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 11/13

Oh brother. First, I’m sorry this column is so late in the month, and second, sorry it’s going to be so short. Anyone who knows me probably understands at least one of the reasons why this is such a busy time of the year for me (hint: ho ho ho, second hint: santaconfidential.com). But also,
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RIC CON = Rhode Island Comic Con!

Well, how could I not RSVP a comic con seemingly named after me? If you’re at or around the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence Rhode Island the second two days in November, not only can you get any of my three newest books (For One Week Only: The World of Exploitation Films, Films of
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Martial Arts in Media 7/12

Every once in awhile, a film comes along that is so special, so unique, and so meaningful that it requires showcasing and/or spotlighting. Therefore, I am dedicating this entire column to one such film — that I was lucky enough to see at the always exceptional New York Asian Film Festival. The Sword Identity is
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“My” Kung Fu Movie (Movie) VOD Premieres!

Okay, okay, let’s get the facts first. To quote the press release: “Phase 4 Films Announces the World Premiere of the action-packed Documentary featuring the greatest martial arts stars of all time! Phase 4 Films is pleased to announce the video-on-demand (VOD) World Premiere of FILMS OF FURY: THE KUNG FU MOVIE MOVIE on November
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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 5/09

Dateline America – The Crow is set to fly again. James O’Barr’s comicbook creation has inspired a legion of fans since the first film production made Brandon Lee a superstar … under tragic circumstances. Now, after several sequels and a fitful TV adaptation, Stephen Norrington has signed on to write and direct a reinvention. Although
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36th Chamber 2/09

Here we are, the third installment of Inside Kung-Fu’s new Entertainment Section — named in honor of Liu Chia-liang’s classic 36th Chamber of Shaolin — where, like “Master Killer” San-te before me, I try to bring kung-fu out from behind exclusive walls to the wild, weird world. RIC’S REPORTS Dateline America: The buzz is growing,
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