Monthly Archives: April 2011

Chocolate (Thailand, 2008)

For most of this week I had to take a break from blog writing to attend to some family commitments. I am still working on my blog about the plot structure and characterisation in Hong Kong martial arts movie Fist … Continue reading

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A small rambling blog about The Prodigal Son

Directed by Sammo Hung and starring Sammo, Yuen Biao, Lam Ching Ying and Frankie Chan. I really enjoyed this film enormously. It has plenty of humour, a little pathos and, as you would expect, excellent movement sequences. I had only … Continue reading

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Mini review: Kung Fu Hustle

I am currently plodding my way through the writing of a blog about the plot structure in Fist of Legend. In the meantime I have posted a little review I wrote a couple of years ago for the blogspot blog … Continue reading

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The Defender – the action

As stated in a previous blog, I find The Defender to be reasonably entertaining and competently made but a little slow and overloaded with lovey-dovey scenes. What Corey Yuen lacks as a director of romance he (with the assistance of … Continue reading

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Shintaro the Samurai and happy little vegemites

This Australian documentary, Shintaro: The Samurai Sensation that swept a nation, examines the cultural phomenon of a Japanese TV series that became a smash hit in Australia. The DVD’s dust cover says it all: “In 1964, an extraordinary cross-cultural TV … Continue reading

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The Defender

To my mind The Defender (aka Bodyguard from Beijing*) is a typical contemporary Hong Kong action film. There is none of the poetry or epic scope of some of Jet Li’s earlier films (such as Once Upon A Time in … Continue reading

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The choreography in Once Upon A Time In China 3

Once Upon A Time In China 3 (OUTIC 3) begins and ends with Lion Dancers, and they feature often in fight scenes in between. The first movement sequence is a massed Lion Dance in a courtyard in the Forbidden Palace. … Continue reading

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