A short gushy blog about a Wang Lung Wei tribute clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0NrQBwdIMk I first saw this tribute clip a few years ago when its maker Angel Vargas, aka The Flashpoint75 aka That Puerto Rican, posted it to the Heroic Sisterhood Facebook page. At the time, Angel was active on Facebook and was good enough to post many of his clips to our page (many can be…

Disciples of Shaolin – Opening Sequence

A common aesthetic device used in kung fu movies of the 70s and 80s was to show the opening credits of the film against footage of the main stars performing displays of martial arts in front of a plain (often boldly coloured) backdrop.* This was often used in films that had, as part of their…

Great Quote No. 10

“(Critic David) Bordwell... points out that the rythmic pulse of Hong Kong action requires stasis as well as movement, with 'lightning switches between quick, precise gestures and punctuating poses' ”. Leon Hunt, Kung Fu Cult Masters, p. 28 Nicely spotted David Bordwell. Unfortunately, I didn't copy down the Bordwell's book that Hunt was referencing, but it…

Great Quote No. 9

“Why did I use kung fu to make movies – to display the art and to aestheticize fist fighting" Lau Kar-leung (Hong Kong Film Archive 1999: 89) There have been a couple of highlights during the past week - one nice long conversation with a new professional contact (a nice man) and a presentation I had to…

Wire fu in Romeo Must Die

“If the film (Romeo Must Die) cannot integrate Jet Li into his own film, it stumbles even more over its incorporation of 'Hong Kong action'. Romeo Must Die is, visually, a post-Matrix film, but it does not have its predecessor's fantasy remit to explain why fighters float in mid-air... the CGI-enhanced wirework looks as though…

Romeo Must Die

“With Jet Li going to war as only he can,” smirks the cover of my Romeo Must Die DVD, “Romeo Must Die is alive and kicking.” This film purports to be a Jet Li vehicle – “his first English-language lead role” (1) and it really fucks up its potential. By the time he made his…

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, Yuen has not constructed the dancelike choreography on Li that was a defining aesthetic of…

A brief blog about the fight with the garbage truck in My Father is a Hero

“(Geoffrey) Nowell-Smith suggests that repressed emotions erupt in moments of high tension or drama and manifest themselves as symptoms through performance, music and mise-en-sce`ne and it is at such points of heightened emotion that the characteristic excesses of the melodrama manifest themselves.” (Shingler and Mercer, Melodrama, pp. 22-23) As discussed in my blog on melodrama and…