Wong Jing – you nasty little man…

Or The Depiction of Martial Artists in High Risk. “Cross referencing is a constant in Wong Jing’s scavenger movies. Their in-jokes are too opportunistic to count as homages.” David Bordwell, Planet Hong Kong, P. 175 In his direction of his movies, Wong Jing goes nosing and scurrying after opportunities for gag making like a hungry…

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. By doing this director Corey Yuen has established this film’s martial arts credentials right from…

My Father is a Hero: Random Thoughts

I am about to start posting a series of blogs about My Father is a Hero (Hong Kong, 1995). A plot synopsis can be found here: http://www.fandango.com/myfatherisahero_v163135/plotsummary And a full cast and crew list can be found here: http://www.hkmdb.com/db/movies/view.mhtml?id=7971&display_set=eng  In this blog I have jotted down a few random thoughts about this interesting film:  Random…

Choreography in Legend of the Red Dragon

In Legend of the Red Dragon (choreographed by Corey Yuen Kuei), my very favourite fight scene is not one of the lengthy set pieces but the little fight scene with the dress making implements between Miss Red Bean (played by Chingmy Yau) and Hung Hei Kwun (played by Jet Li). Why do I love this…

Last Hero In China: Choreography

If Last Hero in China’s director, producer and writer, Wong Jing, is the master of inventive crassness, then its choreographer, Yuen Wu Ping, is the master of inventive elegance. In this movie Yuen continues his frequent collaboration with that most elegant of martial arts performers, Jet Li (who plays Wong Fei Hung). Yuen and Li…

Wong Jing and ‘Last Hero in China’

“Li had no apparent qualms about sending up his image, including Wong Fei Hung. In Last Hero in China / Huang Feihong Tieji Du Wu Song (1993), Wong's famous clinic and school, Po Chi Lam, is placed next door to a brothel; during the climax, he fights dressed as a chicken while practicing 'Chicken Beak'…