Crouching Tiger Two, Hidden Dragon Zero

I have not been looking forward to this for quite some time. The Weinstein Company’s inexplicable campaign to marginalize Asian action films, and minimize its effect on American cinema, has been going on for decades now (see my Daily Grindhouse op-ed one post away on this site). Even as far as two years ago I
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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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Back to the Grind(house)

Not too long ago, my new friend Geoff Hunt asked me to write an op-ed piece for his Daily Grindhouse website about The Weinstein Company’s on-going efforts to minimize and marginalize Asian cinema in America. That was a great release for which I, and many other kung fu film fans, were very grateful (you can
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Martial Arts in Media 9/13

I’ll tell you the truth. After having seen the Hong Kong DVD version of The Grandmaster several times, the San Diego Comic Con version, and now the Northeastern American theatrical release, I can’t be sure what’s in which cut anymore. But I’m fairly certain that the latter edition – the one that is now being
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Daily Grindhouse Op(posing)-Ed(iting Kungfu)!

Geoff Hunt contacted me last week and asked if I had any thoughts on the recent announcement that The Weinstein Company planned to remake several Shaw Brothers Studio classics as well as produce a prequel to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Turns out I did, and within moments of my emailing it in, it appeared on
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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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SDCC KungFuExtravaganza 2013 Playlist!

Thanks everybody for maybe the best San Diego Comic Con Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza ever. It was a real sweet sixteen(th anniversary) party! The mix of clips, guest stars, premieres, laughs, gasps, and cheers seemed to be on an optimum level … to the point that even I stopped worrying about how it was going
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San Diego Comic Con Kung Fu Extravaganza Playlist 2012

The San Diego Comic Con Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza has been great every year, but this 15th anniversary year was even more special, because it was great for several new reasons. It was the first time I had definitely scheduled guest stars — six rather than the one or two I have previously presented –
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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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