A short gushy blog about a Wang Lung Wei tribute clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0NrQBwdIMk I first saw this tribute clip a few years ago when its maker Angel Vargas, aka The Flashpoint75 aka That Puerto Rican, posted it to the Heroic Sisterhood Facebook page. At the time, Angel was active on Facebook and was good enough to post many of his clips to our page (many can be…

Great Quote No. 13

" 'New Wave' wirework shows us things we know to be untrue... But wires also feature in Jackie Chan's more 'realistic' fights, enhancing moves which at least seem possible... One might argue that this is much more of a 'Wicked Lie' than Jet Li's gravity-defying shadow kick, but, significantly, that is not an argument that…

A brief blog about the fight with the garbage truck in My Father is a Hero

“(Geoffrey) Nowell-Smith suggests that repressed emotions erupt in moments of high tension or drama and manifest themselves as symptoms through performance, music and mise-en-sce`ne and it is at such points of heightened emotion that the characteristic excesses of the melodrama manifest themselves.” (Shingler and Mercer, Melodrama, pp. 22-23) As discussed in my blog on melodrama and…

Great Quote No. 5

David West writing on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in Chasing Dragons: An Introduction to the Martial Arts Film: “To describe the film as transcending categorisation, as Kenneth Turan did in the LA Times, is nonsensical. It is generic in the pejorative sense... To describe the film as 'a new Asian Western' reflects a cultural snobbery…

Great Quote Number 5

“American film makers have gotten to the point where they create their fights in the editing room. Those types of sequences are just designed for a visceral, flash-cut impact, and the audience’s brains are never really engaged… Hong Kong action directors actually bring narrative arcs into the fights, and tell a little story within the…

Great Quote No. 3

“This convention (cross dressing performers) can be traced back to 'Come Drink with Me', and it reflects a Peking Opera sensibility, wherein men played female roles and the audience was expected to accept their impersonation without question” David West, p 118, 'Chasing Dragons: An Introduction to the Martial Arts Film' I am still plugging away…

Great quote no. 2

“The visual device of the hero stabbed in the gut who binds up his wound to fight on recurs throughout Chang’s work.” David West, p 106, 'Chasing Dragons: An Introduction to the Martial Arts Film' The Chang referred to here is, of course, Chang Cheh. I have a couple of spare hours this morning which…