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 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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Martial Arts in Media 3/13

It’s post Chinese New Year celebration time, and the movie release schedule was amped up accordingly. And between Wong Kar-wai’s “official” Yip Man bio-action-pic The Grandmasters, and Stephen Chow’s Journey to the West, things are actually looking up for the first time in a long time. Serving as yin to this yang is the continuing
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Martial Arts in Media 10/12

Studio execs like to pretend that quality has nothing to do with it. As long as films have existed, there’s always been a cinematic cadre of insecure people who like to make their estimations of success without considering the quality of the films presented. Kung fu films are no different … and yet they are.
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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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Ric & Infamous 12/08

Ric & Infamous Writing for a quarterly publication, like comedy, is all about timing. I didn’t really want to review John Woo’s Red Cliff Part 1, until Red Cliff Part 2 premiered in January. But given the on-going paucity of product, Red Cliff Part 1 will have to suffice until next issue. Despite labyrinthine funding
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