Romance in Once Upon A Time In China 3

Once Upon a Time in China (OUTIC) and Once Upon a Time in China 2 (OUTIC 2) are among my very favourite movies of all time. While it is an entertaining and well made movie, Once Upon a Time in China 3 (OUTIC 3) does not seem to reach the same heights as its 2…

A blog in which I ramble on about drunken boxing…

Drunken boxing is one of my favourite styles of performative kung fu to watch. I am partial to this kind of dance-like material in martial arts films. As you watch and wait for that penultimate moment when the swaying drunken fighter finally overbalances and falls, and then catch your breath to see what new position…

Last Hero In China: Choreography

If Last Hero in China’s director, producer and writer, Wong Jing, is the master of inventive crassness, then its choreographer, Yuen Wu Ping, is the master of inventive elegance. In this movie Yuen continues his frequent collaboration with that most elegant of martial arts performers, Jet Li (who plays Wong Fei Hung). Yuen and Li…

Tribute to Japan Part 2

POSTED LAST WEEK: Since learning of Japan’s recent troubles I find myself thinking repeatedly of this piece of music. I am posting this blog as my tribute to the Japanese. If you want to listen to this music I issue this challenge to you. Click on the link below and then IMMEDIATELY shut your eyes.…

Tribute to Japan

Like most onlookers I am heartbroken about what is happening in Japan right now. There is personal resonance for me because I lived in Japan from 1999-2001 and have always had a huge affection for this country and its people. Since learning of Japan’s recent troubles I find myself thinking repeatedly of this piece of…

Wong Jing and ‘Last Hero in China’

“Li had no apparent qualms about sending up his image, including Wong Fei Hung. In Last Hero in China / Huang Feihong Tieji Du Wu Song (1993), Wong's famous clinic and school, Po Chi Lam, is placed next door to a brothel; during the climax, he fights dressed as a chicken while practicing 'Chicken Beak'…

Getting into Kung Fu Cult Master

“As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.” Margaret Mead Kung Fu Cult Master is an enjoyable film but it contains many…