Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Book
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From Bruce Lee to James Bond, Jackie Chan to Jet Li, Enter the Dragon to Kung Fu Panda, kung fu films remain a thrilling part of movie-lovers' lives. Now the acknowledged pioneer in the genre presents his magnum opus on the subject, incorporating information and revelations never before seen in America. From the ancient Peking Opera origins to its superhero-powered future, Ric Meyers reveals the loony, the legendary, and everything in between. This vivid, action-packed book may delight, surprise, fascinate, and even enlighten you with a personal V.I.P. tour through the wondrous world of the most ridiculously exhilarating movies ever made.
for space, leading to some films featuring just a few of them, which, in turn, led to a sad realization. Their careers compromised by Chang’s increasingly repetitive, diffident approach, Kuo, Chiang, and Lu returned to Taiwan in 1982 to make the politically-incorrectly-titled Hero Defeating Japs (aka Ninja in the Deadly Trap), leaving Lo Mang behind to help Cheh make his last great movie (while Sun Chien reluctantly jumped ship to work for other Shaw Studio directors). Five Element Ninja (aka
calligraphy around which two fighters practiced their forms and stances. The fighters were Chen Kuan-tai, portraying Huang’s teacher Lu Ah-tsai, and Liu Chia-hui (aka Lau Kar-fai aka Gordon Liu), the adopted brother of the director, playing Huang Fei-hong. For years, many thought that Hui was Liang’s real brother, but it was not so. “I don’t belong to the Liu family,” Gordon told me, “but when I was nine years old I started to practice at his martial art school. His mother liked me very much and
I’ll get hurt…maybe I’ll die.’ But when I hear the cry from the camera crew ‘Rolling!’ I forget everything and just do it.” The thrill of recognition seemed to shoot through Asian audiences, especially since everything was actually being done by the actors playing each role (even occasionally heroines Brigitte Lin and Maggie Cheung). If Jackie Chan had been a superstar before, he was a screen deity now. In two words: game-changing. In another word: universal. Despite there being three different
(1976, aka Countdown in Kung Fu), co-starring and reportedly choreographed by the then “Jacky” Chan. Apparently that was not a happy set. Chan supposedly suffered his first notable injury on that production; knocked unconscious for a full half-hour by a mistimed kick. The finished product was nothing to write home about either. Woo was more successful, critically, at least, with Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1978), a Chang Cheh-flavored swordplay epic featuring such stunting stalwarts as Li
with the world’s best action film directors, he stumbled into the direct-to-DVD world of international co-productions. Although he’s made more than fifteen other flicks since then, the only one that drew any real attention was JCVD (2008), a Mabrouk El Mechri film in which Van Damme plays himself during a post office robbery. Although promoted as a “mea culpa” film in which Jean-Claude supposedly addresses his shortcomings as an actor and person, it is actually a cunning defense of himself as a