Donnie Yen Interview about OUTIC 2

I am currently writing posting blogs about one of my very favourite movies – Once Upon A Time in China 2 (OUTIC 2). This movie stars Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Rosamund Kwan, Xiong Xin Xin, and legendary Shaw Brothers star David Chiang in an important supporting role. It was directed and produced by Tsui Hark,…

Jet Li as Wong Fei Hung in Once Upon A Time In China – Part 2

Physical Performance.  (This is the second part to a blog about Li's performance as Wong Fei Hung. The first part dealt with the acting of the part.)  Having done a little research into Jet Li's background, I am amazed at how right he looks in the part of Qing dynasty hero, Wong Fei Hung, in…

The Master – Choreography

The Master - Choreography. Veteran martial arts movie performer Yuen Wah’s presence in this movie is a definite bonus. His acting is good, his movement is lovely to watch and his choreography is interesting and often elegant. Among the highlights in the action sequences are the following: Jet Li performing a training sequence where he…

The Master – Random Thoughts

Starring Jet Li and Yuen Wah, directed by Tsui Hark, choreography by Yuen Wah And with a blast of nasty canto pop we are into The Master, directed by Tsui Hark, starring Jet Li and Yuen Wah, and choreographed by Yuen Wah. Below is a list of random thoughts that occurred to me as I…

Dragon Fight

Well... there's not much I can say about this somewhat glum and tedious film. A point of novelty is that a young Stephen Chow has a large supporting part and this is the only film he has ever made with Jet Li. Both of them were in the early stages of their careers, and neither…

Born to defence: blog no. 1

...in the final analysis, I don't think that I was a very successful director, because I did not achieve my purpose, namely, to get a lot of people to recognize my ideas or understand my point of view. Nor did I attract a lot of attention for trying to tell this story. No, I don't…

Martial Arts of Shaolin: Blog No. 2

This blog is the second half of a previous blog which can be found here. However, for me, there are disatisfying aspects to this film. The usual foul cantopop type of score that is often a feature of chopsockies from this era seems to be particularly over powering in Martial Arts of Shaolin. I mean,…