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Our five favorite Jet Li movies

Article: Our five favorite Jet Li movies

Stretch your hamstrings and polish your knuckles because tonight at 8 p.m. ET, we’re showing “The Forbidden Kingdom.” The film is an impressive feat of martial arts action, but it’s more revered because it finally brought to martial arts legends together. Yes, Jackie Chan and Jet Li both star in the film. Do you need…

The top ten bar fights in movies (with video)

Article: The top ten bar fights in movies (with video)

Sometimes a situation can’t be handled by anything other than what a young man named Alex once described as a “bit of the old ultra-violence.” Grab a bottle and break it over the head of our list of great cinematic bar brawls. “Mean Streets” (1973) This early mini-classic from a young New Yorker by the…

“The Expendables 2″ teaser is anything but disposable

Article: “The Expendables 2″ teaser is anything but disposable

They’re baaaaaaaaaack. Everyone’s favorite gang of lovable hired killers, The Expendables, returns to theaters next summer in “The Expendables 2.” Doesn’t look like the movie has a subtitle; personally, I would have gone with “The Expendables 2: Expend Harder.” Maybe a sequel’s no surprise with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the cast; that dude’s always threatening to…

Yuen Woo Ping Picks His Five Favorite Fight Scenes

Article: Yuen Woo Ping Picks His Five Favorite Fight Scenes

Though he’s hardly a household name (at least in the United States) it’s no exaggeration to say that Yuen Woo Ping is one of the most influential filmmakers on the planet. As the director of 1978′s “Snake in Eagle’s Shadow,” Yuen helped launch the career of Jackie Chan and define his unique style of comedic…

Ten Actors Most Likely To Kick You In The Face (If You’re A Movie Bad Guy)

Article: Ten Actors Most Likely To Kick You In The Face (If You’re A Movie Bad Guy)

As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, we are thinking of all the things we are thankful for. Obviously action movies are near the top of the list. (Right after documentaries and horror films.) Helping get us in the holiday spirit, Hero is airing at 1:35 p.m. ET. The film stars Jet Li as a…

Forbidden Kingdom

Article: Forbidden Kingdom

In Asia, South Korea’s Rain is a pop megastar with platinum albums who’s toured the world, playing to stadium crowds. But in his first lead role in the U.S., in James McTeigue’s “Ninja Assassin,” he plays, well, a ninja assassin. For Asian male leads, breaking into Hollywood still pretty much means starring in martial arts…

Jackie Chan nostalgia.

Article: Jackie Chan nostalgia.

“Was Bruce Lee actually any good at martial arts?” wonders Robert Twigger at the Guardian. It’s a fair question — how can non-martial artists know how to evaluate the impressive-looking stuff in fight scenes? The answer turns out to be, of course, yes, yes, yes, and Twigger unearths some good anecdotes and facts about Lee,…

Commemorating a revolution with movies, merchandise.

Article: Commemorating a revolution with movies, merchandise.

The People’s Republic has kicked off an eight-day holiday commemorating the 60th anniversary of the revolution — there’s so much going on in the country, film-wise, that I’m going to go in bullet-point style: – In the words of the AP headline: “Communist China marks 60 years with tanks, kitsch.” The tanks were part of…

It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad People’s Republic.

Article: It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad People’s Republic.

Earlier this year, the Chinese government’s media authority — the China Film Group — announced plans for 50 movies to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution. Worker heroes like “Iron Man Wang,” a nation’s moment of unity in the face of last year’s earthquake in Sichuan Province, and many more cultural touchstones from…

King Kong

Article: King Kong

Not since the arrival of Bruce Lee during the ’70s has a generation of Americans been so widely exposed to Chinese culture through film, and Billy Kong has been behind much of it. The CEO of Hong Kong’s Edko Films, Kong is the producer responsible for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” as well as “House of…

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