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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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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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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2012’s “Best & Worst” Films

It’s that time of year again…and everybody knows it. So many people know it, in fact, that many of the major top-tenners are trying to spin the yearly ritual, with untraditional approaches to the inventory. But not here, baby. Except, of course, since I have (less than) half the scope, reach, and influence of the
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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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Martial Arts in Media 1/12

Ok, this is beginning to depress me. First, there was the realization that there was not a single great kung fu movie last year. Now this. It’s not so much that the films below were disappointing, but that they were so slapdash – especially from a storytelling standpoint. Once upon a time, Hong Kong-slash-Chinese cinema
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36th Chamber 10/10

36th Chamber by Ric Meyers RIC REPORTS DATELINE LA – New Los Angeles (and Dominican Republic)-based distributor Indomina Releasing has picked up all North American rights to True Legend starring Vincent Zhao, Gordon Liu, Michelle Yeoh, Nicholas Tse, and the late David Carradine. The Edko Films, Universal Pictures International and Shanghai Film Studio production received
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36th Chamber 11/09

Dateline Asia – I’ve got bad news, good news, and great news. The good news is that a new Shaolin Temple movie is in the works. The bad news is that Jet Li, who became a movie star in the 1982 landmark Shaolin Temple film, will not be in it. The great news is that
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36th Chamber 9/09

Dateline Asia – Although unemployment in the South China film industry is still being reported as nearing seventy percent, those who are working are as busy as bees. The King Bee has got to be Donnie Yen, who openly admitted that he has at least half-a-dozen roles lined up for the year. Probably the most
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Ric & Infamous 3/9

It was the best of three months, it was the worst of three months. An insider friend of mine tells me that a full seventy percent of Hong Kong film workers are unemployed, which is certainly reflected in the frequency and quality of the once vital industry’s output. Meanwhile, in this neck of the woods,
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