New movies on KIX (DStv 114) daily at 19:00
New movies on KIX (DStv 114) daily at 19:00

In the shadow of the Old Masters

It’s all about martial arts on KIX (DStv 114) as newcomers are keeping the icons’ legacy alive

Martial arts is big – both in the gyms and onscreen. While some South Africans enjoy fighting their way to fitness at a karate dojo or Muay Thai gym, others prefer to enjoy their martial arts from the comfort of their couch without the risk of losing teeth. Fortunately, KIX (DStv 114) is ready to give you your fix whenever and however you want it.

As well as being home to all the VHS-era classics dating back to the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, KIX specificallyshowcases Modern Action from Asia and Hollywood every Thursday at 19:00, as well as hosting new films every day of the week aside from Classic Martial Arts Mondays. And when you watch a new movie and a classic in the same week, you can see for yourself how the young apprentices on the martial arts movie scenestack up to the icons like Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.

Here are a few of the modern faces of martial arts to watch for this November.

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Wu Jing in City Under Siege (2010)

Jing’s family are no strangers to martial arts. Both his father and grandfather made a name for themselves as respected martial artists. Jing made a huge impression on his teachers at age 6, and he’s been making his mark as a skilled fighter ever since. He is especially well-known for his effortless but powerful kicks that will send any onscreen mobster flying through the air. Even circus performers with superhuman abilities are no match for him, as can be seen in the 2010 movie City Under Siege.


Aaron Kwok in Divergence (2005)

He may have started out as a dancer, but Kwok certainly puts those nimble feet to good use in every fight scene he’s in. And who else was also a dancer? The iconic Bruce Lee, of course! Lee, known as the man who made martial arts mainstream, was even made the Crown Colony Cha Cha dancing champion in the 1950s. Expect to see Kwok showcase similar light-footed movements as Lee did in the ’70s in Divergence, as well as City Under Siege.


Sean Lau in The White Storm (2013)

Sean Lau won fans over in the Chinese action film Call of Heroes in 2016 with his skills with a whip. But Sean made a name for himself in the early 2000s as the guy with a sharp wit and a tendency to make any fight scene a little less dramatic – similar to the legendary Jackie Chan. And as with Chan, Lau is a highly versatile actor, having tackled drama, action, romance and comedy roles in the past. And it shows in The White Storm, in whichhe plays the responsible but jaded brother desperate to save Hong Kong and, ultimately, his troubled sibling.


Pierre Ngo in The Real Iron Monkey (2014)

The Iron Monkey movie franchise is almost sacrosanct among martial arts fans, with the 1993 classic having given us the likes of Donnie Yen as the Iron Monkey. So, when relative newcomer Ngo took up the role as the grandson of the great Iron Monkey in 2014, he had massive monkey shoes to fill. Unlike many of his peers, who have little to no real fight training, Ngo has a strong background in kung fu, and he certainly puts that training to good use in The Real Iron Monkey. The franchise remains safe in his skilled hands.

Get your KIX fix!

KIX is bringing viewers November fireworks with hot action and martial arts titles from China and the US. There are tales of honour and vengeance and… zombie zoo animals? Human organ hunters? Time-traveling gamblers? Well, there’s never a dull moment on KIX…

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Here are November’s fresh new titles…

Ultimate Action

  • Last Hero In China on Sunday, 1 November. In this action comedy, a good-natured crook uncovers a kidnapping scheme after he opens a martial arts school next to a brothel. Cast: Jet Li, Sharla Cheung, Dicky Cheung
  • Unbeatable Youth on Sunday, 8 November at 19:00. A group of kung fu masters step up to uphold China’s honour when Warlord Lei invites international fighters to win a fighting competition. Cast: Louis Fan, Max Zhang, Danny Chan

Classic Martial Arts

  • Shaolin Martial Arts on Monday, 2 November at 19:00. A handful of survivors of a Manchu Emperor’s attack on a shaolin temple band together to seek revenge. Cast: Fu Sheng, Irene Chen I-ling, Chi Kuan-chun, Gordon Liu
  • One-Armed Swordsman on Monday, 9 November at 19:00. A noble swordsman, whose master’s daughter chopped off his arm, returns to his master’s house to defend him from a villainous gang of sword fighters. Cast: Wang Yu, Pan Yin Tse, Chiao Chiao, Chang Pei Shan
  • Golden Swallow on Monday, 16 November at 19:00. A heroine, who teams up with a swordsman and a warrior to take on some villains, finds herself caught between 2 men she admires when a situation results in a duel to the death. Cast: Cheng Pei-pei, Wang Yu, Lo Lieh
  • The Duel on Monday, 23 November at 19:00. A man falsely accused of killing the head of a triad unwittingly teams up with his own father’s killer to defeat his enemies. Cast: Ti Lung, David Chiang, Wang Ping
  • Mad Monkey Kung Fu on Monday, 30 November at 19:00. A kung fu master, who was crippled by a villain, trains a young disciple who wants to avenge him in the art of monkey kung fu. Cast: Liu Chia-liang, Hsiao Ho, Kara Hui

