Category Archives: Features

HBO: The New Home of Kung Fu? *UPDATE*

When you think of the famous studios responsible for producing some of the most popular kung fu classics, some names that will likely spring to mind are Golden Harvest, Shaw Brothers, and Cathay, to name but a few. One name … Continue reading

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Top 5 Greatest Action Entrances in Asian Cinema

Perhaps more than any other genre, making a good first impression in an action movie is paramount. Sure there can be some characterisation, plot setup etc. beforehand, but when that first action scene hits, it has to count. Because let’s … Continue reading

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The Kung fu Golden Era… had the Internet been around

As someone who got into the kung fu movie scene during the late 90’s, there’s always been a part of me which feels envious of those who got to experience the movies from the 70’s and 80’s golden era first … Continue reading

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The History of Chinese Martial Arts Film: The 7 Essential Titles

List-making is an interesting but challenging exercise in distillation, especially when you’re whittling down the history of an entire genre to just a handful of movies. Obviously, the following is not a comprehensive “best of” list: it overlooks many directors and performers … Continue reading

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Zombies, Giant Frogs & Hunchbacks: The Pinoy ‘Supergirl’

Living in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, always brings plenty of surprises, and so it was one evening in early November 2016, I received the following text message: “Hi everyone! 7pm tomorrow I am introducing a secret Makati screening … Continue reading

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Samurai, Spirits & Splatter: An interview with ‘Nilalang’ director Pedring Lopez

It was a particularly humid day in October when I found myself strolling through the streets of Makati in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, to meet with up and coming director Pedring Lopez at his post-production house located in … Continue reading

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The Real Hard Target: Martial Arts Cinema and Piracy

September 2016 saw the release of the Scott Adkins action vehicle Hard Target 2, a sequel to Hong Kong auteur John Woo’s 1993 Hollywood debut. Just like any fan of action cinema, I was eager to check it out, and … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Interview with the visionary Nobuhiko Obayashi

Nobuhiko Obayashi’s film House is rightfully regarded as one of the craziest and most singular films ever made, and I would say no other movie comes close to its beyond-surreal vision. Obayashi’s debut, made in 1977, would kickstart a career of … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Interview with martial arts star Sammo Hung

If you were to ask me who I thought was the ultimate kung fu filmmaker, one name would instantly spring to my mind: Sammo Hung. During my childhood, his movies – such as Prodigal Son, Warriors Two, Magnificent Butcher and … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Interview with martial arts star Tony Jaa

I recently had the pleasure to conduct an interview with Tony Jaa (Ong Bak, Skin Trade), one of the stars of the upcoming Kill Zone 2 (also known as SPL II: A Time for Consequences), which in and of itself … Continue reading

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