• Gabe Powers

Grinding the Stream August 2021 UPDATES: Chinese/Hong Kong Cult Cinema

Welcome to the end of summer on the stream! As per usual, I'm including as many movies as I can per each category as I scour Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Criterion Channel, HBO Max, Peacock, Fandor, Shudder, Arrow Video, Tubi, Midnight Pulp (a "+" will be included wherever subscription fees apply), VUDU’s free selections, The Roku Channel, Popcorn Flix, Crackle, Dark Matter TV, Night Flight, Shout Factory TV (though most of their titles can also be watched via Amazon Prime). This month I've also added Paramount+ and AMC+.


Again, be warned – all of the free apps have ad breaks (I know, it sucks) and the video quality is inconsistent from app to app. Sometimes it's genuine HD, other times, it's sub-VHS. I've also included links to my own reviews of some of these films. Additional Warning: Amazon Prime appears to have lost almost all of their Chinese/HK cult material since June 2021, so this section will be shorter than usual.



King Hu Movies

  • Dragon Inn (1967) – Criterion Channel

  • Touch of Zen (1971) – Criterion Channel

  • The Fate of Lee Khan (1973) – Criterion Channel, Amazon Prime (via imdbTV), Tubi, Pluto TV, and The Roku Channel

  • Raining in the Mountain (1979) – Criterion Channel


Liu Chia-Liang Movies

  • The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978) – Netflix

  • Breakout from Oppression (co-directed with Yang Fan , Gordon Liu Chia-Hui; 1978) – Tubi

  • Return to the 36th Chamber (1980) – Netflix

  • Legendary Weapons of China (1982) – Netflix

  • Disciples of the 36th Chamber (1985) – Netflix

  • Martial Arts of Shaolin (1986) – Netflix


Chang Cheh Movies

  • The Five Deadly Venoms (aka: The Five Venoms, 1978) – Pluto TV

  • Kid with the Golden Arm (1979) – Amazon Prime

  • Two Champions of Shaolin (1980) Netflix

  • Five Element Ninjas (1982) – Netflix

  • Shanghai 13 (1984) – Tubi


Other Shaw Bros. Classics

There are so many of these available, so I’ve narrowed it down to personal favorites.

  • Princess Yang Kwei Fei (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1955) – Criterion (pre-Shaw Bros. Shaw & Sons)

  • Five Fingers of Death (Jeong Chang-hwa, 1972) – Amazon Prime

  • The One-Armed Boxer (Jimmy Wang Yu, 1972) – Midnight Pulp+

  • The Flying Guillotine (Ho Meng-Hua, 1975) – Pluto TV

  • Master of the Flying Guillotine (Jimmy Wang Yu, 1976) – VUDU Free and Pluto TV

  • Clan of the White Lotus (Lo Lieh, 1980) – Amazon Prime



Jackie Chan Movies (see more below)

  • The Cub Tiger from Kwang Tung (Gam Yam, Ngai Hoi-Fung, and Corey Yuen, 1973) Roku Channel

  • New Fist of Fury (Lo Wei, 1976) Tubi

  • Hand of Death (John Woo, 1976) – Amazon Prime (via imdbTV) and Midnight Pulp

  • Shaolin Wooden Men (Chen Chi-Hwa, 1976) – Pluto TV

  • The 36 Crazy Fists (Chen Chi-Hwa, 1977) Tubi and Pluto TV

  • To Kill with Intrigue (Lo Wei & Kim Jin-tae, 1977) – Pluto TV

  • Magnificent Bodyguards (Lo Wei, 1978) – Tubi and Crackle

  • Half a Loaf of Kung Fu (Chen Chi-Hwa, 1978) Criterion Channel

  • Spiritual Kung Fu (Lo Wei, 1978) – Criterion Channel

  • Fearless Hyena (Jackie Chan and Kenneth Tsang, 1979) – Criterion Channel, Pluto TV, and Roku Channel

  • The Big Brawl (Robert Clouse, 1980) Tubi, Crackle, and Shout Factory TV

  • The Young Master (Jackie Chan, 1980) – Criterion Channel

  • Dragon Lord (Jackie Chan, 1982) – Paramount +

  • Fearless Hyena II (Lo Wei and Chuan Chen, 1983) Criterion Channel and Pluto TV

  • Police Story (Jackie Chan, 1985) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • The Protector (James Glickenhaus, 1985) – Roku Channel, Pluto TV, and Tubi

  • Project A: Part II (Jackie Chan, 1987) – Paramount +

  • Fantasy Mission Force (Kevin Chu, 1983) – Tubi

  • Police Story 2 (Jackie Chan, 1988) – Criterion Channel

  • Island of Fire (Chu Yen-ping, 1990) – Amazon Prime, VUDU Free, Pluto TV, and Tubi

  • Operation Condor (Jackie Chan, 1991) – Paramount + and Pluto TV (US cut)

