Profile: Matthias Hues

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Date of birth: 14 February, 1959 (Waltrop, Germany)

Occupation: Actor, martial artist.

Style: Taekwondo, kickboxing.

Biography: Matthias Hues is a German-born martial artist and actor. He was born in Waltrop, Germany. He is the son of Dr. Josef Hues and Maria Humperdinck Hues – the niece of the Hansel and Gretel composer Engelbert Humperdinck. Hues was a sports enthusiast when growing up. At the age of 19, he was part of a German pentathlon team which won medals in Hannover, and was the German hopeful in track and field events. He proved himself to be very quick despite his weight and 6’5″ height, …

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KFMG Podcast S02 Episode 21: Matthias Hues

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“You can’t be normal to win this game. You have to be insanely competitive.”

Today we welcome one of martial art cinema’s all-time greatest villains to the show. The giant, musclebound German fighter Matthias Hues has spent a career taking on the likes of Dolph Lundgren, Cynthia Rothrock, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Bolo Yeung, Billy Blanks, Lorenzo Lamas and Mark Dacascos. But despite his on-screen persona, Matthias is actually a very sweet-natured person, as revealed in this wide-reaching, in-depth conversation. His story is fascinating. It starts in the small town of Waltrop, Germany. He became a highly successful owner of health …

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Exit the Dragon, Enter the Tiger (1976)

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There’s a genuine sense of grief and anger in this Bruceploitation offering, made only three years after Bruce Lee‘s sudden and mysterious passing. This explicitly links Lee’s death to Triad drug pushers and sends Bruce Li out to investigate. He plays David – Lee’s close friend and kung fu student, not to mention an idolising lookalike – who lands in Hong Kong during a media storm to find the film star’s mistress, called Suzie Yeung (a cipher for Betty Ting Pei), being harassed by crooks over evidence which suggests using Bruce Lee as an international drugs mule. The film essentially …

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Dynamo (1978)

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An interesting Bruceploitation flick in which a Bruce Lee imitator (Bruce Li) is caught in the crossfire between two warring Hong Kong advertising agencies. Li is a taxi driver who becomes a big-shot fighter due to his likeness to the fallen movie star. He’s hired by a ruthless ad lady called Mary (Mary Hon) who flies in from head office during Bruce Lee’s funeral to transform the fortunes of the company’s Hong Kong branch. “A lot of people are cashing in on his death,” says her local fixer, just before Bruce Li can be seen wearing Lee’s yellow jumpsuit from …

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Profile: Michael Worth

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Date of birth: 13 January, 1972 (Philadelphia, US)

Full name: Michael Troy Worth

Occupation: Actor, writer, director, producer, stuntman.

Style: Aikido, karate, Northern Shaolin, Eskrima, Jeet Kune Do, Tang Soo Do.

Biography: Michael Worth was born in Philadelphia to German and Delaware Indian Native American heritage. He spent his childhood around the Chesapeake Bay area before the Worth family relocated to northern California. Michael’s first experiments with film was at the age of 10, when he made his own films using a Super 8 camera bought by his mother. He was captivated by kung fu movies growing up, in particular, the Bruce Lee and …

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KFMG Podcast S02 Episode 20: Michael Worth

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“I’ve sort of let the inner nerd come out and just gone with it – and it’s fun, I love it, I enjoy it. And I see Tarantino doing it all the time and I think if he can do it, I can do it.”

Today we celebrate the weird and wonderful world of Bruceploitation cinema with the martial arts action star, director, writer and fellow podcaster, Michael Worth. When he’s not making his own movies, Michael has been following his passion for kung fu movies with a number of exciting projects. I catch up with him during the filming of …

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The Villainess (2017)

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This South Korean gut-buster went down a storm at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where it had its world premiere and received a four-minute standing ovation. Luckily, much of the film’s critical acclaim is actually warranted. Director Jung Byung-gil sets his paranoid revenge fable in a rain-soaked, leather-clad, neon night-vision of Seoul; it’s like looking at the city through the pages of a dystopian comic book. His frantic, inventive action sequences are the film’s masterstroke. He leaps from John Woo-style gun fu to knife-weilding blood splatter like something out of The Raid, via extraordinary first-person fight sequences which jump straight out …

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Dragon Girls (2012)

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Powerful German documentary which provides a candid insight into life at the Shaolin Tagou Wushu School in Henan province, China. The film follows three young girls during their training for state competitions. The school is home to 35,000 children who live a militaristic, meagre and gruelling existence devoted to China’s national sport, wushu. The girls wake at 5.30am every day and train until lights out. They are measured in everything they do, from the way they march to how they sit. The girls compare battle scars – including frostbite – and when they fall out of line, the punishments are …

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Fists of Iron (1995)

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This low-budget fight film feels like an episode of one of those soft-focus Californian soap operas, with sun-kissed locales, playboy mansions, a keyboard-based soundtrack and hammy dialogue. There’s also an interesting homoerotic vibe going on, which may or may not be intentional. Dale (Michael Worth), aka ‘Pretty Boy’, is a statuesque vision of chiseled youth who works as an average Joe mechanic. After a hard shift, he gets into all sorts of bother with the meat-headed clientele at his local (he really should consider drinking at a different bar). He lives in a caravan on a beach with his buddy …

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Final Impact (1991)

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A promising start for debuting leading man Michael Worth. He plays Danny, a young wannabe kickboxing champ’ who takes martial guidance from the washed-up former big-shot, Nick Taylor (Lorenzo Lamas). Nick uses Danny as a ploy to seek revenge for losing the title, his wife and his pride to the reigning pugilist Jake Gerrard (why is there always a character called Jake in these movies?). His inner demons unravel when they arrive in Vegas for the big championship showdown. All the female characters appear to be swimwear models, and the film is rife with greased-up torsos; one of which belongs …

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