Golden Ninja Podcast

The Alpha and Omega of Cut-and-Paste Action Movies

All things must come to an end. In this case, I’m referring both to IFD’s Hong-Kong-based cut-and-paste movie empire and ...

How Would You Like Your Movie: With or Without Ninjas?

After Hong Kong film factory IFD started making big money in the ’80s by adding ninja scenes to older [non-ninja] ...

Ninjas, Snakes, and Hong Kong Witches

The genre changes, but the formula remains the same: (1) Take an existing Asian movie. (2) Add new scenes of ...

When Bloodsport Met RoboCop

Like most movie studios, Hong Kong cinematic chop shop IFD was always looking for the next big thing to capitalize ...

Hong Kong’s Dime-Store RoboCop

When Hong Kong hack factory Filmark wasn’t splicing Caucasian ninjas into their existing library of movies, they were looking for ...

Chinese Kaiju & Kickboxers from Hell

Back in the ’80s Hong Kong producer Joseph Lai would “freshen up” old Asian movies for the Western market by ...

The Turkish Film Disguised as a Chop Socky Flick

The usual modus operandi of ’80s Hong Kong producers IFD and Filmark was to take an old Chinese film, add ...

Korea’s Most Insane Anime Rip-Offs

In 1945, after 35 years of Japanese occupation, South Korea enacted a 50-year ban on Japanese pop culture. No books. ...

The Best Action Movies Made Out of Other Action Movies

The 1980s equivalent of a Kindle gold-rusher, Hong Kong mountebank Joseph Lai churned out so many cut-and-paste action movies through ...

Ninja Operation: Knight and Warrior Commentary

Hong Kong filmmakers Joseph Lai and Godfrey Ho gained notoriety in the ’80s by crowbarring stray ninja scenes into unrelated ...