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 5/14

The cinemas in China continue to multiply, and the audience continues to grow, but the films that are being fed to them are like meat to lions. If they’re hungry, they’ll devour anything thrown at them and roar for more – no matter how tough the gristle. Producers and studios don’t mind. “Look how successful
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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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The Art of Fight Direction

One of the great experiences of my life, in or out of comic cons and film fests, was when I was invited to participate on “The Art of Fight Direction” panel at 2011’s ActionFest in Asheville, North Carolina. There I got to share the stage (or, to be more accurate, the floor) with Michael Jai
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Dirty Harry Potter

With the creation of Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Lord of the Rings, James Bond, Doctor Who, and now Harry Potter, the UK has taken its place as the center of the popcul world. Heck, even Shakespeare, often taught as culture with a capital “C” is actually popcul at its finest: what with old Will’s ghost stories,
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36th Chamber 11/10

36TH CHAMBER by Ric Meyers RIC REPORTS DATELINE LOS ANGELES — Indomina Releasing, a new feature film distributor, has gone shopping and hit pay dirt. Recently I let you know that they have the North American rights for True Legend — Yuen Wo-ping’s epic, kung-fu-filled, retelling of the Beggar Su legend – but now they
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36th Chamber 10/09

RIC REPORTS Dateline America – Busy, busy, busy. Although stateside martial art movie mavens are reeling from the releases of Ong Bak 2, Ninja Assassin, Avatar, and even Guy Ritchie’s version of Sherlock Holmes, Hollywood producers are falling over themselves prepping new treats for kung-fu film fans. Hitting closest to home is Dark Knight producer
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