The signature sound of legendary Staten Island rap group The Wu-Tang Clan is its heavy use of samples from Kung-Fu and Samurai films.Much of the group — especially RZA, the group’s primary producer and de-facto leader — spent their formative years taking in every elaborate kung-fu film they could get their hands on.RZA uses these samples as a tool for mythmaking — casting his group as a legendarily skilled group of killers, the baddest, scariest motherfuckers on the planet. Below, we’ve collected some of our favorite films that have popped up in RZA’s work over the years; the films that not only defined Wu-Tang’s style, but also reflect their philosophy and image. In it, we follow San Te (the fantastic Gordon Liu), a young revolutionary who humbles himself at the stairs of the Shaolin Temple begging to learn the secrets of the group’s legendary kung-fu ability.
As San Te masters each chamber, the size of the classes becomes smaller, more elite; until he begins learning from the masters themselves.
Though not as heavily sampled as some of the other films on this list, outlines many of the core tenants of the young Wu-Tang Clan. C.s of the era, the Wu-Tang Clan mastered every school of hip hop so quickly that they, like San Te, created a new level for themselves.
The 36th Chamber represents something new, something the rap game had never seen before.
is a great movie, one of the best films of the last twenty years, really.
It hinges on an intriguing premise, that one day you wake up and tomorrow… It lends the protagonist total freedom, a chance to become absolutely anything.
Life, like love, requires forward motion, and when you’re living the same day over and over again, well, you can find yourself in a dead shark situation pretty quickly.
The time loop is common in science fiction and fantasy, especially in literature, but there’s not many time loop stories of note in film.
Below we’ve put together a few of our favorite celluloid time loops, tales of people trapped in a certain place in time, and without much clue how to get out of it. — wouldn’t be of much consequence; the trick to the movie is how it tackles the philosophical and spiritual quandaries that come with being a lone man stuck in time.
We all get ourselves into ruts, stretches in your life where you can feel trapped by your decisions and your lifestyle. Trapped in a day without end, a person can learn everything there is to know about anything, but it’s not until you turn your gaze inward that true progress can flourish.