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    Movie soundtracks used in old-school KF films

    Here are some of the various soundtracks that have been lifted for 1970s to early-'80s kung fu films. Some of the tracks that were lifted may be from a particular soundtrack but may not be included on the link. I will also name *some of* the films parts of the soundtrack were used for. Aside from their being lifted for KF films, they are also simply good soundtracks in and of themselves. Hopefully this won't be seen as OCD. I just happen to like music.

    Anyone feel free to post more, as there are some I hope to discover.

    (1) Hang 'em High

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu3Oj0hMcVY

    Has been heard in:
    Death Duel of Kung Fu
    Mars Villa
    Wonderman From Shaolin
    The Water Margin
    Horse Boxing Killer (a.k.a., Cute Foster Sister)

    (2) The Big Gundown (La Resa Dei Conti)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6IJKSsJVds

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1jUo...eature=related

    Heard in:
    Secret Rivals 1 & II
    The Dragon, The Hero
    Kid's Ace in the Hole (Fighting Ace)
    Bandits, Prostitutes & Silver (a.k.a., The D@mned; a.k.a., Battle of Shaolin)
    The Ming Patriots (Revenge of the Patriots)

    (3) Day of Anger

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0dqQ-8FOII

    Heard in:
    The Invincible Armour
    My Kung Fu 12 Kicks
    Monkey Fist, Floating Snake
    Tai Chi Shadow Boxing
    Ma Su Chen

    (4) Carrie (1976)

    (Bucket of Blood, by Pino Donaggio)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUb-jyvIZ8w

    Two on the Road (Fearless Dragons)
    The Bone-Crushing Kid
    The Eight Escorts
    several other HK and Taiwan independent films...

    (5) Duel at Diablo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oNDdyPC4Ak

    A slightly different version from the same soundtrack is heard in:
    The One-Armed Swordsman
    The Snuff Bottle Connection
    Story of the Dragon
    Sleeping Fist
    Ninja in the Dragon's Den
    and many more...
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    (6) War of the Gargantuas

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-g5b9NkDUU

    Executioner of Shaolin
    8 Diagram Pole Fighter
    some other Shaw Bros films...

    (7) The Outlaw Josey Wales

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwrOTR5dsBU

    This track has been used in:
    Bruce Li the Invincible

    Other tracks from this film have been used in:
    The Invincible Armour
    The Killer From Above
    The Magnificent Butcher
    Super Power
    He Has Nothing But Kung Fu
    and many others...

    (8) The Spy Who Loved Me

    The Pyramids

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDlgmAEv25Y

    Bits of this and other tracks heard in countless films, including:
    Bandits, Prostitutes and Silver
    Enter 3 Dragons
    Drunken Master
    The Crane Fighter
    Mars Villa
    many more HK and Taiwan independents...
    Last edited by Jimbo; 07-06-2012 at 06:21 PM.

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    Paul Ferris - Witchfinder General:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDJutQMzpW8

    Ivor Slaney - Mob Violence:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHyicqvawvM

    2 De Wolfe archive tracks from 5 Superfighters:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmZ3UB9Ktt8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKBoUd5FVVY

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    Nice thread Jimbo!

    I am out of my league here.

    (10) Ironside (Pilot) Opening Theme

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zwldZtSx28

    Used In:

    Five Fingers of Death
    Kill Bill
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    Nice posts, guys!

    A Joyful Proces,
    Witchfinder General and mob violence are especially great finds. I heard
    Wg in countless Shaw films, and always wondered where the end fight music in 8 Diagram Pole Fighter came from.

    Mickey,
    Good one, too. Don't worry; nobody is out of their league here. It's all about enjoying and sharing!
    Last edited by Jimbo; 06-04-2012 at 11:41 PM.

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    (11) Theme from "Roots"


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lymRvi6d07I


    Used in:

    Shaolin Legend (and probably other movies I haven't seen)




    mickey
    Last edited by mickey; 06-05-2012 at 10:03 AM.

