Zatoichi 26 Liner Notes

Believe it or not, since posting my 11/13 Martial Arts in Media column, I’ve had some requests to see the liner notes I wrote for the now hard-to-find U.S. DVD release of Shintaro Katsu’s final Zatoichi film, then titled simply Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman. Here then are those liner notes as originally written: More than
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Martial Arts in Media 11/13

Oh brother. First, I’m sorry this column is so late in the month, and second, sorry it’s going to be so short. Anyone who knows me probably understands at least one of the reasons why this is such a busy time of the year for me (hint: ho ho ho, second hint: santaconfidential.com). But also,
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(Not) Frozen in Time

Be warned: it is very hard to discuss the Disney Animation Studio’s new semi-musical film Frozen without teetering periously close to spoilers. But really, spoiler-squawkers, IT’S A DISNEY FILM. Whadyathink, everyone DIES at the end? The reason it’s tough to talk Frozen sans spoilery allusions is that the very thing which makes it special —
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Old Interviews Come Back to….

…tickle me (if it were still Halloween, they might haunt me, but no more). Two years ago, in the wake of the release of both Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Book and Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie, the fine, upstanding UK writer Ben Johnson interviewed me for the Martial Edge
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Thor Not Sore

I quite liked Thor: The Dark World. At first I wasn’t sure whether it was because it was a pleasant surprise after all the negative things I heard about it, but then I realized it had to be good since I was hyper-attuned to whatever inanities and illogicals I had been warned about. And when
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