SummerFall (& Final!) Martial Arts in Media 2016

This may, or may not, be a momentous bang and/or whimper occasion. I can’t remember exactly when I started writing this column for the gone-and-might-be-forgotten (albeit, in some quarters, fondly remembered) Inside Kung-Fu magazine, but I seem to recall it was around 1991. That makes it a nice round anniversary, since the final issue of
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Martial Arts in Media 2/14

If you want to know just how “interesting” it is to make a movie in China today, you need go no further than the first minute of the opening credits for Jackie Chan’s newest, Police Story 2013. There, for almost a full sixty seconds, comes a parade of pre-title personages. There are, in order of
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Martial Arts in Media 8/13

As studios on each side of the oceans scramble to play nice-nice so they can get a piece of China’s burgeoning movie finances and audiences, the results can be both hopeful and crest-falling. Squarely in the latter category is Switch, writer/director Jay Sun’s magnificent mess, seemingly created to bite off hunks of Roger Moore’s James
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SDCC KungFuExtravaganza 2013 Playlist!

Thanks everybody for maybe the best San Diego Comic Con Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza ever. It was a real sweet sixteen(th anniversary) party! The mix of clips, guest stars, premieres, laughs, gasps, and cheers seemed to be on an optimum level … to the point that even I stopped worrying about how it was going
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Jackie & Me

It’s time I face it. Jackie Chan’s my martial art movie muse. His Drunken Monkey in a Tiger’s Eye (Drunken Master, 1978) was the film that inspired me to write my first martial art movie book (which was published in the early 1980’s). I had already seen Five Fingers of Death and Enter the Dragon,
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Martial Arts in Media 2/13

Sigh. Pardon me for sighing. It’s just that when old film friends take the easy route, or create a great set-up then present a “just kidding” pay-off, it’s hard for me not to sigh. Sigh. After extensive consideration, let me say this. If you discovered and followed Jackie Chan after 1995’s Rumble in the Bronx
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Martial Arts in Media 12/12

December is a big month for cinema all over the world. As Hollywood rushes out its Oscar bait before the turn of the year, many countries try to screen audience catnip for the holiday season. China is no exception, especially since it’s now predicted that Asia will be the largest movie market in the world
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Martial Arts in Media 5/12

Things are happening. Not now. But they’re happening. As the Chinese movie audience swells, and mainland cinemas are being erected almost as fast as the populace can buy cars to drive to them, more locally-grow films are being demanded to fill the nationalist need. And, of course, the one thing the Chinese do better than
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36th Chamber 5/10

Dateline America: American companies are stepping up to give sanctuary to an iconic Japanese institution as well as a venerable Chinese pioneer. The Japanese legends are the Super Sentai, a multi-colored team of martial art-powered heroes dedicated to fighting all manner of giant monster unleashed on the world by all sorts of supernatural villains. Sound
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