6 items from 2010
The Legend Is Born: IP Man
Guest Review by Baron Fortnightly
The Legend is Born: Ip Man is a 2010 Hong Kong semi-biographical martial arts film about the early life of Ip Man (also spelled as Yip Man) and his journey to becoming a Wing Chun master whilst resisting the influence of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, aims to dominate China and secure its vast raw resources. Ip is probably most famous in the West as the teacher of legendary martial arts actor Bruce Lee.
The film starts with a montage of images and banners from the early 1900s, of the increasingly nationalistic Chinese resisting pressure from Japan who in 1915 issued the Twenty-One Demands to extort political and commercial privilege from China after the First Sino-Japanese War. This won’t mean much to casual viewers, »
In a too-brief career, martial artist/actor Bruce Lee appeared in only four complete films before his untimely death in 1973 at the age of 32, The Big Boss (released in the U.S. as Fists of Fury), Fist of Fury (released in the U.S. as The Chinese Connection), Way of the Dragon (released here as Return of the Dragon), and Enter the Dragon, his first (and last) English-language film. A fifth film, Game of Death, begun before Enter the Dragon, but left unfinished at the time of Lee's death, was released in 1978 with doubles and stand-ins. A Golden Harvest and Warner Bros. co-production (the first of its kind), Enter the Dragon promised to make the charismatic Lee a star not just internationally (he was already that), but an American one as well. Lee died less than a week before Enter the Dragon's Hong Kong premiere.
At the behest of Warner Bros. »
- Mel Valentin
The headline says it all, really. Fresh on the heels of the film's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival being announced, Well Go USA have announced that they have picked up all North American rights to Andrew Lau's Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen. Yes, it will be coming out theatrically. Here's the official announcement:
Plano, TX. (August 3, 2010) -- Well Go USA announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, starring Hong Kong's biggest action star Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Ip Man 2, Seven Swords, Hero). The film was directed by Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs, Confession of Pain), who also co-produced the film and served as a cinematographer alongside his frequent partner Ng Man-Ching. Gordon Chan co-wrote and co-produced the film, with John Chong serving as an executive producer and Donnie Yen as fight choreographer. »
Doris Pfardrescher's Well Go USA have made what I deem to be their first major film acquisition today, picking up Andrew Lau's Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen before (not after) it preems at the Venice and Toronto Int. Film Festival in the coming weeks. The material arts film continues the tradition of the character of Chen Zen - needless to mention to martial arts film fans that the character was incarnated by Bruce Lee in Fists of Fury and Jet Li in Fist of Legend. In 1920s Shanghai, seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, a mysterious stranger arrives from overseas and befriends a local mafia boss. That man is a disguised Chen Zhen, who intends to infiltrate the mob when they form an alliance with the Japanese. Disguising himself as a caped fighter by night, Chen intends to take out »
In a too-brief career as an actor and performer, Bruce Lee appeared in only four complete films before his untimely death in 1973 at the age of 32, The Big Boss (released in the U.S. as Fists of Fury), Fist of Fury (released in the U.S. as The Chinese Connection), Way of the Dragon (released here as Return of the Dragon), and Enter the Dragon, his first (and last) English-language film. A fifth film, Game of Death, begun before Enter the Dragon, was released after Lee's death with doubles and stand-ins. In only his second film, Fist of Fury, Lee confirmed what his fans already knew: that the rare combination of innate charisma and martial arts talents and skills made him a movie star.
- Mel Valentin
Follow your dreams, but not if they get you injured says Joe Queenan, as he attempts to extract the essential pearl of wisdom from the grit of sports films such as Caddyshack, Invictus and The Blind Side
I have just found out that a professor at a Florida university has been using the 1980 film Caddyshack in a course as "a forum for discussing everything from civility and class distinctions to sports gambling and animal rights". Theodore Curtis teaches sports management at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Sports management is a discipline that prepares students for careers as, among other things, golf pros. This is precisely the managerial position that comes under siege in Caddyshack, a film in which drunks, gamblers, sluts, drug addicts and pesky subterranean critters wreak havoc at a posh country club. In one of the most memorable scenes, Bill Murray, playing a vigilante groundskeeper, uses high-powered »
- Joe Queenan
6 items from 2010
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