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Punningly from chop suey, chop (fighting blow), and sock (punch). Coined by Variety magazine.


chopsocky (uncountable)

  1. (film, colloquial) A genre of exaggerated martial arts films made primarily in Hong Kong and Taiwan during the 1960s and 1970s.
    • 1983, Variety's Film Reviews: 1978-1980
      Chopsocky actioner with standard fight scenes and atrocious dubbing.
    • 2001, Lisa Morton, The Cinema of Tsui Hark
      The chopsocky films garnered a small following in this country precisely because of their often-ludicrous dubbing and the unrealistically-hard smacking...
    • 2003, Gary D Rawnsley, Political Communications in Greater China
      ...bad enough that we settle for the typical chopsocky fare or do we protest and demand more realistic portrayals...
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