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 Autumn 2015

Well, that’s that. A combination of rampant bootlegging and a paucity of product has done in the last store in New York City’s Chinatown that still sold actual, authentic, legal DVDs and VCDs. Rest in peace P Music Video Corp. Thanks for your honesty, patience, and dedication. Rest assured, however, if the store had been
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Martial Arts in Media 8/13

As studios on each side of the oceans scramble to play nice-nice so they can get a piece of China’s burgeoning movie finances and audiences, the results can be both hopeful and crest-falling. Squarely in the latter category is Switch, writer/director Jay Sun’s magnificent mess, seemingly created to bite off hunks of Roger Moore’s James
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Martial Arts in Media 5/13

Nowhere is the Chinese Government’s portentous effect on its artists more apparent than in the “Chinese cut” of Iron Man 3. In order to appease the gatekeepers who held the permission for the film to be shown in China, somebody had to create less than five minutes of China-centric footage, featuring Wang Xueqi (Reign of
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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 12/11

I’ve been busy. You know, what with making lists, checking ‘em twice, etc. So, although there’re a fistful of new kung fu and kung fu related films out on DVD, (including one I’m in!) I won’t be able to get to them until 2012 (yes, that’s how busy I am finding out who’s naughty or
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kung fu 1, PANDA 2

As soon as I saw Oogway — the tortoise master from the first movie — as the fisherman on the DreamWorks logo, I knew the crew of the sequel had their hearts in the right place. And, sure enough, Kung Fu Panda 2 (once subtitled “The Kaboom of Doom”) looks absolutely glorious, with a deep,
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36th Chamber 12/09

Dateline Asia – Great news! Veteran friend of this column, Vincent Lyn (co-star of Jackie Chan’s Operation Condor and Yuen Wo-ping’s Tiger Cage), just came back from Hong Kong and reports that all his friends in the film business are working again…alot. Not in Hong Kong itself, but they’re reporting for duty all over China.
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36th Chamber 8/09

Dateline America – The new Green Hornet finally has its new Kato. After weeks of speculation and auditions on both coasts (as well as everywhere in between), star Seth Rogen and director Michel Gondry have chosen Taiwanese singing/acting superstar Jay Chou to step into the very big shoes left by Enter the Dragon’s star and
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36th Chamber 7/09

Dateline America – It seems that one was never in and one’s out. As reported online at aint-it-cool-news, the great Danny Trejo was never actually cast in Sylvester Stallone’s highly anticipated The Expendables. According to an on-set visit and interview with the director/writer/star, Sly wanted to find a place for the respected actor, but between
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