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Shaw Brothers Star Kara Hui Returns To Action As Ho Yuhang's Mrs K

Iconic Shaw Brothers star Kara Hui - who first starred for the studio in 1976 effort Dirty Ho before launching on to a long and celebrated career - returns to the action genre that made her name with the now-in-production Mrs K, a Malaysia-Hong Kong co-production directed by Ho Yuhang.Though Hui's work in recent years has been more in the dramatic realm she demonstrated with 2011 PEter Chan directed effort Wu Xia - released in the Us as Dragon - that she's still got what it takes to deliver the martial arts goods on screen and she'll be given ample opportunity to do so, taking the lead role here. Here's the official announcement:Kuala Lumpur, 8 December 2015 - Shooting has commenced for Mrs K, an...

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100 Great Kung Fu Movies – Part 3 (59-40)

When it comes to making features like this one, i love the idea of coming up with my own personal “100 Great Kung Fu Movies” of all time. It is tough choosing just 100 because you know there are many more great Kung Fu movies that are not on the list.

I have decided that to make the list, a movie must have a few hand to hand moments during fight scenes in the movies chosen. If for example its mainly sword play with one fight scene hand to hand it won’t make the list. Its old school “style” Kung Fu movies, not modern day settings.

I understand everyone will have their own personal favorites and some may not agree with my list and that’s fine because it’s nice to have different opinions on this genre which keeps it fresh and alive when having good debates.

Anyway, thank you
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Have kung fu films lost their punch?

Since its heyday, kung fu seems to be giving way to other action genres, but could it be making a comeback?

There was a time when everyone was indeed kung fu fighting. Films belonging to the genre, made popular in the 1970s by the late Bruce Lee, helped to boost Hong Kong cinema, not to mention the careers of various Chinese actors such as Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Jet Li. However, in recent years, it seems that the kung fu film is losing the raw bad-assery that fans have grown up watching. As martial arts films are now evolving to feature more computer animation and culture rather than pure, unadulterated violence, has kung fu lost its touch?

The first kung fu film dates back to the late 1930s, when folk heroes and famed martial artists Fong Sai-Yuk and Wong Fei-Hung were immortalised for the first time (they would
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Sammo Hung Rarity Pedicab Driver Anchors The Old School Kung Fu Fest! Check Out The Festival Trailer Now!

Hey, New York! You lot are in for a treat this coming weekend with Subway Cinema's Old School Kung Fu Fest hitting the Anthology Film Archives April 18 - 20! Pedicab Driver! 36th Chamber of Shaolin! Canton Viper! Challenge Of The Masters! Dirty Ho! Heroes Of The East! Legendary Weapons Of China! Master of The Flying Guillotine! And an as-yet-unnamed secret screening, all up on the big screen! Check the official website for all the details and to order tickets and check out the official trailer below!...

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New York! Prepare Thy Selves For Old School Kung Fu Fest!

Attention fans of classic kung fu cinema! Subway Cinema and Anthology Film Archives are putting together a weekend to celebrate classic martial arts films from April 18th through 20th. As well, there will be a tribute to one of kung fu cinema's legendary figures, Lau Kar-leung.The first director to treat kung fu realistically, pitting style against style (Northern Fist vs. Southern Leg! Monkey Boxing vs. Drunken Boxing!), he made movies where martial arts were a philosophy, where training elevated the soul, virtue was more important than survival, and invincible enemies were stabbed in the eardrums. Lau Kar-leung passed away last year at 78 years old, so we're unleashing five of his greatest movies (including Lau's masterpiece Dirty Ho, and the legendary 36th Chamber Of Shaolin, both on 35mm!) plus his show-stopping...

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Farewell to the Master

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With the passing of Lau Kar-leung (the common Cantonese spelling, he was also often credited in Mandarin as Liu Chia-liang), one of the great chapters of Hong Kong cinema comes to a close. Justly famous as martial arts choreographer and action director for many kung fu and wu xia films—the last was Tsui Hark's Seven Swords (2005), in which he also acted—Lau was also one of the outstanding filmmakers of Hong Kong cinema. His most important period was during the final heyday of Shaw Brothers, Asia's biggest studio: In the late 70s and early 80s, before Shaw Bros. closed their doors, Lau proved himself the biggest proponent of the martial arts tradition in Hong Kong cinema, as well as its chief modernizing force, hiding sublime layers beneath ultra-robust exterior appearance. (Fittingly, in 2003 he also directed the studio's comeback movie, more or less coinciding with the inauguration of belated
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