SummerFall (& Final!) Martial Arts in Media 2016

This may, or may not, be a momentous bang and/or whimper occasion. I can’t remember exactly when I started writing this column for the gone-and-might-be-forgotten (albeit, in some quarters, fondly remembered) Inside Kung-Fu magazine, but I seem to recall it was around 1991. That makes it a nice round anniversary, since the final issue of
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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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Museum o’Moving Image Pole Fighter!

Had a great time co-presenting the glorious films at the Old School Kung Fu Fest from April 19 through the 20th, and looking forward to attending the annual New York Asian Film Festival in Lincoln Center during June and July (with special guest Jimmy Wang “One-Armed Swordsman” Yu!). But first I’m delighted that the Lau
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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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Martial Arts In Media January 2013

Well, Jackie Chan’s “last” kung fu film, Chinese Zodiac, AKA CZ12, came out in China in 12/12 (but don’t worry: he’s already announced a new Police Story and Rush Hour film). And, as its many coming attraction trailers and posters seemed to promise, it was essentially a remake of Operation Condor; complete with dithering, automatic-weapon-bungling
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New York Asian Film Fest Everyone?

For the last ten years, at around this time, the place to be was at the New York Asian Film Festival. Now, in its eleventh year, the place to be is still the New York Asian Film Festival, at its super plush and cuddly home in the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center and the
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