ARROW BLU RAY RELEASE: Warriors Two (1978)

Sammo Hung made his directorial debut with The Iron-Fisted Monk and was ready to show more of who he was with this, his second film. Starring Casanova Wong as Cashier Hua and Hung as his friend Fat Chun, this is what happens when Hua is left for dead after discovering a conspiracy against the mayor. Chun tells his friend that if he wants to stay alive, he must study the fighting style Wing Chun from Master Leung Tsan (Bryan Leung Kar-Yan).

Master Tsan is a doctor and master of Wing Chun who can trace his martial arts lineage all the way back to the style’s founder. What’s amazing is that Wing Chun has at least eight different distinct lineages and each of those have their own origins. Those eight schools are based on the teachings of Ip Man, Yuen Kay-shan, Gu Lao Village, Nanyang / Cao Dean, Pan Nam, Pao Fa Lien, Hung Suen / Hung Gu Biu, Jee Shim and Weng Chun. We will never know the true origins of the fighting art, as the skills, movements and even history were shared from teacher to student by voice only. Nothing was in writing, as it was connected to anti-Qing rebellion and must remain in the shadows.

Tsan does what we expect from a martial arts movie. He makes Hua go through a series of training sessions to become a fighting expert, but will he learn enough in time,  what with the men who tried to kill him before still searching for him?

The final battle proves that yes, he knows enough.

The Arrow blu ray release of Warriors Two has 2K restorations from the original elements by Fortune Star of both the original Hong Kong theatrical cut and the shorter export cut. You can listen to two different English dubs, as well as Cantonese and Mandarin options.

There are two commentary tracks. Martial arts cinema expert Frank Djeng and actor Bobby Samuels discuss the Hong Kong version and action cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema are on the export version. There’s also The Way of the Warrior: The Making of Warriors Two, featuring interviews with stars Sammo Hung, Bryan “Beardy” Leung Kar-Yan, Feng Hak-An, Casanova Wong and Wing Chun master Guy Lai, an interview with Bryan Leung Kar-Yan and the original theatrical trailers.

You also get a double-sided fold-out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Joe Kim, a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Joe Kim and an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Jonathan Clements and original press materials.

You can buy this from MVD.

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