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The Bridge Duel in Hanzo the Razor – The Snare

I find the Hanzo the Razor films to be fairly objectionable. A grouchy jowly dude with a big dick tortures people and we are expected to find this amusing and horny. I can’t. Women are shown being tortured and raped, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Nature in samurai Films

Recently I came across a book on Samurai films in my local library. Entitled ‘Stray Dogs and Lone Wolves: The Samurai Film Handbook’ and written by Patrick Galloway, it seems to be pitched at newcomers to the genre. I wonder … Continue reading

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geungsi, mama hung, shopping

I have been having good luck with my shopping lately. I was poking about in a DVD shop in Melbourne’s Chinatown recently when I found, on sale and literally gathering dust on a bottom shelf, a boxed set of Vampire … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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