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  • Eureka Releasing Hapkido/Lady Whirlwind Double Feature Blu-ray!

    Press release!

    An action-packed double feature starring martial-arts sensation Angela Mao, the Queen of Kung-fu

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    [For immediate release] Eureka Entertainment to release ANGELA MAO: HAPKIDO & LADY WHIRLWIND, an action-packed double feature starring the ‘Queen of Kung-fu’. On Blu-ray for the first time ever in the UK as a part of the Eureka Classics range, presented from brand new 2K restorations. Available from 22 August 2022, the first print-run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase, Reversible Poster & Collector’s Booklet.

    Angela Mao and director Huang Feng (The Shaolin Plot) were a superstar pairing that produced an incredible series of top tier kung-fu classics including Deadly China Doll, When Taekwondo Strikes and the two films presented here – Hapkido and Lady Whirlwind.

    In Hapkido (aka. Lady Kung Fu in the West), a group of martial artists (Mao, Sammo Hung, and Carter Wong) start their own school to teach the Korean martial art, Hapkido, but a rival Japanese academy attempts to crush them – deeming Hapkido inferior to their Japanese fighting style. Similar to the plot of Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury (a canny decision by the filmmakers, capitalising on Mao often being referred to as a “female Bruce Lee” ), Hapkido was a huge hit in the West, even briefly beating Lee’s Enter the Dragon at the North American box office.

    Perhaps her most iconic film, Lady Whirlwind (bizarrely re-titled as Deep Thrust in the US, to capitalise on the success of Deep Throat, which probably made its tag lines—“The Deadly Stroke of Bare Hand Combat” and “Mistress of the Death Blow”—a tad misleading) stars Mao as a deadly fighter out for revenge on the man who wronged her sister (played by Shaw Brothers veteran Chang Yi). After tracking the man down, she finds he is on his own vengeful path against a gang of Japanese thugs and agrees to help keep him alive – as long as she gets to take her revenge when it’s all over!

    Two excellent martial arts films make their debuts on Blu-ray—and the first time Lady Whirlwind has ever been available in the UK—from brand new 2K restorations!

    Angela Mao: HAPKIDO & LADY WHIRLWIND (Eureka Classics) New & Exclusive Trailer


    Available to order from:
    Eureka Store https://eurekavideo.co.uk/movie/ange...ady-whirlwind/

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    SPECIAL EDITION TWO-DISC BLU-RAY FEATURES

    Limited Edition O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling (First print run of 2000 copies only) | 1080p presentations of both films across two Blu-ray discs, from new 2K restorations | Limited Edition Reversible Poster featuring original theatrical poster artwork (First print run of 2000 copies only) | Hapkido – Original mono Mandarin and English audio options, including two variations of the classic English dub | Hapkido – DTS-HD MA 5.1 English dub (newer dub originally created for the film’s original DVD release) | Lady Whirlwind – Original mono Mandarin and English audio options | Optional English Subtitles, newly translated for this release | Hapkido – New feature length audio commentary with Asian film experts Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) & Michael Worth | Hapkido – New feature length audio commentary with Frank Djeng & martial artist / actor Robert “Bobby” Samuels | Lady Whirlwind – New feature length audio commentary with Asian film experts Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) & Michael Worth | Lady Whirlwind – New feature length audio commentary with Frank Djeng & martial artist / actor Robert “Bobby” Samuels | Lady Whirlwind – New feature length audio commentary by film journalist and author Samm Deighan | Brand new interview with Angela Mao, filmed in 2022 | Archival interview with Angela Mao | Archival interview with Carter Wong | Archival interview with Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao | Hapkido – Alternate opening credits | Selection of trailers and TV spots | Stills Galleries | Reversible sleeve featuring original Hong Kong poster artwork | PLUS: A Limited-Edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing by James Oliver (First run of 2000 copies only) | *All extras subject to change

    DETAILS:

    Label: Eureka Entertainment

    ANGELA MAO: HAPKIDO & LADY WHIRLWIND (Eureka Classics) Special Edition Blu-ray
    ANGELA MAO | SAMMO HUNG | CARTER WONG | CHANG YI | PAI YING
    1972 | 89 / 97 mins | 2.35:1 OAR | HONG KONG | ACTION / MARTIAL ARTS
    Cert. 15 | Director HUANG FENG | Language MANDARIN / ENGLISH | COLOUR | 22 AUGUST 2022
    Blu-ray Cat. No. EKA70468 | Blu-ray Barcode 5060000704686 | Blu-ray RRP £34.99

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    KEY SELLING POINTS

    Both films star Angela Mao (The Fate Of Lee Khan, Enter The Dragon) | Angela Mao is often cited as a female equivalent to Bruce Lee | In September 1973, Hapkido topped the North American box office, briefly overtaking the Bruce Lee blockbuster Enter the Dragon | Both films make their debuts on Blu-ray from brand new 2K restorations (and it’s the first time Lady Whirlwind has ever been available on home video in the UK | Set contains a Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase, Collector’s Booklet and Reversible Poster featuring original theatrical poster artwork (First print run of 2000 copies only)

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    PRESS

    “(Hapkido) a fun, breezy story that recalls the earlier Bruce Lee effort “Fist of Fury,” that makes this one of the best Golden Harvest efforts.” – Asian Movie Pulse

    “(Hapkido) A must have movie and a true classic of old school martial arts action” – Fareast Films

    “(Lady Whirlwind) more than enough hard-hitting action, bright red blood and noble death scene sentiments to entertain and thrill in suitably classic style” – Eastern Kicks

    Rock! Shock! Pop!

  • #2
    Cracking stuff. I've lacked the time or funds to keep up with Eureka's kung fu release in recent months/years, but this one looks like a must...
    https://breakfastintheruins.blogspot.com/
    http://stereosanctity.blogspot.com/

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    • #3
      Arrow is releasing these in the US. Like Running out of Time 1& 2, the discs will be the same.

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      • #4
        I’ve got both these from the same (I believe Taiwanese) DVD label. Definitely collectible.
        VHS will never die!

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