2016 SDCC Kung Fu Extravaganza Playlist!

Well, this was one for the record books – perhaps the most balanced, consistent, exciting Extravaganza, with an exceptional ratio of gasps, laughs, and cheers. It started with the introductions, beginning with the man who helped start it all – Frank Djeng, the Tai Seng Entertainment “Master of Remaster.” Sadly, Tai Seng, that pioneering distributor
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SanDie-GO ComicCon KungFu Extravaganza!

It’s that time of year again, when 1000+ rabid martial art movie fans converge on Room 6A of the San Diego Convention Center for 150 minutes of the most eye-popping, mind-blowing, stomach-jumping action scenes of the year. Yes, it’s San Diego Comic Con Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza time. If you’re one of the lucky, relatively,
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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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Urban Action Showcasing

It’s back and better than ever! See! The stars of The Last Dragon, American Ninja, and Mortal Kombat! See! New action film premieres! See! The Deadly Angels of Action! Auditions for action experts! Attend star-filled panels! Eat with the experts! Watch awards! It’s all at the beautiful AMC Empire Theater (234 West 42nd Street in
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San Diego Comic Con Kung Fu Extravaganza 2014 Playlist!

For those of you who couldn’t make it, and even for those who could, here’s what’s becoming as much a tradition as the Extravaganza itself: my dissection of the show, telling/reminding you what clips I showed, as well as the clips I/you missed! This was a year of firsts, starting with my introduction. In the
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Comiconners, Here Are Your Guest Stars!

Yup, we’re doing it again: for the 17th time in fact. But as always, the San Diego Comic Con needs my Kung Fu Extravaganza blurb for their program book long before we can lock in our special guest stars (because of their busy schedules). So, because the 150,000+ attendees are also all set long before
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SanDiegoComiCon KungFuExtravaganza Lives!

Sixteen years. And that’s just the Kung Fu Extravaganza. I seem to remember attending the San Diego Comic Con for several years prior to that. Any veteran visitor to this site knows, from last year’s post(s), that the powers-that-are have not made attending the SDCC, in this second decade of the 21st century, particularly pleasant. Seemingly,
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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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San Diego Comic Con Kung Fu Extravaganza Playlist 2012

The San Diego Comic Con Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza has been great every year, but this 15th anniversary year was even more special, because it was great for several new reasons. It was the first time I had definitely scheduled guest stars — six rather than the one or two I have previously presented –
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San Diego Comic Con Man

Yes, it’s that time of year again. After punishing a quarter of a million people to protect themselves from a few dozen cheats, the San Diego Comic Con is finally set and ready to go go go. Now, if all goes according to schedule, I’ve got my 15th Annual Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza to host
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