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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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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Martial Arts in Media 3/13

It’s post Chinese New Year celebration time, and the movie release schedule was amped up accordingly. And between Wong Kar-wai’s “official” Yip Man bio-action-pic The Grandmasters, and Stephen Chow’s Journey to the West, things are actually looking up for the first time in a long time. Serving as yin to this yang is the continuing
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Martial Arts in Media 4/12

Things are looking up. Donnie Yen has signed for another Ip Man movie (in 3D yet). The advertisements for Stephen Fung’s (House of Fury) new film, Tai Chi 0 (the first in a planned trilogy), have gone up in Beijing (and the movie has been sold to Well Go USA for U.S. release as well).
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Films of Fury DVDelay

I know, I know…! I saw the huge lines outside all the DVD stores this morning, stretching back blocks — all the fans cosplaying their kung fu film favorites: Bruce Lee in Game of Death, Lo Lieh as Pei Mei in Executioners from Shaolin, Gordon Liu as Pei Mei in Kill Bill Part 2, Jackie
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True-ish Legend

True Legend is not brilliant, but it is beautiful. For kung fu film novices, it’ll be an eyeful, but for veteran enthusiasts it’s a fascinating distillation of director/choreographer Yuen Wo-ping’s talents – both for good and ill. Remember, this is the man best known in America for choreographing The Matrix movies, but best known in
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Warlords 1, Shaolin 0

For a movie titled Shaolin, which was officially sanctioned by the Shaolin Temple, you’d think there would be more about Shaolin — the temple, the monks, the history, and the martial arts — wouldn’t you? I and my kungfumovienite guests, as well as seemingly the Chinese box office and film critics, certainly did. But producer/director
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36th Chamber 10/10

36th Chamber by Ric Meyers RIC REPORTS DATELINE LA – New Los Angeles (and Dominican Republic)-based distributor Indomina Releasing has picked up all North American rights to True Legend starring Vincent Zhao, Gordon Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Nicholas Tse, and the late David Carradine. The Edko Films, Universal Pictures International and Shanghai Film Studio production received
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36th Chamber 9/10

36th Chamber by Ric Meyers RIC REPORTS DATELINE ASIA – My China correspondent Ian Powers reported that 2011 and 2012 would return Asian kung fu films to the top of cinematic heap, and evidence is already appearing. In just the last few weeks, there have been star-studded premieres of some of the most anxiously awaited
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