88 FILMS BLU RAY RELEASE: Martial Club (1981)

Released in the U.S. as Instructors of DeathMartial Club is from director Lau Kar Leung (The 36th Chamber of ShaolinThe 8 Diagram Pole Fighter) and stars Gordon Liu as Wong Fei Hung, the legendary hero who was also the inspiration for the movies Drunken Master and Once Upon a Time in China.

His father, Wong Kei Ying runs one well-respected kung fu school while the Chan school also provides a good example to aspiring martial artists. Wang Yin-Lin (Te-Lo Mai), a student from the Chan school, has a friendly rivalry with Wong Kei Yung that is tested when a third school — one not as clean-cut — brings a guest martial artist in and convinces them that the good schools are evil and, as they say, hijinks ensue. And seeing as how Master Shan Hsiung is played by Lung-Wei Wang, there is bound to be a big fight between the leads.

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88 Films blu ray release of Martial Club offers an HD transfer from the original negative, as well as commentary by Asian cinema expert Frank Djeng and actor/martial Artist Michael Worth. There’s another supplemental commentary with Djeng, a grindhouse presentation of the U.S. Instructors of Death version of the movie, interviews with Robert Ma, Johnny Wang, producer Larence Wong, stuntmen Hung Sun-Nam and Tony Tam, a Hong Kong trailer, the Instructors of Death trailer and a reversible sleeve featuring original Hong Kong poster artwork and new art by R.P. “Kung Fu Bob” O’Brien. There’s also a limited edition collector’s book with behind the scenes photos and writing by Barry Forshaw. You can get this blu ray from MVD.

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