The first fight between Wong Fei Hung and General Lam in OUTIC 2: choreography and character definition

The following blog contains a discussion of one of my favourite fight scenes – the first fight scene between Wong Fei Hung and General Lam in Once Upon a Time In China 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRsifLFqdyk In Once Upon A Time In China 2 (OUTIC 2) the hero Wong Fei Hung (played by Jet Li) finds himself…

OUTIC 2 Wong versus Lam: Blog 2 – Sets

This blog focuses on the fight scenes in Once Upon A Time In China 2 (OUTIC 2) between the characters of General Lam (Donnie Yen) and Wong Fei Hung (Jet Li). These were mainly choreographed by Yuen Wu Ping with some input from Donnie Yen. An excerpt from the second fight can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_BGy9jGcuw&feature=related A…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Yoghanza Theatre Company

Performed 8-11 September 2010 as part of the Kenneth Myer Asian Theatre Series at the Arts Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Korean theatre company, Yoghanza, has devised a unique piece of theatre based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream. To quote from the program: “this production... incorporates themes from Korean culture and folklore. The production also…

Donnie Yen Interview about OUTIC 2

I am currently writing posting blogs about one of my very favourite movies – Once Upon A Time in China 2 (OUTIC 2). This movie stars Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Rosamund Kwan, Xiong Xin Xin, and legendary Shaw Brothers star David Chiang in an important supporting role. It was directed and produced by Tsui Hark,…

Grotesque Bodies in Swordsman 2

(My previous blog was about Invincible Asia and the tradition of cross dressing in kung fu movies). “At one level, the kung fu film can be seen as what Steven Shapiro and Linda Williams  call a 'body genre' (although neither include it as one) alongside pornography, horror and the 'weepie' films that offer a 'display…

Swordsman 2’s Invincible Asia and the tradition of cross dressing in kung fu movies

(My previous blog was about Brigitte Lin's performance as Invincible Asia. This blog contains some thoughts about Swordsman 2's transsexual villain Invincible Asia and the tradition of cross dressing in kung fu movies) In his review of Swordsman 2, critic Paul Fonoroff states: “The beautiful Brigitte Lin seems miscast – there is no way she…

Invincible Asia – notes on the performance of this character

(Invincible Asia is a character, played by Brigitte Lin out of the film Swordsman 2. I discussed this character in the blog before last. This blog contains some notes on Lin's interpretation of this intriguing transsexual villain.) As Invincible Asia, Brigitte Lin turns in a beautifully modulated performance. Moving from the male to the female, from the…