Doctor Strange was our first film. It's the new 2016 version with Benedict Cumberbatch. There was a 1978 TV movie that rewrote the origin story. It's better than the 1994 Fantastic Four movie that Roger Corman made. It was pretty poor. This new version is directed by Scott Derrickson, he co-wrote the script with Jon Spaihts and C Robert Cargill. Doctor Stephen Strange starts off as a full of himself surgeon. He has an accident which destroys his hands. Modern medicine isn't making his hands the way they were so he heads to Nepal to seek a magical solution. He studies magical stuff under The Ancient One in Kamar-Taj. The Ancient One is the head of an ancient society that fights evil. Strange doesn't want to join that, he wants magically repaired hands to operate again. He's not to get his way as the evil ex-student Kaecilius is up to no good. He's stolen some magical pages and killed the former librarian at Kamar-Taj. Kaecilius then tries to destroy The Ancient One's society. People die and Doctor Strange joins the fight. There's plenty of magical scenery, multi-dimensions, gears and Mandelbrot images. My only complaint was there was too much surgery. That's all part in parcel with the origin story but it got annoying after a while. I'd like to see more Doctor Strange films more than I would many of the other superhero guy's films. I had a fondness for the Doctor Strange comics from the 60s. I haven't read any in a while.
Our second film had a lot of similar things going on. Sword Master is a 2016 martial arts film that's a remake of a 1977 Shaw Brothers film called Death Duel. There was a Death Duel novel by Lung Ku that both movies credit. Sword Master director Tung-Shing Yee was in Death Duel as a young man, playing the main character Ah Chi. He wasn't a director in those days. He co-wrote the script for Sword Master with Hark Tsui and Tin Nam Chun.
From the sounds of what I read I think this version of the movie really packs on the character development. It's pretty much one of those sad stories that they make in China a lot. Plenty of death and destruction. It's some years ago and a master swordsman banishes himself when he becomes haunted by all the death following him. He hides under the name Ah Chi. He gets a job in a whore house and takes a knife for a whore named Sweetie. He leaves and winds up in a village where he takes on a job with a poop collector. Sweetie turns up, beaten, and it turns out she's the sister of the poop collector. Another swordsman keeps turning up during the movie. He wants to fight the Third Master. When the swordsman goes to the Third Master's clan he find the TM has died 37 days before. He later finds out it's not true, sadly after he's taught Ah Chi his secrets of the martial arts. There's also a subplot with demon masked marauders who keep attacking everyone they meet and yet another subplot involving a woman who was to marry Ah Chi. He left her twice in the past and she's become insane from her anger. Everyone sure has an interesting life. Glad it's not me. Those interesting lives lead to a lot of dead warriors.
It's a good looking film, with plenty of big scenery and magical places. There's a fair bit of martial arts and some has CGI augmentation. Occasionally the CGI is poor but for most scenes it works well enough. The movie seems a bit slow at times. I enjoyed it but it put two people, out of four, to sleep for a long time. I'd pick up a copy if I found one cheap but I won't be bothered if I don't ever find one. I've got so much to watch and re-watch that one more movie won't matter much.