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It all started back around ‘91 - I was flicking through the channels on the TV when I came upon this thing called Project A.  I’d heard a little bit about Jackie Chan, but thought Martial Arts films were stupid.  I watched for a few minutes and was pretty impressed with the guy’s physical ability and the likeable humour.  Anyway, I switched off and went to bed.

The next night, the same thing happened.  I caught a few minutes of another film with the same guy called Wheels on Meals.  Again, I was highly impressed.  Before going to bed this time, I ascertained that Channel 4 were having a Jackie Chan season and thought it might be an idea to tape the next film next time to see if I’d like it.

So, on the next night I set the tape recorder, and sat down to watch the first few minutes before going to bed.  Some time later that same night, when the end credits were rolling, I new I’d seen something truly magical, and I haven’t been able to look at films in the same way since.  That film was Police Story.

Since that fateful night, I became an avid (read: obsessed) fan of Jackie Chan, and collected everything I could get my hands on.  Then, the Jackie reservoir ran dry, so I had to look at others…Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Bruce Lee, Lau Kar-Leung.  Eventually, like every addict, I hit the hard stuff: Chang Cheh, King Hu, Cheng Chang-Ho…

From the lowest gut-bucket Kung Fu production to the art-house films of Wong Kar-Wai, I watched every damn Hong Kong film I could get my hands on.

This is the story of what I found on my travels.

Along the way, there will also be other gems I will write about; usually bizarre, off-beat, quirky or downright wacko films I’ve come across and want to share with an unsuspecting world.  Be warned: it’s going to get a little odd here at times.

About me

I am a reasonably competent musician and have privately issued four albums in pretty disparate musical styles (but mainly gravitating towards instrumental progressive rock).  Hear some of my old stuff and new demos at my MySpace page.

My crowning achievement has been to have my music used in a couple of animated shorts that have been shown all over the place.  There’s nothing like going to a cinema and hearing your own music blasting (sometimes frighteningly loud) at you.  For more information on the films, travel here (it’s not very far, I promise you).

Cal can be contacted by writing to: drunkenmaster42@hotmail.com


1. Alfio Chieffallo - April 12, 2008

I am cutting a promo for Once Upon a Time in the West. I found your write up very helpful. Especially how you point out Fonda’s line (Frank to Morton) about looking like a Turtle out of its shell when he isn’t on the train. Good analysis of the film. It seems to have aged fine over time. If it wasn’t for this movie I would have never appreciated the great acting talent of Jason Robards. I had seen him in Philadelphia, but I think that was it, until now. I’ll check out your myspace and the movies you scored music for. Congrats.

2. Cal - April 13, 2008

Thanks a lot for your comments Alfio - it’s nice to have been useful!

3. STSH - September 23, 2008

Huh ? Of course you can give feedback. What or who is stopping you ?

3. Cal - November 9, 2007
Thanks guys .

Shawn: yes I read your review on HKMDB. Agree with you totally about the “Knockabout” connection. I think these two films are quite unique in that way. It’s a shame you can’t really give feedback on reviews on HKMDB, you don’t really know if anyone’s reading them or not.

4. Cal - September 23, 2008

Well, no one’s stopping us of course, but the only way to give feedback on other people’s reviews is through the Forum, and I don’t really feel that’s an appropriate place to bring up comments. Or am I wrong?

5. greg - September 25, 2010

Hi Cal.Cool Martial Arts review site. I liked your comment about DY making a deal with the devl. Satan Returns?HA.Interesting music too.13th Aunt was nice.Can see your film music working well. Let me know if you fancy collaborating.Greg gregsie74@yahoo.com

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