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  By David Kozlowski   |   18 August 2017

Welcome to Issue #9 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column offering strong opinions about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your feedback or ideas for future columns: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!

Previous Issues: 8.11.17 | 8.4.17 | 7.28.17 | 7.21.17 | 7.14.17 | 7.7.17

Hey Lrm Weekenders, this week we're featuring some of the most intriguing, powerful, and successful women in Hollywood. Its easy to become fixated on our male action stars, since that's how Hollywood tends to market their films, so we sometimes fail to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of our female action stars! But first, we want to discuss the elephant in the room: the dwindling audiences at movie theaters -- we'll explore some problems, one potential solution, and hopefully provide some insight into an issue that's only going to get worse if everything remains status quo.
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Sammo Hung: The Man, The Legend

Sammo Hung is regarded as one of the greatest Kung Fu performers of his generation. His high tempo, hard htting fight sequences have captured audiences all over the world. Future generations will look back and watch in amazement, witnessing one of the very best in world cinema.

Peking Opera Days

The Peking Opera school was run from a small theatre by Master Yu Jim Yuen, this was where Sammo Hung would begin his journey. In them days, the stundents would normally enroll for around 10 years, each day performing gruelling tasks for up to 18 hours a day which included training in the Martial Arts, weapons training, acrobatics, acting and singing. The Peking opera of course brought together Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah, Corey Yuen, Yuen Tak and Yuen Mo, who would eventually be known as the 7 Little Fortunes. They took the first name “Yuen” in a sign of
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Once Upon A Time In Shanghai punches onto Us DVD

From Director Wong Ching Po (Revenge: A Love Story) and acclaimed Action Director Yuen Wo Ping (The Grandmasters, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) comes Once Upon A Time In Shanghai, debuting on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Jan. 13 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The modern action-packed fable features rising martial arts star Philip Ng (Young and Dangerous: Reloaded) as a country bumpkin who moves to 1930's Shanghai in the hope of becoming rich, but ends up honing his kung fu skills to become a lethal fighting machine. Once Upon A Time In Shanghai also stars the legendary Sammo Hung (Ip Man franchise), Andy On (As the Light Goes Out, White Vengeance), Michelle Hu (Mr. & Mrs. Player), Luxia Jiang (Ip Man: The Final Fight), Mao Junjie (Jackie Chan Presents: Wushu), Chan Koon-Tai (The Man with the Iron Fists), Yuen Cheung-Yan (Kung Fu Hustle, Charlie's Angels franchise) and Fung Hak-On (Tai Chi Zero
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The Tony Jaa Interview By Justyn (King Of Kung Fu)

Twitter:https://twitter.com/tonyjaaofficial

Tony Jaa is one of the most talked about Action stars in the world, with his ground-breaking action and stunt work, he will certainly be around for a long, long time. The first time i seen Tony in Ong Bak, i could not believe what i was seeing, just incredible stuff i had not seen since the first time i watched Jackie Chan in Police Story. Hard hitting fight scenes, excellent stunt work, incredible flexibility, and just had a fresh approach of Martial Arts movie making.

Apart from starring in movies, Tony has also been stunt work in Mortal Kombat Annihilation for the character Liu Kang (Robin Shou). I recently heard he also doubled Sammo Hung, when he did a commercial which required him to somersault onto the elephant’s back.

Over recent years, Tony Jaa has proved to the world what he can deliver on
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Corman-Produced Chinese Horror Hell's Haunted Palace Gets A Trailer

Roger Corman, the King of the Bs himself, has been getting his hands dirty in the Chinese Film Industry lately, financing a couple of ultra low budget films in Guangzhou through Hong Kong based production company, Ace Studios. Both films will be English-language productions aimed for the Us cable TV market, directed by Australian-Chinese director Antony Szeto, whose previous work as a director includes recent Sammo Hung vehicle Wushu, but has plied his trade as an action director and stunt coordinator for more than two decades. The first of these two collaborations, Hell's Haunted Palace, just had its world premiere at PiFan last month, under its international title The Living Dead. It tells the story of a group of American filmmakers, whose plans to make a documentary...

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Jackie Chan attending a kung fu competition in Madagascar this fall

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Jackie Chan, famed martial artist actor who has performed all his own stunts, is making an appearance at a kung fu competition in September, reports Yahoo News (via Africa Review).

