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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Martial Arts in Media Summer 2015

So there I am, clutching a box of chocolate-covered peanuts, feeling like a kid at a Saturday matinee, waiting for Mission Impossible Rogue Nation to whisk me away for a globe-hopping, action-packed joyride — when, right there on the big, modified Imax screen, comes the production company title cards. Sure, there was J.J. Abrams’ Bad
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Introducing MMA (not what you think)!

I’ve been studying martial arts since 1978, but the reason I only practiced it occasionally is that, like Bruce Lee, it didn’t speak to me until relatively recently. As Lau Kar-leung (Liu Chia-liang) said, “(Bruce) hit to hurt, for the pleasure of the strikes (for more Master Lau on Bruce, see page 92 of my
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Martial Arts in Media Spring 2015

Any filmmaker who prize their creative freedom may never make another film in China, unless they need money or things change. At the moment all Chinese filmmakers (Hong Kong included/especially) have to brave the gauntlet of Governmental review at the start and end of production (at the very least). Even for those willing and able
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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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Ithacalling Black Dragons!

I had been studying martial arts since 1978 — and was beginning to seriously doubt I’d ever be able to match up what I saw in Liu Chia-liang movies and what I saw in hundreds, if not thousands, of dojos, gyms, and studios throughout the world — when I was lucky enough to be sent
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Martial Arts in Media 3/14

After months, if not years, of drips and drabs, the martial arts media world has erupted with some major events, with promises of more landmark thrills in the months ahead. First, there’s Kung Fu, award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang’s homage to Bruce Lee. This theatrical event is playing at the beautiful Signature Theater at 480
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Martial Arts in Media 7/13

As you may remember last time, my review of Saving General Yang was tragically interrupted by the death of cinema’s greatest kung fu filmmaker, Liu Chia-liang/Lau Kar-leung. While the genre may not recover, martial arts in media trudges on. Saving General Yang is the latest in a long line of films (not to mention plays
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Jackie & Me

It’s time I face it. Jackie Chan’s my martial art movie muse. His Drunken Monkey in a Tiger’s Eye (Drunken Master, 1978) was the film that inspired me to write my first martial art movie book (which was published in the early 1980’s). I had already seen Five Fingers of Death and Enter the Dragon,
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