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Focus: Ninja movies by Godfrey Ho (1980s)
Godfrey Ho is considered a master of B-movie Hong Kong actioners. However, a number of his movies are Z-grade movies made with a "cut-and-paste" technique. He would shoot footage for one movie, often using Caucasian actors for exportation, then edit the scenes into several other movies, mixing them with footage from old, unfinished or unreleased Asian movies (using Thai as well as Chinese or Filipino footage), then trying to make the story somewhat coherent through dubbing and voice-overs. He would then have four or five movies (of rock-bottom quality, of course) while having spent the budget of one. He teaches film making at the Hong Kong Film Academy
Godfrey used and an American actor Richard Harrison extensively as the lead role in many of his films. Harrison, a European B movie star in the 1960s and 1970s, agreed to act in several of Ho's films in the early 1980s, although this footage was later spliced into many more of Ho's productions without his prior agreement. Ho's film making also included uncredited and apparently unauthorized use of music from Miami Vice, Iczer One, Kamen Rider Super-1, Star Trek and Star Wars, and by Wendy Carlos, Vangelis, Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, Clan of Xymox and Steve Hillage, among others, as background score in his movies.
Free Movies Cinema presents some rare Godfrey's gems ripped from VHS tapes.
Impressive sci-fi film Runaway (2013)
This impressive short film is titled Runaway and boasts some impressive special effects! It takes place in future and follows the story of a character named Ernest who operates a service station in the middle of the desert. Upon awakening from a nap, he’s greeted by a stranger who winds up causing a great deal of trouble in his otherwise uneventful afternoon.
Sci-fi film takes you to paperless world in SCATTERED
Scattered examines society’s relationship with its past through a son’s relationship with his father, and challenges our established ideas of destruction and terrorism through a crime that is as surprising as it is all-consuming. As all great sci-ﬁ should, Scattered offers a vision of the future that illuminates the present. Simple, atmospheric and haunting film Written and Directed by Joshua Bregman!
A beautiful film about a girl who sees a monster - WOODHOUSE (2013)
Beyond the padlocked gates of The Woodhouse Nature Reserve in London some thing, some creature, is living. Peter and Carly both embark on their own quests to discover the truth behind sightings of this unknown animal. Their search will draw us back into a history of dreamers and hoaxers! Written and Directed by Fred Rowson
Nightmarish journey in anti-western SURVEYOR (2011)
Set in the mid-1800s, Blake’s film follows a surveyor as he pushes West, forging a path for settlers and the American government. Amidst stunning widescreen visuals there’s a terse shoot-out with a villainous stranger, a hallucinatory, tragic finale, and an overall air of mystery and introspection. Director Scott Blake calls his short film Surveyor an “anti-western”, and it’s easy to see why. There’s really quite a bit to like here, and I think he shows a lot of promise with many of the choices that he makes in the shooting of this film.
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