The Kung Fu Wushu African Cup, which is held in Antananarivo, Madagascar this year, will be welcoming Chan, who is an idol of most of the contestants.

Jose Ramaherison of the Malagasy Federation, also known as Master Gao, says, "Madagascar has been making a lot of effort to host the African Cup since 2009. The dream will finally come true this year."

There will also be six Shaolins from Chinese temples performing at the event. There is no word as to exactly what part Chan will play in the competition, which takes place Sept. 5-10.
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Wu Ma (午馬): Kung Fu Cinema Legend

Wu Ma is a legend when it comes to Kung Fu movies, starring in his first movie at the age of 14 in Lady General Hua Mulan and is still active till this day. Wu must be one of the most recognizable faces in the business, starring in movies such as Encounters Of The Spooky Kind, Dead And The Deadly, The Manchu Boxer, Iron Monkey and lots more. Wu Ma is still making movies to this day, this year he appeared in the movie Game Of Assassins, which also featured Leung Kar Yan and Chen Kuan Tai.

Selected Filmography

1977:Iron Monkey

1980:Encounters Of The Spooky Kind

1980:By Hook Or By Crook

1982:Dead And The Deadly

1986:Righting Wrongs

1987:Chinese Ghost Story

1990:Swordsman

1993:Kickboxer

2012:Game Of Assassins

Background

Wu was born Feng Hongyuan in Tianjin. At 16 he moved to Guangzhou and became a machinist before migrating to Hong Kong in 1960. In
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Hit Girls – progression so far (Maria Tran)

Directed by:Maria Tran, Adrian Castro

Written By:Maria Tran

Produced by:Maria Tran

Hit Girls is a upcoming movie made by Independent film makers in Australia, starring Maria Tran, Juju Chan, Thien Nguyen, Peter Yu, Adrian Castro and Kenny On. The movie as been getting some good press release, recently getting a article online by movie magazine Impact.

Plot

It is a quirky, fast-paced, action platform about two unlikely assassin heroines, Pixie Ho (Juju Chan, Hong Kong pop singer and action movie star) and Maria Tran (ABC’s logie award “My Place”).

This is what Maria had to say about the second day of shooting,

“Yeah, its a learning curve, on Sunday Day 2 of the shoot, i was thrown onto a rock and my head smacked onto a rock and started bleeding. I must have slightly concussed, but insisted strongly on finishing the shoot. My lump has finally died
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Cung Le: World Class fighter To Movie Hero

Selected Filmography:

2007: Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate Fighter

2009: Fighting

2009: Bodyguards and Assassins

2010: Tekken

2012: Dragon Eyes

2012: The Grandmasters

2012: The Man with the Iron Fists

Stats:

Born: May 25, 1972

Height: 5 ft 10

Style: Kickboxing, Sanshou, Taekwondo, Wrestling

Contact Info:

Twitter: @Cungle185

Website: www.cungschallenge.com

Cung Le is a fighting machine, anyone who steps in his way will feel the full force of his brutal back kick and many wont be getting up from it. I have always been impressed with his fighting ability and whenever he enters the octagon he always brings 100% to each fight, which makes him an exciting fighter to watch.

Early Life

Cung Le, a Vietnamese American, was born in Saigon, South Vietnam (now Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam). In 1975, three days before the Fall of Saigon, Cung Le and his mother Anne left Vietnam by helicopter under heavy gunfire. He ended up in San Jose,
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Jet Li: 30 Years And Counting

Other names: 李连杰

Li Lianjie

Jet Li Lian Jie

Birth date: 26/4/1963

Nationality: China

Workplace: Hong Kong, USA

Selected Filmography:

1982:Shaolin Temple

1991:Once Upon A Time In China

1993:Tai Chi Master

1993:Fong Sai Yuk

1994:Fist Of Legend

2002:Hero

2005:Fearless

Jet Li has been making movies now for 30 years, this time in 1982, he was at the beginning of his journey starring in a movie called The Shaolin Temple (1982), which would make him an over night superstar. Thousands of people back then would travel for miles to get a chance to see Jet training, with his lightening fast punches and flexibility.

