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  • noun film, colloquial A genre of exaggerated martial arts films made primarily in Hong Kong and Taiwan during the 1960s and 1970s.


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Punningly from chop suey, chop (fighting blow), and sock (punch). Coined by Variety magazine.


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  • 'Chopsocky' TV In the 1970s and 1980s, a blizzard of "chopsocky" TV shows and films, such as the 1982 Jet Li film "Shaolin Temple," helped to sear the Buddhist legends into the popular imagination, both in China and abroad.

    Kung Fu Monks 2007

  • This phenomenon was heralded by the release of “Kung Fu Fighting” at the height of the chopsocky film craze.

    Les Cahiers du Kung Fu Pimping Cinema Con Chapman 2011

  • Roth is an outspoken fan of chopsocky and The RZA worked closely with Tarantino on the Kill Bill soundtracks as well as provided the score for the "Afro Samurai" anime series, so we know this is somewhat of a passion project for both of them.

    Eli Roth and RZA Teaming for The Man with the Iron Fist « 2008

  • Ever since Tarantino and Rodriguez opened my eyes with Grindhouse, I've become a fan of all sorts of grindhouse fare, from chopsocky to motorcycle flicks like Hell Ride to old school exploitation films.

    Eli Roth and RZA Teaming for The Man with the Iron Fist « 2008

  • The cartoon mayhem and furious editing of Robert Rodriguez's "" Desperado '' is chopsocky filmmaking in Latino drag.

    Chinese Takeout 2008

  • Hong Kong offers plenty of customers but is better known for world-class chopsocky than great animation classics, plus it is more expensive to produce there than in other parts of China.

    Animation's Niche ... and Offshore ... Players Steve Hulett 2008

  • The essence of the film is slapsticky, chopsocky action, rendered with great verve and accompanied by bromides having to do with the need to believe.

    Arabs, Jews Duel, 2008

  • The now-untitled family action-adventure picture will mark the English-language directing debut of Yuen Wo Ping, a major name in Asia who is currently wrapping up work for Quentin Tarantino on “Kill Bill,” Yuen is already having helmed some 27 pictures there including recent Dimension import chopsocky “Iron Monkey” (originally released in 1993).

    Crouching Snow White, Hidden Dwarfs 2002

  • Christopher Sun's movie, which has already taken HK$33 million in Hong Kong alone, will certainly startle anyone who associates Chinese cinema with blade-slinging chopsocky, extravagantly staged and costumed historical dramas or earnest documentaries about local corruption. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph 2011

  • Production package is a faithful though stage-bound recreation of 1950s Hong Kong, but abundant chopsocky action ensures auds won't be looking at the scenery. 2010


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