Martial Arts in Media Winter 2016

American author Thomas Wolfe once wrote a book called You Can’t Go Home Again – a phrase that, over the years, has come to signify that attempting to recapture the joys of one’s youth is folly. In fact, on the Wikipedia page it flatly states “attempts to relive youthful memories will always fail.” Well, if
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Martial Arts in Media 5/13

Nowhere is the Chinese Government’s portentous effect on its artists more apparent than in the “Chinese cut” of Iron Man 3. In order to appease the gatekeepers who held the permission for the film to be shown in China, somebody had to create less than five minutes of China-centric footage, featuring Wang Xueqi (Reign of
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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 6/10

Dateline America – The folk at Subway Cinema and Film Society at Lincoln Center sure know how to put on a film fest … the New York Asian Film Festival, to be exact, which took place all over New York for two weeks in June and July. This year, in conjunction with the Hong Kong
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36th Chamber 4/10

Dateline America: Hurry, hurry, hurry. Probably by the time you read this, the 9th New York Asian Film Festival is already taking place at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, the Japan Society, and The IFC Center. Launched in 2002, NYAFF has already established itself as North America’s leading festival of popular Asian cinema, which has
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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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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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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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36th Chamber 1/09

Welcome to the second installment of Inside Kung-Fu’s new Entertainment Section — named in honor of Liu Chia-liang’s classic 36th Chamber of Shaolin — where I, like “Master Killer” San-te before me, brings kung-fu out from behind exclusive walls to the wide, wonderful, world beyond. RIC’S REPORTS Dateline America: Oh, once upon a time, American
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Ric & Infamous 2/08

Three movies. In six months. Twenty-four weeks. A hundred and eighty-three days (or thereabouts). Four thousand three hundred and ninety-two hours. T-h-r-e-e films. See, this column was delayed by three months. It was originally written to appear in the previous issue. But that was an anniversary celebration, so our illustrious editor only had room for
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