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Donnie says: “This is action filmmaking”

Since March 2016, around the edges of my day job, I have been writing a book about Shaw Brothers studios and some of their directors, framed against the theme of innovation. As you can imagine, this has been a lot … 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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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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Great Quote No. 8

“Broadly speaking, there are two ways of looking at the West’s ‘Asian romance’: ‘a controlled setting in which to be exposed to and (perhaps) examine certain notions of linguistic, racial and cultural difference’ (Fore) or ‘a flirtation with the exotic … Continue reading

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Great Quote No. 7

“But Julian Stringer reminds us that there are some issues of cultural power surrounding the ‘camp’ gaze at Hong Kong cinema, which is, after all, a ‘largely white gaze at a Chinese other‘ (1996/97: 55)”. p. 12 “… box office … Continue reading

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Great Quote No. 6

“At one level, the kung fu film can be seen as what Steven Shapiro and Linda Williams call a ‘body genre’ (although neither include it as one) alongside pornography, horror and the ‘weepie’ films that offer a ‘display of sensations … Continue reading

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