Crouching Tiger Two, Hidden Dragon Zero

I have not been looking forward to this for quite some time. The Weinstein Company’s inexplicable campaign to marginalize Asian action films, and minimize its effect on American cinema, has been going on for decades now (see my Daily Grindhouse op-ed one post away on this site). Even as far as two years ago I
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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 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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Martial Arts in Media 9/13

I’ll tell you the truth. After having seen the Hong Kong DVD version of The Grandmaster several times, the San Diego Comic Con version, and now the Northeastern American theatrical release, I can’t be sure what’s in which cut anymore. But I’m fairly certain that the latter edition – the one that is now being
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Martial Arts in Media 12/11

I’ve been busy. You know, what with making lists, checking ‘em twice, etc. So, although there’re a fistful of new kung fu and kung fu related films out on DVD, (including one I’m in!) I won’t be able to get to them until 2012 (yes, that’s how busy I am finding out who’s naughty or
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36th Chamber 2/09

Here we are, the third installment of Inside Kung-Fu’s new Entertainment Section — named in honor of Liu Chia-liang’s classic 36th Chamber of Shaolin — where, like “Master Killer” San-te before me, I try to bring kung-fu out from behind exclusive walls to the wild, weird world. RIC’S REPORTS Dateline America: The buzz is growing,
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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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