Kung Fu Cult Masters

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Wallflower Press, 2003 - Performing Arts - 229 pages

From the balletic intensity of Bruce Lee to the gravity-defying swordplay of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the Chinese Martial Arts film has captured audiences' imaginations around the world, while absorbing influences ranging from Beijing Opera to computer games. Its global impact can be seen in the Hollywood crossover of stars like Jackie Chan and Hong Kong-influenced films like The Matrix. In this wide-ranging study, Leon Hunt looks at the mythic allure of the Shaolin Temple, the 'Clones' of Bruce Lee, gender-bending swordswomen, and the knockabout comedy of Sammo Hung, bringing new insights to a hugely popular and yet critically neglected genre. In addition, he considers the impact of new technologies on a genre focused on physical performance, from the 'wire fu' of Jet Li to the digital 'stars' of console games like Tekken. Films discussed include both popular and cult classics like Game of Death, Fist of Legend, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin and Drunken Master.


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Ho Chung Tao was a great fighter in his own right! I just loved his style! He had a lotta power! He was also innovative. Not super fancy, but a cat you would not wanna mess with! To heck with all that imitation stuff. To be an imitator, you would have to be a very skilled martial artist indeed! Mean with weapons too! He could have branched out on his own if given a chance. I'll watch any of his movies, good or bad to this very day! A shame he stopped at 40! I'm 52 and can still handle myself in a scrape, so I know he had plenty left in the tank! Dont let that imitator stuff fool you! This man can heap a world of hurt on most folks! My opinion. 


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Wicked ShapesWicked Lies Performance and Authenticity in Hong Kong Martial Arts Films
Burning Paradise The Myth of the Shaolin Temple
Exit the Dragon Enter the Shadow Game of Death The Clones of Bruce Lee and Other Posthumous Adventures
Fat Dragons and Drunken Masters Kung Fu Comedy
The Lady is the Boss? Hidden Dragons and Deadly China Dolls
Last Hero in China? Jet Li and the New Wave Kung Fu Film
Transnational Dragons and Asian Weapons Kung Fu and the Hong Kong Diaspora
I Know Kung Fu Martial Arts in the Age of Digital Reproduction
Kung Fu Reloaded and Updated

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Leon Hunt is a senior lecturer in Film and TV Studies at Brunel University, UK. He is the author of British Low Culture: From Safari Suits to Sexploitation.

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