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Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong (2003)

Cinema Hong Kong: Kung Fu (original title)
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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Chop Socky! - Chop Socky!! - Chop Socky!!!
2 March 2015 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

If you, like me, are something of an ardent fan of Chinese, martial arts films from their heyday (the 60s & 70s), then this 2003 documentary (appropriately called "Chop Socky") should be of some special interest to you.

Through interviews with Hong Kong movie directors, film historians, and actors (such as Jackie Chan, and Jet Li), as well as endless film clips of Chinese marital arts movies of yesterday, the viewer soon learns (amongst other things) all about the painstaking work involved in choreographing the amazing, synchronized sword fights, etc. that were showcased in many of these action-packed pictures.

Always using gallons of fake blood, along with some rapid-fire film editing, these ultra-violent pictures featured story-lines that, often enough, played out very much like heavy-duty, Bejing operas.

Narrated by Jim Nicholson, Chop Socky had a very brief running time of only 55 minutes.


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