Angela Mao: Hapkido & Lady Whirlwind on Blu-ray [read more]
She knows kung fu
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! Try the new trailer at the link above.