A History of Disrespect

In “honor” of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, I have been re-linking to my now somewhat (in)famous editorial for Daily Grindhouse about The Weinstein Company’s campaign to marginalize and minimize Asian action cinema … only to find that the Daily Grindhouse site is M.I.A. … maybe temporarily, maybe forever. In any case, thought
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Martial Arts in Media Winter 2015

After conflicting reports warning of a softer 2014 box-office, the China Film Bureau declared that profits were up thirty-six percent from last year, that more than six hundred Chinese films had been produced, and the total number of cinemas now number 23,600. By any criteria, that’s a lot of eyes, screens, butts, seats, and moolah.
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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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Martial Arts in Media 10/12

Studio execs like to pretend that quality has nothing to do with it. As long as films have existed, there’s always been a cinematic cadre of insecure people who like to make their estimations of success without considering the quality of the films presented. Kung fu films are no different … and yet they are.
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36th Chamber 7/10

Dateline America – For the 125,000 folks at the annual San Diego Comic Con – America’s preeminent pop culture event – the big kung-fu revelation was about how Go Well USA, a distributor best known for their educational, fitness, instructional, documentaries, animation, music performance, and Broadway show DVDs, was not just putting their toes in
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36th Chamber 3/10

Dateline Asia – Well, okay, we know that Jackie Chan is calling it quits for major kung-fu fighting after doing the new Shaolin Temple movie and Armor of God III: Chinese Zodiac, while Jet Li is looking to lessen his screen action even further after appearing in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables, right? But what about
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Ric & Infamous 3/9

It was the best of three months, it was the worst of three months. An insider friend of mine tells me that a full seventy percent of Hong Kong film workers are unemployed, which is certainly reflected in the frequency and quality of the once vital industry’s output. Meanwhile, in this neck of the woods,
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36th Chamber 1/09

Welcome to the second installment of Inside Kung-Fu’s new Entertainment Section — named in honor of Liu Chia-liang’s classic 36th Chamber of Shaolin — where I, like “Master Killer” San-te before me, brings kung-fu out from behind exclusive walls to the wide, wonderful, world beyond. RIC’S REPORTS Dateline America: Oh, once upon a time, American
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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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