Mini review: Kung Fu Hustle

I am currently plodding my way through the writing of a blog about the plot structure in Fist of Legend. In the meantime I have posted a little review I wrote a couple of years ago for the blogspot blog I used to have: Kung Fu Hustle directed by and starring Stephen Chow. This is…

A blog in which I ramble on about drunken boxing…

Drunken boxing is one of my favourite styles of performative kung fu to watch. I am partial to this kind of dance-like material in martial arts films. As you watch and wait for that penultimate moment when the swaying drunken fighter finally overbalances and falls, and then catch your breath to see what new position…

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…

How do you choreograph an epiphany?

Ponder for a moment Yuen Wu Ping’s central creative problem in making a film called Tai Chi Master, which shows the discovery of this internal martial art. The protagonist of the story, Jun Bao (played by Jet Li), has to undergo a spiritual transformation that will allow him to arrive at the realization of the…

The Choreography in Tai Chi Master

To state the bleeding obvious: Tai Chi Master is a martial arts film. A cursory glance at the title and plot synopsis may suggest that it is a film ostensibly about pugilism and violence. Why is it, then, that my repeat viewings of this film always leave me with the impression that it is imbued…

Tai Chi Master – Characters and Actors

According to my notes, the Chinese title for this film is Tai Ji Zhang San Feng. How does this literally translate? I am assuming that Tai Ji refers to the martial art that I know as Tai Chi. I know that Zhang San Feng is the name of the character who, according to myth, invented…

Tai Chi Master – Random Thoughts

Tai Chi Master (1993) starring Jet Li, Chin Siu Ho and Michelle Yeoh, and directed by Yuen Wu Ping, is one of my very, very favourite movies. From the moment a primly dignified Jet Li, dressed in what appears to be a tasteful black negligee,* floats out to take his place at the head of…

Tai Chi Master: Chin Siu Ho Interview

One of my very favourite movies is Tai Chi Master, directed by Yuen Wu Ping and starring Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh and Chin Siu Ho. Chin is a fabulous performer and on my DVD copy of this film he gives an interview. I have transcribed excerpts from this interview that I found interesting and you…