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Exploring the history and films of Hong Kong's Shaw Brothers Studios, as well as the history of Spaghetti Western films!!

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Exploring the history and films of Hong Kong's Shaw Brothers Studios, as well as the history of Spaghetti Western films!!

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

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The East Meets The West

Latest release on Jan 20, 2021

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 1 day ago

Warning: This podcast has few episodes.

This means there isn't enough episodes to provide the most popular episodes. Here's the rankings of the current episodes anyway, we recommend you to revisit when there's more episodes!

Rank #1: The East Meets The West Ep. 6 – Life Gamble and Day of Anger

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Howdy!

Continuing our journey into Shaw Brothers films and Spaghetti Westerns, Patsy the Angry Nerd and I discuss the 4th Venom Mob film, Life Gamble from 1978, and the amazing team up of the legendary Lee Van Cleef with Spaghetti Western icon Giuliano Gemma in Day of Anger from 1967.

Life Gamble is a complicated Kung-Fu film about a stolen jade artifact and all the people vying for it, including a ruthless gambler, thieves, con artists, an iron-fisted villain and a badass Kung-Fu warrior turned peaceful blacksmith. This film is very different in tone and complexity than the other Shaw films we've covered so far, so check it out!

Day of Anger is the teaming of two of Spaghetti Westerns' greatest actors. Lee Van Cleef is an aging gunslinger who takes Giuliano Gemma under his wing and transforms him from a down and out peon to a master gunslinger himself who takes control of his destiny! The acting and cinematography in this one make it a film not to be missed!

Patsy the Angry Nerd and his podcasts can be found at throwdownthursdaypodcast.com.

As always, please leave us a great review at iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you download your podcasts, so others can find the show! Visit our website havenpodcasts.com for other fun stuff including our sister show, Then Is Now, in which we discuss all the cool stuff you may have missed out on, and pop culture stuff you SHOULD know!

And The East Meets the West Podcast is now in convenient YouTube form: youtube.com/user/uncledeath1.

Join in on the discussion at our Facebook Page!

If you would like to contact us directly about this show or any other, please email us at theeastmeetsthewest42@gmail.com.

Ciao!

Re-Gor

Jan 20 2021

2hr 39mins

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Rank #2: The East Meets The West Ep. 5 - Masked Avengers and The Return of Ringo

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Wènhòu péngyǒu!

(Greetings friends!)

We've got a fun episode for you, and it's the last episode of 2020! Re-Gor and Patsy the Angry Nerd take the year out with a bang as they cover the Shaw Brothers film, Masked Avengers from 1981 and the spaghetti western, The Return of Ringo from 1965!

In the first feature, a gang of masked evildoers terrorize the countryside and it's up to a band of heroes to take them down! The second is the sequel to “A Pistol for Ringo” and is a very different and much darker tale than the first one!

As we examine the Masked Avengers, we delve a little deeper into Phillip Kwok's career, and discuss what are referred to as the 2nd Tier Venoms – they were usually actors who played a supporting Villain with Lu Feng, and appeared in many of the Venom Mob movies.

The 2nd Tier Venoms who appear in Masked Avengers are as follows:

Chu Ko – who played Liang Yung here.

Chin Siu-Ho – who played Chang Chung (as Hsiao Hau Chien) here.

Wang Li – who played Fong Su Kwong here.

We will discuss more 2nd Tier Venoms as they show up in future films.

Patsy the Angry Nerd and his podcasts can be found at throwdownthursdaypodcast.com.

As always, please leave us a great review at iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you download your podcasts, so others can find the show! Visit our website havenpodcasts.com for other fun stuff including our sister show, Then Is Now, in which we discuss all the cool stuff you may have missed out on, and pop culture stuff you SHOULD know!

And The East Meets the West Podcast is now in convenient YouTube form: youtube.com/user/uncledeath1

Join in on the discussion at facebook.com/The-East-Meets-the-West-Podcast-100269785293383.

If you would like to contact us directly about this show or any other, please email us at theeastmeetsthewest42@gmail.com.

Enjoy!

Re-Gor

Dec 21 2020

2hr 42mins

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Rank #3: The East Meets The West Ep. 4 - The Kid with the Golden Arms and A Pistol for Ringo

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Howdy Pardners!

