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 Winter 2015

After conflicting reports warning of a softer 2014 box-office, the China Film Bureau declared that profits were up thirty-six percent from last year, that more than six hundred Chinese films had been produced, and the total number of cinemas now number 23,600. By any criteria, that’s a lot of eyes, screens, butts, seats, and moolah.
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Martial Arts in Media Autumn 2014

It is seasons like these that the apocryphal “Chinese” curse “May You Live in Interesting Times” comes to mind (although generally considered a translation from the writings of someone like Lao-Tzu or Confucius, an actual Asian source has never be found … for all we know, it could’ve come from a Charlie Chan or Judge
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Calling All Martial Artists…!

…ready to get your minds blown? As some of you may know, I’ve been studying martial arts for more than thirty-five years, but it wasn’t until a dozen years ago that I started to learn what I feel true kung fu is. That began at the 2002 Taiwan Taichi World Championships, where I met the
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Martial Arts in Media 11/13

Oh brother. First, I’m sorry this column is so late in the month, and second, sorry it’s going to be so short. Anyone who knows me probably understands at least one of the reasons why this is such a busy time of the year for me (hint: ho ho ho, second hint: santaconfidential.com). But also,
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The Conjuring Conquers

The Conjuring is the horror film I’ve been waiting for, for decades. First of all, it’s actually a horror film. Horror is defined as “fear of the unknown.” Most, if not all, modern horror films are slasher films or murder films or torture porn films. In fact, the director of The Conjuring, James Wan, helmed
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And Now for Something Completely Ridiculous

I always wondered why the “Vikings” from How to Train Your Dragon spoke with thick Scottish accents…. First, some background. Jeffrey Katzenberg was responsible (mostly according to him, partially according to his studio nemeses) for the resurgence of Walt Disney animation during the Michael Eisner administration (resulting in everything from Beauty and the Beast to
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Martial Arts in Media 11/11

It’s been weeks since my last column, and guess how many kung fu films have come out in the interim? Well, if you guessed zero, zilch, nada, none, or zippo, then you’ll understand one of the reasons why this column’s original home, Inside Kung Fu magazine, ceased publication (and why many video stores in Chinatown,
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Delayed Double Feature: Part 1

I been busy. San Diego Comic Con. San Diego Comic Con Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza. World Premiere of Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie. Kung Fu Meltdownaganzaagogo at Meltdown Comics’ Nerdist Space on Sunset Blvd. Recording my up-coming (8/16/11) appearance on Comedy Film Nerds podcast. Hanging at Just Cause’s motion capture studio in
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36th Chamber 5/10

Dateline America: American companies are stepping up to give sanctuary to an iconic Japanese institution as well as a venerable Chinese pioneer. The Japanese legends are the Super Sentai, a multi-colored team of martial art-powered heroes dedicated to fighting all manner of giant monster unleashed on the world by all sorts of supernatural villains. Sound
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