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The choreography in Once Upon A Time In China 3

Once Upon A Time In China 3 (OUTIC 3) begins and ends with Lion Dancers, and they feature often in fight scenes in between. The first movement sequence is a massed Lion Dance in a courtyard in the Forbidden Palace. … Continue reading

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Fong Sai Yuk: Choreography

Corey Yuen Kuei and Jet Li have worked together in many films, the first of which was Fong Sai Yuk (1993). Yuen is a highly skilled choreographer, capable of producing beautifully detailed action sequences and elaborate set pieces. In this … Continue reading

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Fong Sai Yuk – Random Thoughts

Part comedy, part broiling melodrama, Fong Sai Yuk (1993) is good solid entertainment in the form of a kung fu film. Directed by master choreographer Corey Yuen Kuei, it boasts an excellent cast including Jet Li (Fong Sai Yuk), Josephine … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Twin Warriors: Tian Bao and Jun Bao in Tai Chi Master

“… the best role of his career, not only sharing but sometimes stealing the spotlight from his super stellar colleague.” Paul Fonoroff on Chin Siu Ho, At the Hong Kong Movies, p. 353 In an interview on the Dragon Dynasty … Continue reading

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My last OUTIC 2 blog: Analysis of Fight in White Lotus Temple in detail continued

This blog follows straight on from my previous blog: I am fascinated by the sense of theatricality inherent in many kung fu movies, and I find the fight scene in the White Lotus Temple in Once Upon A Time In … Continue reading

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