Angela Mao: Hapkido & Lady Whirlwind
Mistress of the Death-Blow!
Running Time: 186 mins
Retail Price: £34.99
Release Date: 2022
Content Type: Movie
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!
Limited Edition O-Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling (First run of 2000 copies only)
Limited Edition Reversible Poster featuring original theatrical poster artwork (First run of 2000 copies only)
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
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) |
2.35:1 wiidescreen 1080p
DTS-HD MA 1.0 Mono Mandarin
DTS-HD MA 1.0 Mono English
DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround English (Hapkido only)
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
Tsao Hua Lai
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