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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kung fu 1, PANDA 2

As soon as I saw Oogway — the tortoise master from the first movie — as the fisherman on the DreamWorks logo, I knew the crew of the sequel had their hearts in the right place. And, sure enough, Kung Fu Panda 2 (once subtitled “The Kaboom of Doom”) looks absolutely glorious, with a deep,
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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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