Comedy Action

  • God of Gamblers 2 on Tuesday, 3 November at 19:00. 2 men become unexpected allies when a gang of high rollers set out to ruin the God of Gamblers. Cast: Stephen Chow, Andy Lau, Sharla Cheung, Ng Mang Tat
  • God of Gamblers 3: Back To Shanghai on Tuesday, 10 November at 19:00. Sing the hero is flung back to Shanghai in the year 1937 while battling a psychic gambler, and must come to grips with his family's past before finding his way back to the present. Cast: Stephen Chow, Gong Li, Ng Mang Tat, Ray Liu, Sandra Ng
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars on Tuesday, 17 November at 19:00. 5 cops on holiday in Thailand return to Hong Kong to protect the girlfriend of their informant after he's murdered in Thailand. Cast: Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Fung Shui Fan, Richard Ng, Yuen Biao
  • My Lucky Stars on Tuesday, 24 November at 19:00. An undercover cop from Hong Kong calls on his 5 old friends for help when his partner is kidnapped during a fight in Japan. Cast: Jackie Chan, Richard Ng, Sammo Hung, Sibelle Hu, Yuen Biao

Adventurous Action

  • The Storm Riders on Wednesday, 4 November at 19:00. An evil warlord plots invincibility and world domination with the unwitting help of his 2 students, Wind & Cloud, who have the ability to fulfil an ominous prophecy. Cast: Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng, Kristy Yang, Shu Qi
  • The Evil Cult on Wednesday, 18 November at 19:00. A man, who narrowly escapes death by poison, trains with great masters to become a warrior during his quest to find a cure for the poison. Cast: Jet Li, Sharla Cheung, Chingmy Yau

Modern Action

  • City Under Siege on Thursday, 5 November at 19:00. A group of circus performers become supervillains after being exposed to a strange gas, and only a lowly clown has the crime-fighting skills to stop them. Cast: Aaron Kwok, Shu Qi, Wu Jing
  • The Double Tap on Thursday, 12 November at 19:00. A cop suspects a former shooting champion of murdering 4 people using a special shooting technique. Cast: Leslie Cheung, Alex Fong, Ruby Wong, Monica Chan, Vincent Kok
  • Divergence on Thursday, 19 November at 19:00. The murder of a federal witness and the kidnapping of a famous popstar set a cop, a lawyer and an assassin on a collision course. Cast: Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng, Daniel Wu
  • The White Storm on Thursday, 26 November at 19:00. 3 cops land in deep trouble when their undercover operation against a Thai druglord goes wrong. Cast: Louis Koo, Sean Lau, Nick Cheung

Star-Studded Action

  • Tragic Hero on Friday, 13 November at 19:00. A top gangster comes out of retirement to seek revenge on a man who's attacking the surviving members of his old gang. Cast: Chow Yun Fat, Andy Lau, Alex Man
  • The Young Master on Friday, 20 November at 19:00. 2 orphans, who were raised by a strict master, have a strong bond of loyalty, so the younger of the 2 leaps into action when the older brother faces arrest by a county sheriff. Cast: Jackie Chan, Wei Pai, Yuen Biao
  • Dragon Chronicles: The Maidens of Heavenly Mountain on Friday, 27 November at 19:00. 2 bickering sisters set aside their differences and team up to defend their ailing martial arts master from his evil nemesis and her clan. Cast: Brigitte Lin, Gong Li, Sharla Cheung

Friday Late-Night Thrillers

  • The Tortured on Friday, 6 November at 21:00. After their only child is kidnapped and murdered, a rich couple kidnap the kidnapper and start executing their revenge. Cast: Erika Christensen, Jesse Metcalfe, Bill Lippincott
  • Hansel & Gretel on Friday, 13 November at 21:00. In this modern take on the folk tale, a psychotic recluse keeps 2 teen siblings as slave in her house of horrors in the woods. Cast: Brent Lydic, Jonathan Nation, Stephanie Greco
  • Zoombies on Friday, 20 November at 21:00. A strange virus turns all the animals in a safari park into zombies, and only the surviving park staff can stop the spread before the animals take over the nearby city. Cast: Ione Butler, Andrew Asper, LaLa Nestor
  • Zoombies 2 on Friday, 27 November at 21:00. A game ranger and a team of poachers must work together to stop the zombie animals who're surrounding them. If they fail, the super-zombie virus will take over the entire world. Cast: Erica Sturdefant, Jonathon Buckley, Jarrid Masse

Double Bill Western Action

  • Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus on Saturday, 7 November at 19:00. The US army is called in to stop the trail of destruction caused by a giant shark and a giant croc that are having an epic battle. Cast: Gary Stretch, Jaleel White, Sarah Lieving
  • Awaken on Saturday, 14 November at 19:00. A woman, who’s searching for her missing sister, is kidnapped and wakes up on an island with a group of random people who’re all fresh prey for those who want to harvest human organs. Cast: Natalie Burn, Jason London, Edward Furlong, Daryl Hannah
  • 200 MPH on Saturday, 28 November at 19:00. An amateur racer enters the dangerous world of underground street racing to avenge his brother's death. Cast: Jaz Martin, Hennely Jimenez, AnnaMaria Demara

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