Monthly Archives: September 2011

Getting to know you: introductory fights in My Father is a Hero

Last night I watched The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires. A collaboration between Shaw Brothers and Hammer studios, this production is an odd blend of eastern and western themes and talents. It stars David Chiang and Peter Cushing, and … Continue reading

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Great Quote No. 5

David West writing on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in Chasing Dragons: An Introduction to the Martial Arts Film: “To describe the film as transcending categorisation, as Kenneth Turan did in the LA Times, is nonsensical. It is generic in the … Continue reading

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My Father is a Hero: prefiguring action

My previous 2 blogs have also dealt with the action in My Father is a Hero. The last blog I posted  commented on the action and its choreography in the opening scenes. I am a hopeless structure freak. When I … Continue reading

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My Father is a Hero: The Opening Scenes

My Father is a Hero begins with its opening credits being intercut with footage showing a large squad of impressively drilled children, who include one of the main characters Siu Ku (played by Xie Mao), doing a wu shu routine. … Continue reading

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My Father is a Hero – an overview of the action

So far I have written blogs on My Father is a Hero that have focused on the theme of the movie (here) and its melodramatic form (here). In the next series of blogs I will be focusing on the action and … Continue reading

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Great Quote Number 5

“American film makers have gotten to the point where they create their fights in the editing room. Those types of sequences are just designed for a visceral, flash-cut impact, and the audience’s brains are never really engaged… Hong Kong action … Continue reading

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Great Quote No. 4

On Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: “One of the few critics to break ranks was Amy Taubin in the Village Voice, who, unlike her contemporaries, came to the film well versed in Hong Kong cinema, and she found the movie wanting. … Continue reading

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