Martial Arts in Media Winter 2016

American author Thomas Wolfe once wrote a book called You Can’t Go Home Again – a phrase that, over the years, has come to signify that attempting to recapture the joys of one’s youth is folly. In fact, on the Wikipedia page it flatly states “attempts to relive youthful memories will always fail.” Well, if
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Martial Arts in Media Autumn 2015

Well, that’s that. A combination of rampant bootlegging and a paucity of product has done in the last store in New York City’s Chinatown that still sold actual, authentic, legal DVDs and VCDs. Rest in peace P Music Video Corp. Thanks for your honesty, patience, and dedication. Rest assured, however, if the store had been
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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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San Diego Comic Con Kung Fu Extravaganza 2014 Playlist!

For those of you who couldn’t make it, and even for those who could, here’s what’s becoming as much a tradition as the Extravaganza itself: my dissection of the show, telling/reminding you what clips I showed, as well as the clips I/you missed! This was a year of firsts, starting with my introduction. In the
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Martial Arts in Media Summer 2014

Notice anything different about the headline? Yes, the day has finally arrived. Although I have maintained this monthly column for Inside Kung-Fu magazine and on this site for decades, the martial art movie is in such dire straits — from Chinese Government interference to American studio sabotage, as well as the general creeping generic action
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Martial Arts in Media 3/14

After months, if not years, of drips and drabs, the martial arts media world has erupted with some major events, with promises of more landmark thrills in the months ahead. First, there’s Kung Fu, award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang’s homage to Bruce Lee. This theatrical event is playing at the beautiful Signature Theater at 480
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Martial Arts in Media 10/13

Anyone who reads this, or read my Inside Kung Fu and Asian Cult Cinema columns knows I love Johnnie To. And, if you only read the former, you know I was really looking forward to Blind Detective, the latest film from To (and longtime collaborator Wai Ka-fai). And when the totally unnecessarily 130 minute movie
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Martial Arts in Media 7/13

As you may remember last time, my review of Saving General Yang was tragically interrupted by the death of cinema’s greatest kung fu filmmaker, Liu Chia-liang/Lau Kar-leung. While the genre may not recover, martial arts in media trudges on. Saving General Yang is the latest in a long line of films (not to mention plays
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