Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Hunger: vampire film par excellence

When I was doing my Arts degree at the University of New England in the late 80s I, as a shy and wretched country bumpkin, was in thrall to my best friend of the time. Izabella seemed to be sophisticated … Continue reading

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Dr Wai in the Scripture with no Words

Dr Wai in the Scripture with no Words is a flawed film but it certainly has its entertaining moments. It could be seen as a Chinese version (or even spoof) of an Indiana Jones type story. I think the Indiana … Continue reading

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Great Quote: Dr Wai and the Scripture without Words

A “… theme began to emerge in Li’s modern-day films as they become more self-conscious; that of the hero as a fiction or illusion. Major has referred to a ‘creeping identity crisis’ in Li’s later Hong Kong films (2000: 165), … Continue reading

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Black Mask: The Action

Choreographer / director Yuen Wu Ping and Jet Li have made several films together. Released in 1996, Black Mask had the most contemporary setting of any film they had made together up to that point in time. In Black Mask, … Continue reading

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Spaghetti Westerns and the authentic popcorn cinema experience

Last Thursday the Astor cinema here in Melbourne had a double bill of Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns – A Fistful of Dollars and A Few Dollars More. I am becoming an appalling grouch in my middle age, and am becoming … Continue reading

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Black Mask – Themes

In my previous blog I discussed how Black Mask referenced several film styles including film noir, cops and robbers action, war films, science fiction, and horror as well as giving a nod in the direction of erotica (while keeping firmly … Continue reading

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The Scavenger Aesthetic at work in Black Mask

“An emphasis on striking moments leads naturally to a scavenger aesthetic.” David Bordwell, commenting on Hong Kong films in Planet Hong Kong, p. 11 I found myself thinking of Bordwell’s quote when I watched Black Mask. I feel that this … Continue reading

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