Category Archives: My Father is a Hero

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 … Continue reading

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Getting to know you: introductory fights in My Father is a Hero

Last night I watched The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires. A collaboration between Shaw Brothers and Hammer studios, this production is an odd blend of eastern and western themes and talents. It stars David Chiang and Peter Cushing, and … Continue reading

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My Father is a Hero: prefiguring action

My previous 2 blogs have also dealt with the action in My Father is a Hero. The last blog I posted  commented on the action and its choreography in the opening scenes. I am a hopeless structure freak. When I … Continue reading

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My Father is a Hero: The Opening Scenes

My Father is a Hero begins with its opening credits being intercut with footage showing a large squad of impressively drilled children, who include one of the main characters Siu Ku (played by Xie Mao), doing a wu shu routine. … Continue reading

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My Father is a Hero – an overview of the action

So far I have written blogs on My Father is a Hero that have focused on the theme of the movie (here) and its melodramatic form (here). In the next series of blogs I will be focusing on the action and … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on the final fight scene in My Father is a Hero

The final fight scene of My Father is a Hero is an absolute corker. It is set in the metal encased confines of a cargo ship that is hosting an illicit antiques auction, and this means that the frenetic action … Continue reading

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The melodrama in My Father is a Hero

Last year I read a very interesting book written by John Mercer and Martin Shingler called Melodrama. This book is a survey of the way the term ‘melodrama’ had been used to describe certain American films during the history of … Continue reading

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