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Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong (2003)
"Cinema Hong Kong: Kung Fu" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary, Action  |  31 July 2004 (USA)
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A look at the martial arts and kung fu cinema of Hong Kong.

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A look at Hong Kong action films, from their roots in choreography of Beijing Opera and the Wuxia tradition of honorable solitary fighters to the evolution in film from martial arts (swordplay) to Kung Fu (fists, feet, and sticks). Talking heads discuss actors: the stylized fighting of David Chiang, the realism of Bruce Lee, and the comedy of Jackie Chan. They discuss directors: King Hu and Cheng Che, whose work leads to international successes of Ang Lee and John Woo. There's a demonstration of editing in the camera, and there are discussions of Japan's influence, the increased violence of 70s and 80s films, the emergence of the superhero, and the films' cultural subtext. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Very Good But Not Long Enough
20 August 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

This documentary from IFC is a very good over view of Hong Kong martial arts cinema, unfortunately its much too short to really give you anything but a taste of the wonders of the genre. Don't get me wrong this is very good,and you should see it, you'll just find the end credits rolling wanting to know and see more, more on the history of the genre and more of the films.

Ultimately its a quibble and more than likely you'll find yourself surfing the web to find copies of some the films shown, although I do warn anyone searching for some of the titles, many are on cheap knock off dvds and do not look nearly as good as the prints shown here.

A very good, if brief look at a cinema long in need of a proper overview.

8 out of 10

(You may want to try and find Cinema of Vengeance a 1994 documentary which is more detailed and compliments this film nicely)


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