Jet Li as Wong Fei Hung in Once Upon A Time In China – Part 1 – Acting

  “Jet Li incarnates a radiant, but intangible, masculinity...”          Leon Hunt commenting on Once Upon A Time in China in Kung Fu Cult Masters, p. 146  Once Upon A Time in China (OUTIC) is a seminal film in the Hong Kong Martial Arts film genre. An unexpected box office hit when it was released in the…

Updated Bibliography

I am blogging rather a lot about martial arts movies. It is not part of an academic or professional practice. It is just something I am doing for fun. And also, for fun, I read about these movies or listen to film commentaries when time allows. I make sure that if I use ideas or…

The Master – Random Thoughts

Starring Jet Li and Yuen Wah, directed by Tsui Hark, choreography by Yuen Wah And with a blast of nasty canto pop we are into The Master, directed by Tsui Hark, starring Jet Li and Yuen Wah, and choreographed by Yuen Wah. Below is a list of random thoughts that occurred to me as I…

Dragon Fight

Well... there's not much I can say about this somewhat glum and tedious film. A point of novelty is that a young Stephen Chow has a large supporting part and this is the only film he has ever made with Jet Li. Both of them were in the early stages of their careers, and neither…

Shaolin Temple 2: Kids from Shaolin

Of course there are some of those wonderfully bizarre touches that fans of this genre love. For example – a dandy bandit masquerading as a cross eyed Taoist priest disguises himself as an Indian guru in order to dump a baby in a sack and a handful of snakes in a cave. As you do. We are given no explanation as to why this happens.