Kung Fu Masterpiece Theater


I gotta ask, why has it taken this long for the RZA to come out with his own kung fu movie?

What’s really impressive is the multi-ethnic cast he’s assembled. This film is supposed to take place in ancient China, yet we’ve got a whole mess of non-Chinese running around and kicking the shit out of things. You don’t really see that in a lot of kung fu flicks. It looks like it’s going to be hysterically fun. I’ll be interested to see if we get cameos from the rest of the Clan as their alter egos. You know the GZA is just born to play a wise old monk who teaches someone to use the Liquid Swords. The Man With Iron Fists drops in December.


Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive trailer for Nickelodeon’s reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

It’s pretty cute. I really like the turtle designs. I like Shredder with pop out claws. No April or Splinter which doesn’t mean that they won’t be there. I think April is kind of necessary as a viewpoint character to help the audience relate to the show. Overall, I think it’s going to be a fun little series.

However, the Turtles are far from teenagers. They first hit the scene in 1984, twenty-eight years ago in a time when ninjas were the shit. Ninjas these days aren’t so badass. Part of me is a little disappointed that it’s such a familiar reboot. I get it, it’s a show for kids just like the first show, but the comic book was anything but. It would be nice to see a more dark take on the Turtles in animated form or at least an older set of Turtles. Or hell, some new anthropomorphic thing because honestly, the Turtles are kinda played out.

I suppose it’s possible that this new show will indeed have a darker tone. Shredder definitely looks more lethal than any previous version. And Legend of Korra is a pretty dark show. I’m cautiously optimistic.

From: EW

ILLUMINATE Martial Arts Returns for a Limited Engagement

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a year since we did this show.

A number of people missed our run during last year’s Fringe Festival and have asked if we’d ever perform again. So we’re bringing ILLUMINATE: A Martial Art Experience back for an extremely limited engagement. This Friday, we’ll be performing at National Geographic’s Samurai Exhibit after party. We’re actually headlining the event and will hit the stage at 11:30pm. The event is hosted by Brightest Young Things. There’s going to be some bands, other acts, food trucks, cupcakes, and us walking around doing martial arts things before we take the main stage. Tickets are available at the door or through the BYT website.

Saturday, June 30, we’ll be performing at Bishop McNamara High School. Whereas we only get twenty minutes with the National Geographic show, we’ll be doing our full set so if you want to see the karate rave at its full awesomeness level, this is the one to see. Doors open at 5:30 for a pre-show party where you can hang out with us, eat some snacks, drink some beer, and talk about your favorite martial arts flicks. We take the stage at 7:00. And when we’re all done, we’ll be heading out for food somewhere. It’s going to be an awesome night of martial arts goodness. Tickets are on sale now, $15 for adults, $10 for the kiddies.

Hope to see you there!

Reports of Jackie Chan’s Retirement Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Thanks to commenter Josh Russell, we have word that Jackie Chan’s intent may have been lost in translation. According to a facebook post:

Yesterday in my press conference in Cannes for Chinese 12 Zodiac I said that this movie was my last big action movie.

Today I was shocked when I woke up to read all the news coverage that I was retiring from doing Action movies.

I just want to let everyone know that I am not retiring from doing action movies. What I meant to say is that I need to do less of the life risking stunts on my movies. After all these years of doing so many stunts and breaking so many bones, I need to take better care of my body so I can keep working.

I will continue to do international action movies.

And I will keep improving my English 🙂

I love all of you!


YES! The gods of Kung Fu are smiling upon us!

I still stand by what I said about seeing more of Jackie in dramatic roles. I think he’s got a lot of range. But this is great news. And honestly, I don’t mind fewer crazy stunts. 50% Jackie is better than 90% of any other action star.

Jackie Chan Retires From Ass Kicking

While promoting his latest film, Chinese Zodiac, at the Cannes Film Festival, martial arts action film icon Jackie Chan announced his retirement from the genre:

This is my last action film. I am not young any more. I am really, really tired. The world is too violent right now. It’s a dilemma – I love fighting. I like action. but I don’t like violence. I want the audience to know I am not just about fighting. I can also act. I want the audience to know also I’m not only a comedian. I can act. Day by day, year by year, I’m going to show you the real Jackie Chan.

I can’t say I’m surprised. He’s been putting his body through the ringer for years. I’m surprised it hasn’t caught up with him sooner.

I’ve seen Jackie in a few dramatic roles and I was quite impressed. Granted, he also kicked a fair amount of ass in those films, but I think he’s got a lot of potential as a dramatic actor. His protege, Michelle Yeoh, has already stepped out of the action film shadow to take on dramatic roles including Burmese Prodemocracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for the upcoming biopic The Lady. I think he’ll be fine.

Sure, it’s a sad day for the action genre. But Jackie is here to stay.

From: Daily Mail

UPDATE: Found the trailer! Looks like he’s going out with a BANG!!!

Drive of the Dragon

Go for a drive, she says. Relaxing day in China, she says.

Best. Date. Ever.

Just in time for Short Film Fridays, here’s the full short of “Kung Fu Vettel: Drive of the Dragon” starring Formula 1 racer Sebastian Vettel and Celina Jade. I was wondering if this was a car commercial because they make damn sure to get plenty of shots of the bloody thing and sure enough, this is the first in a series of the Infiniti ‘Inspired Performers’ series.

I like the idea that car companies are willing to shell out real money to make fun things like this. It’s a big risk, especially since I doubt very highly that martial art enthusiasts give two shits about cars. But I like that this exists.

GAH! You Got Formula 1 in Mah Kung Fu!!

Drive of the Dragon premiers sometime today, but for now, check out the trailer. It’s full of furiously fast fists of, um, fury. Sorry, had to go there. This looks incredibly fun and silly.

From: Drive of the Dragon

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