It's time once again for an episode of The East Meets the West! In this episode, Patsy the Angry Nerd and I cover the Shaw Brothers film, The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979), and the Spaghetti Western flick, A Pistol for Ringo (1965)!

The Venom Mob are in top form here, once again directed by Chang Cheh, but it is sadly the last time all 5 Venoms would star in together - Sun Chien, Lo Meng, Kuo Chue (Phillip Kwok), Lu Feng and Wei Bai. This was due to the fact that Wei Bai had health issues. The plot revolves around a group of warriors who must protect some much needed gold that is headed to a famine-ridden area of ancient China, but they must face the dreaded Chi Sa gang and their leader Golden Arm who is nigh invulnerable!

In A Pistol for Ringo, the eponymous gunslinger must infiltrate a group of bad guys who have taken a family and their servants hostage, before they end up killing them all!

For those who are keeping track of the Shaw Brothers actors, we've listed the Venom Mob here and the characters they played in previous films:

Lu Feng - Silver Spear here (Pao Siao Tung/Bao Shanxiong in Invincible Shaolin, #1 Centipede in 5 Venoms and Dao Chang (School friend of Tu Tin-To) in Crippled Avengers)

Wei Pai - Swordsman Li Qing Ming here (Mai Feng in Invincible Shaolin, #2 Snake in 5 Venoms)

Sun Chien - Yang Hu Yun here (Hsu Fong/Xu Fang in Invincible Shaolin, #3 Scorpion in 5 Venoms and Ah-Kuei (LEGS) in Crippled Avengers)

Phillip Kwok (aka Kuo Chui) - Sheriff Hai To here (Ho Yen Wu/He Yingwu in Invincible Shaolin, #4 Lizard in 5 Venoms and Lin Wing, aka BLIND in Crippled Avengers)

Lo Meng - Golden Arm Kid here, (Ho Ming Pao/Zhangcheng in Invincible Shaolin, #5 Toad in 5 Venoms and Wei Jia-Jie (DEAF and DUMB) in Crippled Avengers)

Chiang Sheng - Short Axe Fang Shih here, (Chun Fei/Yang Zhongfei in Invincible Shaolin, The Student in 5 Venoms and Wang Yi (IDIOT) in Crippled Avengers)

Patsy the Angry Nerd and his podcasts can be found at throwdownthursdaypodcast.com.

As always, please leave us a great review at iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you download your podcasts, so others can find the show! Visit our website havenpodcasts.com for other fun stuff including our sister show, Then Is Now, in which we discuss all the cool stuff you may have missed out on, and pop culture stuff you SHOULD know!

If you would like to contact us directly about this show or any other, please email us at theeastmeetsthewest42@gmail.com.

Enjoy!

Re-Gor

Dec 02 2020

2hr 42mins

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Rank #4: The East Meets The West Ep. 3 - Invincible Shaolin and Death Rides a Horse

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We're back! After a ridiculous hiatus, The East Meets the West returns on a regular basis, with Patsy the Angry Nerd!

This episode we cover the another Chang Cheh directed Shaw Brothers film, Invincible Shaolin (1978), also starring the Venom Mob! Our second feature covered is the 1967 Lee Van Cleef picture, Death Rides a Horse!

Patsy and I had great fun exploring these movies, in particular because he's never seen a Spaghetti Western or Shaw Brothers film! If you haven't either, it's never too late! Check out The East Meets the West and listen to what you've been missing!

For those playing along at home, here is the list of actors, followed by the character they played here, the character they played in 5 Venoms, and if they were in Crippled Avengers, the character they played there:

Lu Feng - played Pao Siao Tung/Bao Shanxiong here (#1 Centipede in 5 Venoms and Dao Chang (School friend of Tu Tin-To) in Crippled Avengers)

Wei Pai - played Mai Feng here (#2 Snake in 5 venoms)

Sun Chien - played Hsu Fong/Xu Fang here (#3 Scorpion in 5 Venoms and Ah-Kuei (LEGS) in Crippled Avengers)

Phillip Kwok (aka Kuo Chui) - played Ho Yen Wu/He Yingwu (#4 Lizard in 5 Venoms and Lin Wing, aka BLIND in Crippled Avengers)

Lo Mang - played Ho Ming Pao/Zhangcheng here (#5 Toad in 5 Venoms and Wei Jia-Jie (DEAF and DUMB) in Crippled Avengers)

Chiang Sheng - played Chun Fei/Yang Zhongfei here (The Student in 5 Venoms and Wang Yi (IDIOT) in Crippled Avengers)

Patsy the Angry Nerd and his podcasts can be found at throwdownthursdaypodcast.com.

