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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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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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Black Mask

I am about to start posting blogs about Black Mask. This film was made in Hong Kong in the 1990s, was directed by Daniel Lee, produced by Tsui Hark (who was one of the writers as well), choreographed by Yuen … Continue reading

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Wong Jing – you nasty little man…

Or The Depiction of Martial Artists in High Risk. “Cross referencing is a constant in Wong Jing’s scavenger movies. Their in-jokes are too opportunistic to count as homages.” David Bordwell, Planet Hong Kong, P. 175 In his direction of his … Continue reading

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Wong Jing’s High Risk

“They are the ideal example of script-by-brainstorming; each scene is stuffed with gimmicks. The opening is likely to be breathless. Within the first sixty seconds there will be a gag, a chase, or a suspenseful encounter.” David Bordwell, on Wong … Continue reading

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