  • City Hunter (Wong Jing, 1993) – Tubi, Pluto TV, and Shout Factory TV

  • Crime Story (Kirk Wong, 1993) – VUDU Free, Pluto TV, and Tubi

  • Rumble in the Bronx (Stanley Tong, 1995) – Roku Channel


Sammo Hung (directed) Movie

  • Knockabout (1979) – Midnight Pulp

  • The Victim (1980) – Tubi

  • Project A (co-directed with Jackie Chan, 1983) – Paramount +

  • Wheels on Meals (starring Jackie Chan, 1984) – Paramount +

  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars (starring Jackie Chan, 1985) – Paramount +

  • My Lucky Stars (starring Jackie Chan, 1985) – Criterion Channel

  • Dragons Forever (starring Jackie Chan, 1988) – Paramount +

  • Painted Faces (1988) – Netflix (drama based on the true childhood Peking Opera training of Hung, Chan, and Yuen Biao)

  • BONUS: Lucky Stars Go Places (third sequel in the Lucky Stars series, starring and produced by Hung, directed by Eric Tsang) Midnight Pulp


Yuen Woo-ping Movies

  • The Bloody Fists (Ng See-Yuen director, Yuen choreographer, 1972) – Roku Channel

  • Born Invincible (Joseph Kuo director, Yuen choreographer, 1978) – Roku Channel and Tubi

  • Dance of the Drunk Mantis (1979) VUDU Free and Tubi

  • Legend of a Fighter (1982) – Tubi

  • Shaolin Drunkard (1983) Amazon Prime

  • Drunken Tai Chi (1984) – Pluto TV

  • In the Line of Duty 4 (1989) Amazon Prime (via imdbTV)

  • Tai Chi Master (1993) – YouTube

  • Iron Monkey (1993) – Paramount + (US cut)

  • Wing Chun (1994) – YouTube

  • The Forbidden Kingdom (Rob Minkoff director, Yuen choreographer, 2008) – HULU

  • True Legend (2010) Roku Channel, VUDU Free, Tubi, and Pluto TV

  • The Grandmaster (Wong Kar-wai director, Yuen choreographer, 2013) – Netflix, Amazon Prime (via imdbTV), VUDU Free, Tubi, and Pluto TV

  • Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (starring Michelle Yeoh, 2018) Netflix


Michelle Yeoh Action Movies

  • Magnificent Warriors (David Chung, 1987) – Amazon Prime and Midnight Pulp

  • The Heroic Trio (Johnnie To,1993) – YouTube

  • Tai Chi Master (Yuen Woo-ping, 1993) – YouTube

  • Wing Chun (Yuen Woo-ping, 1994) – YouTube

  • The Stunt Woman (Ann Hui, 1996) – Paramount +

  • Silver Hawk (Jingle Ma, 2004) – Popcorn Flix

  • Reign of Assassins (John Woo & Chao-Bin Su, 2010) – VUDU Free, Tubi, and Pluto TV



Tsui Hark Movies (directed, written, and/or produced)

  • Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind (1980) YouTube

  • We're Going to Eat You (1980) – YouTube

  • Chinese Ghost Story (directed by Ching Siu-Tung, 1987) YouTube

  • Green Snake (1993) – YouTube

  • Knock Off (1998) – Amazon Prime and Tubi

  • The Era of Vampires (aka: Tsui Hark's Vampire Hunters, 2003) – Amazon Prime (via imdbTV) and Tubi

  • Seven Swords (2005) – VUDU Free, Pluto TV, Roku Channel, Crackle, and Tubi

  • Triangle (co-directed with Johnnie To and Ringo Lam, 2007) – Amazon Prime, VUDU Free, and Tubi

  • Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010) – Pluto TV, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi


Category III Movies

In 1988, Hong Kong introduced a rating system that included Category III. These were essentially X-rated softcore sex, nudity, graphic violence, and mention of real Triad gangs. There's a short sort of "Golden Era" of Cat III movies released between '88 and 1997, when the colony was absorbed by Mainland China. Other films were re-rated III.

  • Centipede Horror (Keith Lee, 1982) – YouTube

  • The Seventh Curse (Lam Nai-Choi, 1986) – Amazon Prime and Midnight Pulp

  • Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (Lam Nai-Choi, 1991) – Fandor

  • The Untold Story (Danny Lee Sau-Yin and Herman Yau, 1993) – Shudder, AMC+, Tubi, and VUDU Free

  • Eternal Evil of Asia (Man Kei Chin, 1995) – YouTube

  • Ebola Syndrome (Herman Yau, 1996) – YouTube


Other Horror, Fantasy, and Cult Titles

  • Bruce Lee in New Guinea (Yang Chi-yao, 1978) – Tubi

  • Last Hurrah for Chivalry (John Woo, 1979) – Criterion Channel

  • The Boxer's Omen (Kuei Chih-Hung, 1983) – YouTube

  • Witch from Nepal (Ching Siu-Tung, 1986) – Midnight Pulp

  • Future Cops (aka: Super School Overlord; Wong Jing, 1993) – YouTube (MUST SEE action comedy satire of The Terminator featuring superstar actors as Street Fighter characters)

  • The Bride with the White Hair (Ronny Yu, 1993) – Amazon Prime (via imdbTV), Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

  • The Bride with the White Hair II (Davide Wu, 1993) – Amazon Prime (via imdbTV), Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

  • BONUS: Drive (Steve Wang, 1997) – VUDU Free and Tubi (underseen American/Taiwanese/Japanese co-production)


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