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Wire fu in Romeo Must Die

“If the film (Romeo Must Die) cannot integrate Jet Li into his own film, it stumbles even more over its incorporation of ‘Hong Kong action’. Romeo Must Die is, visually, a post-Matrix film, but it does not have its predecessor’s … Continue reading

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Great Quote No. 7

“But Julian Stringer reminds us that there are some issues of cultural power surrounding the ‘camp’ gaze at Hong Kong cinema, which is, after all, a ‘largely white gaze at a Chinese other‘ (1996/97: 55)”. p. 12 “… box office … Continue reading

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Great Quote No. 6

“At one level, the kung fu film can be seen as what Steven Shapiro and Linda Williams call a ‘body genre’ (although neither include it as one) alongside pornography, horror and the ‘weepie’ films that offer a ‘display of sensations … Continue reading

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Hitman

When watching Hitman, released in Hong Kong in 1998 and starring Jet Li*, I find myself comparing it to a later Jet Li film, Rogue Assassin (US, 2007). Both these films cast Li in the role of an assassin for … 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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Dr Wai in the Scripture with no Words

Dr Wai in the Scripture with no Words is a flawed film but it certainly has its entertaining moments. It could be seen as a Chinese version (or even spoof) of an Indiana Jones type story. I think the Indiana … Continue reading

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Great Quote: Dr Wai and the Scripture without Words

A “… theme began to emerge in Li’s modern-day films as they become more self-conscious; that of the hero as a fiction or illusion. Major has referred to a ‘creeping identity crisis’ in Li’s later Hong Kong films (2000: 165), … Continue reading

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