Update: I have written a book about Shaw Brothers Studios called Ask for the Moon. It features illustrations by Rebecca Stewart. You can find out more about the book here or buy it here.

I am quite addicted to martial arts fu movies, which is odd when you consider that I hate violence. But when I declaim my love for these films my offline friends start back in horror and make warding motions with their hands. I am quite, quite alone in my obsession.

A million years ago, I worked as a freelance dancer and choreographer. I love martial arts films for many reasons – they are dynamic, stirring, fun, creatively audacious, and I learn a lot about a culture that isn’t my own. I love the choreography and the way the choreography is performed in these films – it’s often superb and this is a theme I often blog about.

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