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    (12) Bob James 3 (album)

    One Mint Julep
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ewyc4Lr3ow4

    Heard in:
    Bruce Lee: The Man, The Myth
    The Cheeky Chap

    Westchester Lady
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN671Fe8wS8

    Heard in:
    Bruce Lee: The Man, The Myth

    (13) Neu! 2 Super (album)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjx10Z2z2ts

    This was famously in the screen credits of:
    Master of the Flying Guillotine

    (14) Jean Micheal Jarre, Oxygene part 2

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Q00HQwO2Sg

    Most prominently heard in:
    Snake in the Eagle's Shadow
    Drunken Dragon (a.k.a., The Exciting Dragon)

    (15) Gator (1976)

    Flight in the Night
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsZAGNnEnt0

    Laying the Trap
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRsaBFwcVTM

    These tracks were commonly heard in modern-day MA/gangster films in HK/Taiwan in the late '70s/early '80s. Off the top of my head:
    Return of the Tiger
    Zen Kwun Do Strikes in Paris
    and several others...

    (16) The Return of Ringo

    The Disguise
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVcexA_nkFE

    Heard in:
    The Savage Five
    The Flying Guillotine

    (17) My Name is Nobody

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkF1Axc1-jU&sns=em

    Heard in some late-'70s to early-'80s kung fu and action films, including:
    Two Wondrous Tigers
    Golden Queen's Commando
    And others...

    (18) Death Rides A Horse

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff-kQ-UmflA

    The Savage Five
    Ghosts Galore
    Some other Shaws...

    (19) Carrie (1976) opening theme

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1tUpx7qmjQ&sns=em

    Heard in:
    Snake in the Eagle's Shadow
    Fatal Needles vs. Fatal Fists

    (20) Kraftwerk (Autobahn album)

    Mitternacht
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYR5p6qSAik

    Enter 3 Dragons
    Master of the Flying Guillotine
    Some other late-'70s KF films...
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    This was driving me crazy all morning

    I caught the end of Five Fingers of Death (1972) on El Rey's Mutton for Punishment Chinese New Year Kung Fu Marathon this morning over breakfast. I heard that klaxon sound when Lo Lieh's hands turn red and was like "I know that!" but couldn't put my finger on it (pun intended). I knew it was the opening of an old TV show. It hit me on the commute and I rushed to this thread, only to find mickey was way ahead of me on this.

    Quote Originally Posted by mickey View Post
    Nice thread Jimbo!

    I am out of my league here.

    (10) Ironside (Pilot) Opening Theme

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zwldZtSx28

    Used In:

    Five Fingers of Death
    Kill Bill
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    Gene,

    An interesting coincidence that in my last post I referenced entry #9, and you found mickey's post, entry #10.

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    Slightly OT...

    This isn't quite a Kung Fu film. It's an old HK gangster flick by Wong Kar Wai, his directorial debut, no less. As Tears Go By (1988) features a Cantonese version of Take My Breath Away by Berlin from Top Gun (1986). The chorus is in English but the rest is redone in Cantonese.

    Jimbo, my compliments on a very amusing thread you've got going here. It's taken me this long to find something to contribute that you haven't already covered, and even then, it's not quite Kung Fu.
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    Thanks, Gene. And it doesn't have to be KF. Old-school action, gangster, etc., using other soundtracks or album music also count. I'm counting your entry as number 115.

    116 - il Giardino Delle Delizie

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pO7Us9cQknc&sns=em

    Heard in:
    The Bamboo House of Dolls

    117 - Smokin' Joe by Simon Park

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P41nDab85ok&sns=em

    Heard in:
    Chinatown Kid
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    118 - Face To Face (by Frank Rothman)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YYy4w-zpdE&sns=em

    Heard in:
    My Young Auntie
    Shaolin and Wu Tang
    And other SB films...

    119 - Tension Trip (by Reg Tilsley)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlV20vXXQ0g&sns=em

    Heard in:
    Dirty Ho
    Five Superfighters
    And others...

    120 - Manoeuvres (by Jack Trombey)*

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvbPeTkHUrM&sns=em

    Heard in:
    The B@stard Swordsman
    The Kung Fu Instructor
    And others...

    *restored
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    121 - Street Incident (by Jack Trombey)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZHViEeNoCc&sns=em

    Heard in:
    Shaolin Mantis
    And other SB films...

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    122 - Metropolis (by Keith Papworth)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shjQx-ZFLF8&sns=em

    Heard in:
    Chinatown Kid

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    Great thread, thanks for all the information guys!

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