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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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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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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