MAIM 9/08

Well, all the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, the candles are lit, and everyone’s digesting the delicious Karamu, so naturally it’s time for my belated holiday gift suggestions for all the martial art movie fans on your list. This year’s been a great one for the DVD lover, with classics old and
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MAIM 8/08

Without question, the greatest kung fu movie ever made in America is Kung Fu Panda, which is coming out on DVD in November. I figure some of you are saying “how’s that again?”, but DreamWorks’ little-animated-movie-who-could has been surprising people ever since it came out last June. Essentially the first wholly original DreamWorks film not
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MAIM 7/08

Oh, it’s a busy time of year. As the media starts celebrating the trifecta of Thanksgiving, Chriskwannukah, and New Year’s earlier and earlier, it’s time to officially christen this month as the Pre-Pre-Holiday-Season. Let the shopping frenzy begin! Naturally, one of the toughest to shop for is the martial art movie maven. I mean, how
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MAIM 6/08

We first met Marko Zaror some columns ago when he burst on the international scene in Kiltro – the first “Southern.” In America, there’s the “Western,” where cowboys fight Native Americans, banditos, and each other. But in Chile, where Marko was born and raised, there were no homegrown heroes … until he and childhood friend
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MAIM 5/08

After a worrying dry spell, theaters and stores are finally full of new and maybe new-to-you martial art epics. Whether the productions are Asian or American, they all share the same good intentions. The ones in the movie theaters are obvious to all, so I’ll let you make the final judgment on which movie star
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MAIM 4/08

For thousands of years, kung-fu teachers have offered everyone a method to reach inner harmony as well as a consummate feeling of security. By learning both the internal healing and external martial applications of their time-tested techniques, you could channel and purify your inner energy (chi) and outer serenity to make yourself happy, healthy, and
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MAIM 3/08

My DVD library continues to grow by leaps and bounds with films both ridiculous and sublime (and sometimes both). Since I’m now reviewing all sorts of films weekly at my own site, www.RicPicks.com, as well as www.ComicMix.com, more and different movies are coming in all the time. Of all these, I’ve found three (actually six,
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MAIM 2/08

Kung-fu has finally found its optimum exhibition resource: animation. Sure, there’s been animated kung-fu before … Dragon Ball, Fist of the North Star, even a scene in Shrek … but nothing like Kung Fu Panda (voiced by Jack Black). There, because the characters retain their weight and gravity despite being anamorphosized animals, their action is
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MAIM 1/08

Chinese movies were easy. After all, when I started to seriously research kung-fu films three decades ago, there were six movie theaters in New York City’s Chinatown – each showing a different double feature every week. Japanese movies were a little more dicey. Even though they were more lauded than Hong Kong films, there were
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