Martial Arts in Media Summer 2015

So there I am, clutching a box of chocolate-covered peanuts, feeling like a kid at a Saturday matinee, waiting for Mission Impossible Rogue Nation to whisk me away for a globe-hopping, action-packed joyride — when, right there on the big, modified Imax screen, comes the production company title cards. Sure, there was J.J. Abrams’ Bad
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Mohegan Sunning @ ComiConn!

Hey, anybody remember seeing me at the Trumbull Connecticut ComiConn a couple years back? Well, it (and I) have grown since then, so it is coming back at the amazing Mohegan Sun Convention Center and Uncas Ballroom in Uncasville, CT, and so am I (but only on Sunday, August 16th, starting at 10am). I’ll bring
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My Kickstarter is … Live!

As advertised on the Comedy Film Nerds podcast, my oft-threatened Kickstarter campaign to finance a permanent library of interviews with the great kung fu filmmakers (before it’s too late) is running from August 1 to August 31st. Go … There … Now! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/641892274/films-of-fury-the-once-and-future-interviews-doc-b Thank you. Manzou!

Attack of the Comedy Film Nerds!

Well, if the San Diego Comic Con has just passed, can my annual appearance on the Comedy Film Nerds be far behind? That’s an easy question. So, if you want to hear me babble about the state of fight scenes and Asian action cinema — while stand-up comics, writers, and filmmakers Graham Elwood and Chris
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Well Go USA Member Yet? Well, Go!

There are all sorts of reasons you should head on over to Well Go USA’s site, or Facebook Page, and sign up for their free newsletter. Mostly, you’ll get advance updates, sneak peeks, and giveaways all about their amazing movies. If you didn’t already know, Well Go USA is now the best game in town
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2015 SanDiegoComiCon KungfuExtravaganza Playlist!

The 18th Annual San Diego Comic Con Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza is a wrap, and was awesome sauce – thanks to you, my co-hosts, Well Go USA, and all the filmmakers who made the eye-bulging, jaw-dropping clips we showed. So, as is the relatively new tradition, here’s a run down of what we showed (and
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SanDiegoComicCon: 18th Time’s the Charm?

Got your badge (if you don’t by now, the overwhelming odds are you can skip this post)? If so, I hope you’ll stop by my the 18th Annual San Diego Comic Con Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza, set for Thursday night, July 9th, in Room 6A of the Convention Center, from 8 to 10:30pm. We even
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Within Our GRASP

It never fails to amaze me who wants me to attend their event. I’m gratified to guest at hundreds of celebrations all over the world, but also somewhat mystified because some of them don’t seem to be a natural fit with my areas of (so-called) expertise. But, like a good vampire, I go where I’m
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Introducing MMA (not what you think)!

I’ve been studying martial arts since 1978, but the reason I only practiced it occasionally is that, like Bruce Lee, it didn’t speak to me until relatively recently. As Lau Kar-leung (Liu Chia-liang) said, “(Bruce) hit to hurt, for the pleasure of the strikes (for more Master Lau on Bruce, see page 92 of my
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Martial Arts in Media Spring 2015

Any filmmaker who prize their creative freedom may never make another film in China, unless they need money or things change. At the moment all Chinese filmmakers (Hong Kong included/especially) have to brave the gauntlet of Governmental review at the start and end of production (at the very least). Even for those willing and able
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