Wushu Years

Li was eight when his talent for wushu was noticed at a summer course at school, and he began his practice there. Li participated in the sport of wushu in the non-sparring event. He began on the Beijing Wushu Team, an athletic group organized to perform
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Wu Jing: Wu Shu Champion To Kung Fu Star

Other names: 吳京

Jacky Wu

Jing Wu

Birth date: 03/4/1974

Nationality: China

Workplace: China, Hong Kong

Selected Filmography:

1996:Tai Chi Boxer

2005:Sha Po Lang

2006:Fatal Contact

2007:Invisible Target

2010:Shaolin

2012:Special Identity

Wu Jing started off training in Martial Arts at the age of 6, where he attended the Beijing Sports Institute at Shichahai. Both his father and grandfather were also martial artists. Like Jet Li before him, he competed as a member of the Beijing Wushu Team. He won first place in several national level wushu competitions at the junior level and continued to compete as an adult, despite his increasing height.

In April 1995, Wu was spotted by action choreographer Yuen Woo-ping, Wu played Hawkman / Jackie in 1996 film Tai Chi Boxer,who had come to the institute to look for a martial artist for the film, his first Hong Kong film debut. Yuen Woo Ping was also the guy who brought us Donnie yen,
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Shaolin Blu-ray Review

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Shaolin’s first third introduces us to a rather unpleasant character, Hou Chieh (Andy Lau), a warlord who is attempting to seize power through violent conquest. He’s pretty ruthless and is happy to sanction and participate in violent acts against even the peaceful monks who inhabit the Shaolin Temple that provides the film’s central location.

Following an unexpected turn of events though he is stripped of his power, his daughter dies, in a rather brutal but somewhat melodramatic scene, and his wife leaves him. Forced to question his life choices Hou Chieh spends the remainder of the film going through a ‘spiritual’ transformation, aided by his entry into the Shaolin Temple and his study of martial arts and Buddhism there.

With the endorsement of the actual Shaolin monastery, something that is now legally necessary in order to use the name, Shaolin is a film that certainly appears to
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Fantasia 2011: ‘True Legend’ is a step above most forgettable Kung-Fu films

True Legend aka Su Qi-Er

Directed by Woo-ping Yuen

Written by Chi-long To

(2010) Hong Kong

Fantasia imdb

Beggar Su is the old man who trains Wong-Fei Hung (Jackie Chan) in the drunken fist style in the first Drunken Master, not coincidentally also directed by Woo-ping Yuen, so this film acts as a prequel to the Drunken Master films, explaining how Beggar Su came to be a drunk.

The film starts with Su Qi-Er as a successful and respected general alongside his two best friends Ma (Xiaodong Guo) and his blood-brother Yuan Lie (Andy On). After a thrilling rescue of a kidnapped Imperial prince, Yu is offered a position as governor and advised to send the erratic Yuan into exile. Instead, Yu gives his sword to Ma, retires from the army and ensures that Yuan gets the post as governor.

Yu Qi-Er’s problem is that True Legend is not just a prequel to Drunken Master,
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Review: True Legend

The name Woo-ping Yuen may not sound familiar to general filmgoers, but you don't have to be a martial-arts film fan to have witnessed Master Yuen's contribution to the action movie industry. Best known to the general populace for his contribution to The Matrix and Kill Bill series, Yuen is an international legend due in part to his action/fight choreography and martial arts direction. He's often credited with playing an integral part in action/martial arts star Jackie Chan's career by casting and directing him in the 1978 classic martial arts film Drunken Master.

One would think that with over 40 years of experience under his belt, the 65-year-old Yuen would be ready to rest on his laurels -- not so, as he returns to the director's chair for the first time in almost 15 years with True Legend, a Fantastic Fest 2010 selection that returns to Austin on Friday for a
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True Legend's Drunken Fist Origin Is Fun Without The Hangover

There are a lot of new and re-released martial arts films that make their way to my review stack, so I've devised a way of determining which to watch that I'm happy to share with you.  I slap the disc in then check out the opening fight sequence.  If I don't say "holy sh*t!" at least twice, I know not to bother.  With True Legend, the fight choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping's return to the director's chair, I think I holy shat about five times.

