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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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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Martial Arts in Media 2/13

Sigh. Pardon me for sighing. It’s just that when old film friends take the easy route, or create a great set-up then present a “just kidding” pay-off, it’s hard for me not to sigh. Sigh. After extensive consideration, let me say this. If you discovered and followed Jackie Chan after 1995’s Rumble in the Bronx
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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 12/11

I’ve been busy. You know, what with making lists, checking ‘em twice, etc. So, although there’re a fistful of new kung fu and kung fu related films out on DVD, (including one I’m in!) I won’t be able to get to them until 2012 (yes, that’s how busy I am finding out who’s naughty or
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M.A.I.M. 6/11

Having two magazines collapse under me required some recuperation. Although the fix was in for both Inside Kung Fu and Asian Cult Cinema for quite some time (the pruning of magazine racks over the months didn’t bode well for either niche publication … especially after the former’s game of hot potato with various media conglomerates),
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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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36th Chamber 12/09

Dateline Asia – Great news! Veteran friend of this column, Vincent Lyn (co-star of Jackie Chan’s Operation Condor and Yuen Wo-ping’s Tiger Cage), just came back from Hong Kong and reports that all his friends in the film business are working again…alot. Not in Hong Kong itself, but they’re reporting for duty all over China.
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Ric & Infamous 12/08

Ric & Infamous Writing for a quarterly publication, like comedy, is all about timing. I didn’t really want to review John Woo’s Red Cliff Part 1, until Red Cliff Part 2 premiered in January. But given the on-going paucity of product, Red Cliff Part 1 will have to suffice until next issue. Despite labyrinthine funding
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