There are dozens of genre film festivals around the world, and we either can’t afford – or don’t have the time – to go to any of them. We’re guessing a lot of you are in the same boat. On Cinema Smorgasbord presents Cinema Fantastica we pick one of those festivals, a year in which it ran, and choose two films that played at that festival to BATTLE against each other.

On the premiere episode we go back to the very first edition of Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival to look at two feature length anime favorites. First Doug puts forward the astrological post-apocalyptic madness of 1986’s FIST OF THE NORTH STAR, and then Liam serves up the ultra-violent, ultra-sexy, ultra-misogynistic WICKED CITY from 1987!

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It’s the first episode of Cinema Smorgasbord, and we’re kicking off with WE DO OUR OWN STUNTS: A  JACKIE CHAN PODCAST! This podcast is, as you might have guessed, devoted to the life and work of actor JACKIE CHAN, including his vast filmography, his recorded work, cartoons, video games and so much more!

On the premiere episode we go back to 1971 for Jackie Chan’s very first starring role: CUB TIGER FROM KWANG TUNG (a.k.a LITTLE TIGER OF CANTON). Jackie was only 17-years-old when he appeared in the starring role of Hsiao Hu, but had been acting regularly since he was a child; even appearing in Shaw Brothers classics COME DRINK WITH ME and A TOUCH OF ZEN!

But that’s not all! We follow it up with a discussion of MASTER WITH CRACKED FINGERS, a re-edited version of CUB TIGER that added in 50% new footage using a Jackie Chan double and appearances by Chan regulars Yuen Siu Tien and Dean Shek.

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Here’s the rare footage of the Seven Little Fortunes from the episode of I SPY entitled “No Return On Damaged Merchandise”.