World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article


Article Id: WHEBN0001127540
Reproduction Date:

Title: Chopsocky  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Exploitation film, Television genres, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, Kung fu kid, Kung Fu Fighting
Collection: Fiction Forms, Film Genres, Martial Arts Films, Television Genres
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia


Chopsocky (alternately spelled "chop-socky"[1]) is a colloquial term applied to a diffuse group of martial arts movies, kung fu films made primarily in Hong Kong and Taiwan between the late 1960s and early 1980s, and computer/video games. 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 (particularly exaggerated and sometimes-bizarre sound effects during the actual fight scenes), and excessive violence. These movies also were known for their clumsy dubbing. Although it is commonly used as if it were a name of martial arts cinema by the general media, 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 originator of the term, defined Chopsocky simply as a martial arts film[2] with no negative connotations.


  1. ^ a b "Chopsocky"
  2. ^ [2]

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Fair are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.