I love this podcast.