Ostensibly set in the 1860s at the end of the Qing Dynasty, the opening battle looks more like Middle Earth than anything from history.  A band of interlopers stealthily cross rope bridges and use Wolverine-ish claws to climb a dark stone tower.  (Why bad guys think keeping their fortresses high above bottomless pits won't one day bite them in the ass is beyond me.)  A breathtaking
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DVD Review: Wushu

Wushu

Stars: Sammo Hung, Wei Dong, Wu Dazhou, Lie Xin, Shi Yao, Liang Zhicheng, Zhang Jin, Tei Nan | Written by Dennis Chan & Ho Leung Lau | Directed by Antony Szeto

“Raised by their grandmother since their mother’s death, nine-year-old Li Yi (Wei Dong) and his younger brother Li Er (Wu Dazhou) are about to start a new life with their father, Li Hui (Sammo Hung), a teacher at an elite Chinese martial arts school which they are to attend. Their mischief-filled first day introduces them to fellow pupils Fong Fong (Lie Xin), Xiao Zhang (Shi Yao) and Yang Yauwu (Liang Zhicheng) and a life-long allegiance between the five friends is soon formed.

Ten years later, in their final year of college, Li Yi, Fong Fong and Yang have become the school’s top Wushu students, while Li Er and Xiao Zhang are the top two Sanda fighters, all working hard
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Wushu: Review

Director: Antony Szeto. Review: Adam Wing. Jackie Chan is on board as executive producer of Wushu - The Young Generation, which is hardly surprising when you consider that it’s young stars are genuine martial artists plucked from obscurity and thrown onto the big screen in the hope of discovering the next big thing. Antony Szeto takes on directorial duties, telling the tale of newbie martial arts students facing a variety of challenges as they prepare to graduate. Leading the pack are Wang Wen Jie and Liu Feng Chao, and martial arts legend Sammo Hung provides hefty support as both wushu instructor and father of two of the boys. We first meet Li Yi (Wang Wen Jie) and Li Er (Wang Ya Chao) at a very young age, starting their journey through school and into manhood. Li Yi is tipped to win a hotly contested wushu competition, but he insists
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Film-inspired holidays: The Hong Kong Kung Fu Holiday

Act as cannon fodder for the next Jackie Chan, or take the Star Ferry to Kowloon for some neon glamour and play spot-the-film-location

If you've watched a lot of Hong Kong films but haven't visited the territory, you may be disappointed to find that there aren't gangs of nunchuck-wielding triads on every corner. Or cops bouncing up walls. Or goalies in yellow tracksuits flying 50ft up into the air to save goals.

But it is an undeniably filmic experience. Jump in a cab on the streets of Mong Kok, squint a bit and you could be in one of Wong Kar-wai's blurry arthouse puzzles. Hop on the open-top 15C bus as it bombs down the narrow, winding road from the Peak to Central and it's easy to imagine you're in one of Jackie Chan's inventive chases. Take the Star Ferry to Kowloon and relive the romance of The World of Suzie Wong.
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Blu-Ray Review: Crowd-Pleasing Extras Elevate ‘The Karate Kid’

Chicago – If I were 12 years old, I’d probably think “The Karate Kid” was one of the best Blu-Rays of the year. It’s got everything: a crowd-pleasing feature film, several superb extras, and strikingly sharp picture quality, with colors that pop. Yet since I’m twice as old, I’m cursed with the clarity to see through the splendid spectacle and linger on its utter superficiality.

The Karate Kid” is barely a film at all, but merely a celebration of brand names, the first of which is the title itself, which makes no sense in the context of this remake. While John G. Avildsen’s 1984 classic was about a sensitive teenager learning karate in California, this film is about a cocky kid learning kung fu in China. When the kid corrects his mother on the precise name of his favored martial art, she goes, “Karate, kung fu, whatever!” This
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Yuen Woo Ping's the Stuff of "Legend" at Fantastic Fest 2010

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Yuen Woo Ping's the Stuff of
"I'm going to say some things that probably can't be translated," said Tim League before handing the mic over to the Drafthouse's resident kung fu expert Lars Nilsen. "This guy has done some batshit crazy stuff."

Of course, he was referring to Saturday night's guest of honor Yuen Woo Ping, the master fight choreographer behind such films as "The Matrix" and "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon," who was at Fantastic Fest to unveil the North American premiere of his latest directorial effort, "True Legend," the origin story of one of his most famous films "Drunken Master." Instead of Jackie Chan, we get Chiu Man Cheuk as Su Can, a decorated warrior who retires from the army to become a Wushu instructor and spend more time with his wife and child, passing on the governorship that's been offered to him to his brother-in-arms Yuan (Andy On). For reasons that I never entirely understood,
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