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 figures do not tell us much about how a film was received and the conditions…

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 (and, of course, I am generalizing here) is that many of Li’s American vehicles have…

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 that are on the edge of respectable' (Williams 1995: 140). Kung fu is a genre…

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 potential boyfriend and then, when they have landed you, they try to repress or weed…

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 men and kicking pregnant women. Such spectacle, as Marchetti argues, pulls in two directions: 'It…

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 all of the special features on the DVDs I could get at the time and…

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 hire. Both are set in a contemporary urban setting, although both have settings that very…

Upcoming Asian Movie Events in Melbourne

Things have been quiet for me on the blogging front lately. I have a couple of blogs finished and waiting to be posted, but haven’t been motivated to stuff about with the process on posting them online yet. I haven’t written anything for over a week now. My intellectual and emotional energies have been directed…

Once Upon A Time In China And America

How do I hate this movie, let me count the ways. This is my least favourite Jet Li movie by a country mile. Everything is wrong with it, from the Worzel Gummidge type hairdo on the actor playing Billy to the nasty synthesized music. “The script, which was written as the film was being shot,…