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Princess Iron Fan (Mainland China, 1941)

I dutifully watched this old animated film revolving around the Journey to the West stories about Princess Iron Fan in the interests of research, allowing for the fact that the film is so very old and such an early example of animation from … Continue reading

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Men Can Be Flowers Too: Asian Masculinities in Popular Culture

Originally posted on High Yellow – Asian Popular Culture:
Nicholas Tse as Hua Wuque, The Proud Twins Every time I see articles about young Asian actors leaving behind their “flower boy” roles for more “manly” characters, I feel some kind…

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The Clones of Bruce Lee is a Paean to the Commodification of the Human Body

The opening scenes of The Clones of Bruce Lee dramatize the attempts of medical staff in casualty to revive a dying Bruce Lee. The story swiftly moves onto showing us how a secret service agency appropriates samples from Lee’s body … Continue reading

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About me

I am quite addicted to martial arts fu movies, which is odd when you consider that I hate violence. But when I declaim my love for these films my offline friends start back in horror and make warding motions with … Continue reading

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This is a test…

(From Hanzo the Razor. Third film, I think…)

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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