Dragon Fight

Well... there's not much I can say about this somewhat glum and tedious film. A point of novelty is that a young Stephen Chow has a large supporting part and this is the only film he has ever made with Jet Li. Both of them were in the early stages of their careers, and neither…

Born to defence: blog no. 2

No, I don't think of myself as a good director. I made the decision not to direct any more movies. Jet Li from his essay about Born to Defence, retrieved from http://jetli.com/jet/index.php?l=en&s=work&ss=essays&p=4  I really don't think that Born to Defence is that badly made. I get the impression that the biggest failing Li felt he…

Born to defence: blog no. 1

...in the final analysis, I don't think that I was a very successful director, because I did not achieve my purpose, namely, to get a lot of people to recognize my ideas or understand my point of view. Nor did I attract a lot of attention for trying to tell this story. No, I don't…

Martial Arts of Shaolin: Blog No. 2

This blog is the second half of a previous blog which can be found here. However, for me, there are disatisfying aspects to this film. The usual foul cantopop type of score that is often a feature of chopsockies from this era seems to be particularly over powering in Martial Arts of Shaolin. I mean,…

Martial Arts of Shaolin, Blog No. 1

Martial Arts of Shaolin  Why did I use kung fu to make movies – to display the art and aestheticize fist fighting. Lau Kar Leung. (Hong Kong Film Archive 1999:89).  As Trapata's comments suggest, the celebration of male heroism was inextricable from the commodification of male beauty”. Leon Hunt, Kung Fu Cult Masters, p. 55…