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…

Mini Review: Drug War

Original title Du Zhan Director – Johnnie To Cast – Sun Honglei; Louis Koo; Huang Yi   I am such a nanna these days. I have become used to getting to bed early recently. I must be getting old. When I took my seat for a 9pm screening of Drug War after a very long…

Great Quote No. 13

" 'New Wave' wirework shows us things we know to be untrue... But wires also feature in Jackie Chan's more 'realistic' fights, enhancing moves which at least seem possible... One might argue that this is much more of a 'Wicked Lie' than Jet Li's gravity-defying shadow kick, but, significantly, that is not an argument that…

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…

Naked Lady Yakuza Fighting

As discussed in a previous blog I find that some of the Japanese action movies from the 60s and 70s offer a fascinating if distasteful viewing experience. A bizarre mixture of martial arts and exploitation, they are able to cover the gamut from the ridiculous to the sublime. I guess I am thinking of films like…

Ginji the Slasher

I recently rewatched a Japanese film, Ginji the Slasher, which is a film I like very much. It made me think about what constitutes a martial arts film, as opposed to a film that belongs to another genre and which just has a bit of martial arts in it. It tells the story of Ginji,…

Great Quote No. 11

“Jet Li's 'aura' is quieter, but no less compelling – in Once Upon A Time in China's ladder fight, he dominates a fight scene in which he actually took little combative part. The camera gives as much as it takes away – Li positively glows in close-up. Chinese martial arts, health and performance traditions all…