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 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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Martial Arts in Media 11/11

It’s been weeks since my last column, and guess how many kung fu films have come out in the interim? Well, if you guessed zero, zilch, nada, none, or zippo, then you’ll understand one of the reasons why this column’s original home, Inside Kung Fu magazine, ceased publication (and why many video stores in Chinatown,
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Aviles Festival Gallery

The Aviles Festival of International Comic Arts, or, as they put it, Jornadas Internacionales Del Comic Villa De Aviles, is a wonderful event, full of great spirit and inspiring energy, as well as food, drink, and artists from all over Europe and America. I knew it from the moment I arrived, because, from the moment
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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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