Crouching Tiger Two, Hidden Dragon Zero

I have not been looking forward to this for quite some time. The Weinstein Company’s inexplicable campaign to marginalize Asian action films, and minimize its effect on American cinema, has been going on for decades now (see my Daily Grindhouse op-ed one post away on this site). Even as far as two years ago I
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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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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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36th Chamber 8/09

Dateline America – The new Green Hornet finally has its new Kato. After weeks of speculation and auditions on both coasts (as well as everywhere in between), star Seth Rogen and director Michel Gondry have chosen Taiwanese singing/acting superstar Jay Chou to step into the very big shoes left by Enter the Dragon’s star and
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36th Chamber 7/09

Dateline America – It seems that one was never in and one’s out. As reported online at aint-it-cool-news, the great Danny Trejo was never actually cast in Sylvester Stallone’s highly anticipated The Expendables. According to an on-set visit and interview with the director/writer/star, Sly wanted to find a place for the respected actor, but between
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