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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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Great Quote No. 10

“(Critic David) Bordwell… points out that the rythmic pulse of Hong Kong action requires stasis as well as movement, with ‘lightning switches between quick, precise gestures and punctuating poses’ ”. Leon Hunt, Kung Fu Cult Masters, p. 28 Nicely spotted David … Continue reading

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Great Quote No. 8

“Broadly speaking, there are two ways of looking at the West’s ‘Asian romance’: ‘a controlled setting in which to be exposed to and (perhaps) examine certain notions of linguistic, racial and cultural difference’ (Fore) or ‘a flirtation with the exotic … Continue reading

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Once Upon A Time In China And America

How do I hate this movie, let me count the ways. This is my least favourite Jet Li movie by a country mile. Everything is wrong with it, from the Worzel Gummidge type hairdo on the actor playing Billy to … Continue reading

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Black Mask – Themes

In my previous blog I discussed how Black Mask referenced several film styles including film noir, cops and robbers action, war films, science fiction, and horror as well as giving a nod in the direction of erotica (while keeping firmly … Continue reading

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Black Mask

I am about to start posting blogs about Black Mask. This film was made in Hong Kong in the 1990s, was directed by Daniel Lee, produced by Tsui Hark (who was one of the writers as well), choreographed by Yuen … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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