This week Mike and I journey to Thailand and discuss Chang Cheh’s 1971 Shaw Brothers boxing film Duel of Fists (aka Fist Attack) and Wisit Sasanatieng’s award-winning genre mashup Tears of the Black Tiger, from 2000. We also talk about the best movies of the year so far, our Essential Kung Fu Movies and the work of director Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Hear me tirelessly rail against the evils of Miramax, Netflix and disrespect for Asian genre cinema in general as Mike vainly tries to make me stick to the subject at hand.
Next week we return from abroad to San Francisco, the setting for Woody Allen’s latest, Blue Jasmine. We’ll be watching a pair of Bay Area-based films, Otto Preminger’s Whirlpool, with The End of Cinema’s official PGOAT Gene Tierney and Phil Alden Robinson’s all-star caper/heist film Sneakers.