Chopsocky

Chopsocky (alternately spelled "chop-socky"[1]) is a colloquial term applied to a diffuse group of martial arts movies made primarily in Hong Kong and Taiwan during the 1960s and 1970s. The term was coined by the American motion picture trade magazine Variety.[1] The word is a play on chop suey, combining "chop" (as in karate chop; a strike with the edge of the hand) and "sock" (as in a punch).

The term was usually characterized by over-blown story-lines, cheesy special effects, and excessive violence. Although it is commonly used as if it were a name of martial arts cinema by the general media (aka non-fans), the word can be a disparaging term against it as a whole. Another common meaning is a generalization for martial-art movies from Asia or Hong Kong in particular without necessarily having the negative spin connotation. Variety magazine the originators of the term defines Chopsocky simply as: A martial arts film. [1] with no negative connotations.

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