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The Wonderful World of Hong Kong Action Cinema
Last Updated 11/2/03
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The live-action comic-book movie literally takes a quantum leap in "The Matrix." What it leaps into is a new combination of cutting-edge technology and computer-enhanced Hong Kong acrobatics that make Hollywood action sequences look like cement mixers in low gear.
--- Jay Carr, in The Boston Globe: Wednesday, March 31, 1999 edition, page F4
[Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon screenwriter James Schamus:] "A female-centric martial-arts movie is a good place to be. . . . I had no doubt about that. The reaction we wanted to trigger was two women seeing the movie and talking to their friends about it afterward. . . . We had some assumptions that were proven wrong. . . . We felt that the action element of the film -- which we figured was 'A guy thing' -- would work at crosspurposes with the female-centric romantic plotline. . . . As people streamed out of the theater [at the Cannes Film Festival and at the New York Film Festival], the women were saying, 'Wow! I just want to kick some ass!' So . . . we found out it wasn't so much a romance film with some action for guys. It was an action film for women."
--- from "Producing Tiger: Neglecting His Dissertation, James Schamus Has Found Unlikely Success
in Film" by Fred Kaplan, in The Boston Globe: Sunday, March 25, 2001 edition, pages M9 and M12

. . .. Original Web Sites and Sets of Pages . . . External Links

- Webring And Mailing List
Kung Fu SuperStars Webring And Mailing List

click here to visit the JADE SCREEN website

MOBIUS: Asian Cinema Discussion message board
KUNG FU DVD message board

click here to visit the HONG KONG SUPERSTARS website

I have been a fan of Hong Kong cinema for quite some time -- ever since I saw my first kung fu movie, SuperManchu, in 1974 -- and if anything, I find what's coming out now more thrilling than the stuff I saw at double-features in my high-school years -- what with the likes of Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Yuen Woo-ping, Ringo Lam, and Ronnie Yu.

I have to admit to having a tremendous liking for the Venoms-period Chang Cheh films -- including those with Fu Sheng (I guess I'm in the minority for liking Chang Cheh's films more than those of Lau Kar Leung, aka Liu Chia-Liang), so I'm dying to find out what his "Baby Venoms" films are like. So far, I have seen Hidden Hero, but if anyone has seen any of the others, can describe what they are like, or has any leads concerning where to get some on videotape or DVD, please contact me.

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