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 Summer 2014

Notice anything different about the headline? Yes, the day has finally arrived. Although I have maintained this monthly column for Inside Kung-Fu magazine and on this site for decades, the martial art movie is in such dire straits — from Chinese Government interference to American studio sabotage, as well as the general creeping generic action
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Martial Arts in Media 10/13

Anyone who reads this, or read my Inside Kung Fu and Asian Cult Cinema columns knows I love Johnnie To. And, if you only read the former, you know I was really looking forward to Blind Detective, the latest film from To (and longtime collaborator Wai Ka-fai). And when the totally unnecessarily 130 minute movie
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Martial Arts in Media 9/12

Rarely has the title of this column been more accurate. When I started this decades ago for Inside Kung Fu magazine, it was called Martial Arts in Movies, with my intention to shorten it to the apt moniker of M.A.I.M. When our illustrious editor Dave Cater nixed that contraction, the column rolled merrily along until
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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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Martial Arts in Media 11/11

It’s been weeks since my last column, and guess how many kung fu films have come out in the interim? Well, if you guessed zero, zilch, nada, none, or zippo, then you’ll understand one of the reasons why this column’s original home, Inside Kung Fu magazine, ceased publication (and why many video stores in Chinatown,
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M.A.I.M. 6/11

Having two magazines collapse under me required some recuperation. Although the fix was in for both Inside Kung Fu and Asian Cult Cinema for quite some time (the pruning of magazine racks over the months didn’t bode well for either niche publication … especially after the former’s game of hot potato with various media conglomerates),
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Inside Kung Fu Archive Intro

Inside Kung Fu magazine recently ceased publication, but, by then, I had been contributing monthly entertainment columns for more than two decades. Hence, this section, where I will archive my work (that haven’t been lost to typewriter ribbons, floppy discs and woefully out of date hard drives) Enjoy?