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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2015 SanDiegoComiCon KungfuExtravaganza Playlist!

The 18th Annual San Diego Comic Con Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza is a wrap, and was awesome sauce – thanks to you, my co-hosts, Well Go USA, and all the filmmakers who made the eye-bulging, jaw-dropping clips we showed. So, as is the relatively new tradition, here’s a run down of what we showed (and
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Martial Arts in Media 3/13

It’s post Chinese New Year celebration time, and the movie release schedule was amped up accordingly. And between Wong Kar-wai’s “official” Yip Man bio-action-pic The Grandmasters, and Stephen Chow’s Journey to the West, things are actually looking up for the first time in a long time. Serving as yin to this yang is the continuing
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Martial Arts in Media 9/12

Rarely has the title of this column been more accurate. When I started this decades ago for Inside Kung Fu magazine, it was called Martial Arts in Movies, with my intention to shorten it to the apt moniker of M.A.I.M. When our illustrious editor Dave Cater nixed that contraction, the column rolled merrily along until
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Martial Arts in Media 3/12

Things remain … interesting … for the genre. While The Grandmasters, Wong Kar-wai’s biopic of Yip Man (the reason the other films are about “Ip” Man, since no one wanted to get in the vaunted filmmaker’s way), and RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fist, have both completed principal photography some time back, and there
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Martial Arts in Media: Sept. 2011

Chinese movie theater construction is growing exponentially, so, happily, more features are appearing faster, but with the gutting of the industry through bootlegging, great films are still few and far between. To compensate, well-meaning filmmakers are indulging themselves, resulting in watchable, if not wonderful, efforts. Nowhere is that better exemplified than in Bangkok Knockout, one
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36th Chamber 12/10

36TH CHAMBER by Ric Meyers RIC REPORTS DATELINE NEW YORK — You ever have one of those days when you need to see a great movie right away? Well, for those sudden cinematic urges, now Media Blasters and Rareflix has a solution they introduced late last year: DVD rental kiosks that specialize in great Japanese
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36th Chamber 12/8

Welcome to Inside Kung-Fu’s new Entertainment Section named for the Liu Chia-liang classic 36th Chamber of Shaolin (US: Master Killer). In that kung-fu masterpiece, priest San-Te (Gordon Liu) mastered all of the Shaolin Temple’s 35 chambers of training, and was asked which he would want to teach in. He responded with the creation of the
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MAIM 5/08

After a worrying dry spell, theaters and stores are finally full of new and maybe new-to-you martial art epics. Whether the productions are Asian or American, they all share the same good intentions. The ones in the movie theaters are obvious to all, so I’ll let you make the final judgment on which movie star
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Ric & Infamous 2/08

Three movies. In six months. Twenty-four weeks. A hundred and eighty-three days (or thereabouts). Four thousand three hundred and ninety-two hours. T-h-r-e-e films. See, this column was delayed by three months. It was originally written to appear in the previous issue. But that was an anniversary celebration, so our illustrious editor only had room for
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