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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2016 SDCC Kung Fu Extravaganza Playlist!

Well, this was one for the record books – perhaps the most balanced, consistent, exciting Extravaganza, with an exceptional ratio of gasps, laughs, and cheers. It started with the introductions, beginning with the man who helped start it all – Frank Djeng, the Tai Seng Entertainment “Master of Remaster.” Sadly, Tai Seng, that pioneering distributor
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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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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 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 Summer 2014

Notice anything different about the headline? Yes, the day has finally arrived. Although I have maintained this monthly column for Inside Kung-Fu magazine and on this site for decades, the martial art movie is in such dire straits — from Chinese Government interference to American studio sabotage, as well as the general creeping generic action
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Think You Know Kung Fu Films?

You don’t if you haven’t seen the films of Lau Kar-leung, without doubt the greatest kung fu filmmaker in action movie history. Well, lucky you! Because from Friday, April 18th until Sunday, April 20th, Subway Cinema and the Anthology Film Archives, in cooperation with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (New York), are presenting
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Martial Arts in Media 4/14

In the shadow of the Hong Kong Film Awards April 13th, the China Directors’ Guild Awards refused to bestow any Best Picture or Best Director prizes, because “the artistic quality of the films in contention was too low to deserve honor.” On the one hand, this was a protest that the government still refuses to
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Martial Arts in Media 1/14

For the first time since China took over Hong Kong in 1997, the future looks interesting (at the least) and hopeful (at the most) for kung fu film fans. To put that contention in perspective, The Hollywood Reporter recently cited Chinese cinema’s growing concern about international disparities. “While China’s domestic box office in 2012 was
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SanDiegoComiCon KungFuExtravaganza Lives!

Sixteen years. And that’s just the Kung Fu Extravaganza. I seem to remember attending the San Diego Comic Con for several years prior to that. Any veteran visitor to this site knows, from last year’s post(s), that the powers-that-are have not made attending the SDCC, in this second decade of the 21st century, particularly pleasant. Seemingly,
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