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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Martial Arts in Media 2/14

If you want to know just how “interesting” it is to make a movie in China today, you need go no further than the first minute of the opening credits for Jackie Chan’s newest, Police Story 2013. There, for almost a full sixty seconds, comes a parade of pre-title personages. There are, in order of
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Martial Arts in Media 10/12

Studio execs like to pretend that quality has nothing to do with it. As long as films have existed, there’s always been a cinematic cadre of insecure people who like to make their estimations of success without considering the quality of the films presented. Kung fu films are no different … and yet they are.
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Martial Arts in Media 4/12

Things are looking up. Donnie Yen has signed for another Ip Man movie (in 3D yet). The advertisements for Stephen Fung’s (House of Fury) new film, Tai Chi 0 (the first in a planned trilogy), have gone up in Beijing (and the movie has been sold to Well Go USA for U.S. release as well).
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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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