Monthly Archives: November 2011

Great Quote No. 7

“But Julian Stringer reminds us that there are some issues of cultural power surrounding the ‘camp’ gaze at Hong Kong cinema, which is, after all, a ‘largely white gaze at a Chinese other‘ (1996/97: 55)”. p. 12 “… box office … Continue reading

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Jet Li in Lethal Weapon 4

Lethal Weapon 4 is the first American movie to feature Jet Li and, as such, marks the beginning of an era in this performer’s filmography that has caused mixed reactions in his fans. The perception among some fans at least … Continue reading

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Great Quote No. 6

“At one level, the kung fu film can be seen as what Steven Shapiro and Linda Williams call a ‘body genre’ (although neither include it as one) alongside pornography, horror and the ‘weepie’ films that offer a ‘display of sensations … Continue reading

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A Pause for Breath…

… while I reflect on blogging about the travails of an Asian martial artist who takes on the hollywood system. Is it just me or has anyone else out there had the experience whereby you are courted assiduously by a … Continue reading

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Another great quote about Lethal Weapon 4

“(In Lethal Weapon 4) Jet Li is offered to us simultaneously as dynamic spectacle – “How the hell did he do that?” marvels Mel Gibson’s Riggs after he dismantles a gun at lightning speed – and inscrutable Other, garotting old … Continue reading

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Great Quote: Lethal Weapon

A couple of years ago, when I was preparing for my blogging project whereby I would systematically work through Jet Li’s filmography (naively assuming that it would take me a few months instead of more than 2 years), I watched … Continue reading

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Hitman

When watching Hitman, released in Hong Kong in 1998 and starring Jet Li*, I find myself comparing it to a later Jet Li film, Rogue Assassin (US, 2007). Both these films cast Li in the role of an assassin for … Continue reading

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