Monthly Archives: September 2011

Some thoughts on the final fight scene in My Father is a Hero

The final fight scene of My Father is a Hero is an absolute corker. It is set in the metal encased confines of a cargo ship that is hosting an illicit antiques auction, and this means that the frenetic action … Continue reading

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Great Quote No. 3

“This convention (cross dressing performers) can be traced back to ‘Come Drink with Me’, and it reflects a Peking Opera sensibility, wherein men played female roles and the audience was expected to accept their impersonation without question” David West, p … Continue reading

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Great quote no. 2

“The visual device of the hero stabbed in the gut who binds up his wound to fight on recurs throughout Chang’s work.” David West, p 106, ‘Chasing Dragons: An Introduction to the Martial Arts Film’ The Chang referred to here … Continue reading

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Great quote No. 1:

Quote from seminal director King Hu: “I’ve always taken the action part of my films as dancing rather than fighting. Because I’m very interested in the Peking Opera, and particularly its movements and action effects, although I think it’s difficult … Continue reading

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The melodrama in My Father is a Hero

Last year I read a very interesting book written by John Mercer and Martin Shingler called Melodrama. This book is a survey of the way the term ‘melodrama’ had been used to describe certain American films during the history of … Continue reading

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