As always, please leave us a great review at iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you download your podcasts, so others can find the show! Visit our website havenpodcasts.com for other fun stuff including our sister show, Then Is Now, in which we discuss all the cool stuff you may have missed out on, and pop culture stuff you SHOULD know!

If you would like to contact us directly about this show or any other, please email us at theeastmeetsthewest42@gmail.com.

Enjoy!

Re-Gor

Nov 17 2020

1hr 52mins

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Rank #5: The East Meets The West Ep. 2 - Crippled Avengers & Django, with Derek Koch

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Finally!! Episode 2 of The East Meets the West is here and we've got none other than podcaster extraordinaire, Derek Koch as a guest co-host! Regor and Derek discuss the Shaw Brothers film, Crippled Avengers (1978) and the Spaghetti Western, Django (1966). We delve a little deeper into the backstory of the Shaw Brothers and have a lively conversation discussing both movies and the similarities (in narrative, themes, and more) between Shaw Brothers films and Spaghetti Westerns!

Crippled Avengers was directed by the great Cheh Chang, written by him and Kuang Ni, and produced by Runme Shaw. Django was directed by Sergio Corbucci, and written by him and Bruno Corbucci, and starred Franco Nero.

Because the names of the actors and characters in Crippled Avengers was seemingly a tad confusing (especially if you've got the subtitles on), we have prepared a list for you, the listener, so you can play along at home and enjoy the film even more. The following is a list of the actors in the film, the characters they play, the variations on their characters' names, and whether or not they were in 5 Venoms or were part of the Venom Mob (or 5 Weapons Guys as they were also known). Also, since the 4 crippled characters have the same hairstyle, outfits, and general look, we've labeled them Blind, Deaf and Dumb, Idiot, and Legs:

Chen Kuan-Tai - Black Tiger Dao Tian-Du (in the English dub it's pronounced Tu Tin-To throughout the movie and in the subtitles)

**Phillip Kwok Chun-Fung - Chen Shuen (or Shun)(Lin Wing in the movie and subtitles) - Character is BLIND.

**Lo Meng - Blacksmith Wei Jia-Jie (though it's Ah-Wei or Wei Da-Ti in the movie) - Character is DEAF and DUMB.

**Sun Chien - Hu Ah-Kue (or Ah-Kuei in the movie) - Character is LEGS.

**Chiang Sheng - Wang Yi (same everywhere!) - Character is IDIOT.

**Lu Feng - Dao Chang (School friend of Tu Tin-To)

*Johnny Wang Lung-Wei - Keeper Wan (or Lin Yung)

Yang Hsuing - Master Jiu Gao Feng

Ching Miao - Master Li Jing Ying

Yu Tai-Ping - Archer Lin

Tony Tam Chun-To - Master Law Bo

*Dick Wei - Tian Nan 3 (Tigers #1)

*=Was in 5 Deadly Venoms

**=Part of the Venom Mob (5 Weapons Guys)

We hope this information helps and adds to not only your enjoyment of the film, but also the your enjoyment of future Shaw Brothers movies!

If you want to send us your opinion on this episode, please email us at: theeastmeetsthewest@gmail.com, or leave a voicemail at 978-432-9079 which we will play on a future show.

You can also check out our other podcast, Then Is Now, as well as tons of other fun stuff over at http://www.havenpodcasts.com

Jul 10 2020

1hr 36mins

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Rank #6: The East Meets the West Ep. 1 – Five Deadly Venoms & The Stranger and the Gunfighter

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Welcome to the premiere of The East Meets the West podcast!! Here we are on a journey to learn about the Shaw Brothers and their amazing film productions from Hong Kong, particularly Kung-Fu Films, and the genre known as Spaghetti Westerns – western movies produced mainly in Italy – Both from the 1960s to the 1980s! Together we will explore the amazing and fascinating movies of these two genres and decades!

May 08 2020

59mins

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