Chopsocky

Chopsocky

Chopsocky 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 Variety magazine. The word is a play on chop suey (Chinese for 'mixed pieces'), combining "chop" (as in karate chop; a strike with the edge of the hand) and "socky" or "sock" (as in a punch). Thus, "chop" and "punches" are an appropriate term for movies and books with "martial arts" themes.

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, the word is a disparaging term against it as a whole.

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