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 8/12

As the Chinese bureau-crazy continues to micro-manage their cinema into stalemated mediocrity (one of their many rules is that a ghost cannot be presented in any media), fans of kung fu cinema continue to try taking things into their own hands. Nowhere was that more evident than at my San Diego Comic Con Superhero Kung
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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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36th Chamber 8/09

Dateline America – The new Green Hornet finally has its new Kato. After weeks of speculation and auditions on both coasts (as well as everywhere in between), star Seth Rogen and director Michel Gondry have chosen Taiwanese singing/acting superstar Jay Chou to step into the very big shoes left by Enter the Dragon’s star and
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36th Chamber 7/09

Dateline America – It seems that one was never in and one’s out. As reported online at aint-it-cool-news, the great Danny Trejo was never actually cast in Sylvester Stallone’s highly anticipated The Expendables. According to an on-set visit and interview with the director/writer/star, Sly wanted to find a place for the respected actor, but between
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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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