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 11/13

Oh brother. First, I’m sorry this column is so late in the month, and second, sorry it’s going to be so short. Anyone who knows me probably understands at least one of the reasons why this is such a busy time of the year for me (hint: ho ho ho, second hint: santaconfidential.com). But also,
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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 8/12

As the Chinese bureau-crazy continues to micro-manage their cinema into stalemated mediocrity (one of their many rules is that a ghost cannot be presented in any media), fans of kung fu cinema continue to try taking things into their own hands. Nowhere was that more evident than at my San Diego Comic Con Superhero Kung
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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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Martial Arts in Media 3/12

Things remain … interesting … for the genre. While The Grandmasters, Wong Kar-wai’s biopic of Yip Man (the reason the other films are about “Ip” Man, since no one wanted to get in the vaunted filmmaker’s way), and RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fist, have both completed principal photography some time back, and there
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Ric & Infamous 5/08

After a six-month drought, suddenly the home video market is welcoming a slew of new efforts – though only one really aspires to anything approaching greatness. Does it come as surprise to anyone that particular film bears the mark of Johnnie To? This exceptional filmmaker reclaims his place as South China’s best director after the
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MAIM 3/08

My DVD library continues to grow by leaps and bounds with films both ridiculous and sublime (and sometimes both). Since I’m now reviewing all sorts of films weekly at my own site, www.RicPicks.com, as well as www.ComicMix.com, more and different movies are coming in all the time. Of all these, I’ve found three (actually six,
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MAIM 2/08

Kung-fu has finally found its optimum exhibition resource: animation. Sure, there’s been animated kung-fu before … Dragon Ball, Fist of the North Star, even a scene in Shrek … but nothing like Kung Fu Panda (voiced by Jack Black). There, because the characters retain their weight and gravity despite being anamorphosized animals, their action is
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