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 pejorative sense… To describe the film as ‘a new Asian Western’ reflects a cultural snobbery in which Asian films can only be assigned value in relation to Hollywood archetypes. Crouching Tiger is not a Western any more than Shane is a chambara…

p. 197

I am in the process of posting some short blogs about the action in Corey Yuen’s My Father is a Hero, with a couple of blogs about Wong Jing’s High Risk to follow. I am currently writing blogs about Daniel Lee’s Black Mask.

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