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Great Quote: Lethal Weapon

A couple of years ago, when I was preparing for my blogging project whereby I would systematically work through Jet Li’s filmography (naively assuming that it would take me a few months instead of more than 2 years), I watched … Continue reading

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Great Quote No. 5

David West writing on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in Chasing Dragons: An Introduction to the Martial Arts Film: “To describe the film as transcending categorisation, as Kenneth Turan did in the LA Times, is nonsensical. It is generic in the … Continue reading

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Great Quote Number 5

“American film makers have gotten to the point where they create their fights in the editing room. Those types of sequences are just designed for a visceral, flash-cut impact, and the audience’s brains are never really engaged… Hong Kong action … Continue reading

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Great Quote No. 4

On Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: “One of the few critics to break ranks was Amy Taubin in the Village Voice, who, unlike her contemporaries, came to the film well versed in Hong Kong cinema, and she found the movie wanting. … Continue reading

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Great Quote No. 3

“This convention (cross dressing performers) can be traced back to ‘Come Drink with Me’, and it reflects a Peking Opera sensibility, wherein men played female roles and the audience was expected to accept their impersonation without question” David West, p … Continue reading

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Great quote no. 2

“The visual device of the hero stabbed in the gut who binds up his wound to fight on recurs throughout Chang’s work.” David West, p 106, ‘Chasing Dragons: An Introduction to the Martial Arts Film’ The Chang referred to here … Continue reading

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Great quote No. 1:

Quote from seminal director King Hu: “I’ve always taken the action part of my films as dancing rather than fighting. Because I’m very interested in the Peking Opera, and particularly its movements and action effects, although I think it’s difficult … Continue reading

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