2016 SDCC Kung Fu Extravaganza Playlist!

Well, this was one for the record books – perhaps the most balanced, consistent, exciting Extravaganza, with an exceptional ratio of gasps, laughs, and cheers. It started with the introductions, beginning with the man who helped start it all – Frank Djeng, the Tai Seng Entertainment “Master of Remaster.” Sadly, Tai Seng, that pioneering distributor
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Martial Arts in Media Summer 2015

So there I am, clutching a box of chocolate-covered peanuts, feeling like a kid at a Saturday matinee, waiting for Mission Impossible Rogue Nation to whisk me away for a globe-hopping, action-packed joyride — when, right there on the big, modified Imax screen, comes the production company title cards. Sure, there was J.J. Abrams’ Bad
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Martial Arts in Media 3/14

After months, if not years, of drips and drabs, the martial arts media world has erupted with some major events, with promises of more landmark thrills in the months ahead. First, there’s Kung Fu, award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang’s homage to Bruce Lee. This theatrical event is playing at the beautiful Signature Theater at 480
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2013’s 5 Best (& 10 Worst) Film Fights

Yes, yes, I could’ve done my somewhat annual list of the top and bottom TV shows and films of the year, but everybody does that. So I figured, why not do a list where my so-called “area of expertise” would have some sway? So here, then, in alphabetical order, is my p.o.v. on what made,
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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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Martial Arts in Media 9/12

Rarely has the title of this column been more accurate. When I started this decades ago for Inside Kung Fu magazine, it was called Martial Arts in Movies, with my intention to shorten it to the apt moniker of M.A.I.M. When our illustrious editor Dave Cater nixed that contraction, the column rolled merrily along until
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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: Sept. 2011

Chinese movie theater construction is growing exponentially, so, happily, more features are appearing faster, but with the gutting of the industry through bootlegging, great films are still few and far between. To compensate, well-meaning filmmakers are indulging themselves, resulting in watchable, if not wonderful, efforts. Nowhere is that better exemplified than in Bangkok Knockout, one
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36th Chamber 12/10

36TH CHAMBER by Ric Meyers RIC REPORTS DATELINE NEW YORK — You ever have one of those days when you need to see a great movie right away? Well, for those sudden cinematic urges, now Media Blasters and Rareflix has a solution they introduced late last year: DVD rental kiosks that specialize in great Japanese
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36th Chamber 2/10

Dateline Asia – The joint is jumping. Ip Man winning of the Hong Kong “Oscar” for Best Picture has effectively launched the “Platinum Age of the Kung Fu Film,” with major martial art releases every month, This month the prize goes to True Legend, veteran/venerable director/choreographer Yuen Wo-ping’s labor of love about Beggar So –
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