kung fu

Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Hoohah

Film star Jet Li’s planned promotion of Tai Chi around the world, backed by Chinese Internet entrepreneur Jack Ma, is no mere business venture. Rather, it is an heroic attempt to boost China’s currently feeble...

East meets East in ‘Chandni Chowk to China’

Chandni Chowk to China, the Bollywood extravaganza meets kung fu flick, is being released in the U.S. this weekend. From the San Francisco Chronicle: It’s almost impossible to describe the effervescent madness that...

China State TV to Air 50-part Bruce Lee Biography

From Min Lee of the AP, Bruce Lee will be getting a 50-part prime-time series on state TV: Lee became a chest-thumping source of nationalistic pride to Chinese around the world with his characters who defended the Chinese...

Kung Fu Warriors Fight For Martial Art’s Future

From The Times: Among the green peaks of the Song Shan mountain range is a town named Dengfeng, which has the highest concentration of hardmen in the world. You can hear them all morning, training in the dozens of schools that...

Bloggers Criticize Shaolin Temple for Refusing Entry to Beijing Olympics

From DWNEWS.COM and Sohu Blog, summarized and translated by CDT: An Chinese old saying reads, “Shaolin Kongfu defeats the world.” This sentence perhaps needs to be changed. As host of the Olympic Games, Beijing will successfully add “Martial Arts” into its “Ad Hoc” program, hoping to demonstrate Chinese Wushu’s (martial arts’) spirit in a profound […]

Wushu Contest Held to Choose Husbands – China News Service

From China News Service: Zhang Lisha and Chen Lei, two members of a women’s lion dance(ËàûÁãÆ) team in Guangdong Province prepare to hold a wushu (martial arts) contest these days, in hopes of finding husbands after their hearts through such an activity. Zhang and Chen are in charge of the lion tail while doing the […]

Kung Fu Movies Come Out Fighting – China Daily

From China Daily via China Net: The revival of martial arts films in recent years is the result of increasing commercialism in the Chinese film industry, says Jia Leilei, director of the culture strategy research centre at the China Academy of Art. There were only a handful of martial arts films among the total 260 […]

Kung Fu Legend Lives On in New TV Series – China Net

From China Net (link): Bruce Lee (1940-73), one of the greatest martial artists and kung fu movie stars of the 20th Century, will be reincarnated in a 40-episode TV drama series entitled The Legend of Bruce Lee(ÊùéÂ∞èÈæô‰º†Â•á). The TV drama will chronicle Lee’s life from when he was 9 years old to early 1973 when […]

Shaolin’s kung fu monks make a killing – Pallavi Aiyar

From Asian Times Online (link): From high up in the misty Song Mountains of central China’s Henan province, the Shaolin monastery and its kung fu monks have held a peculiar fascination across the centuries. Shrouded in a swirl of myth and mystery, the temple’s fame has long crossed Chinese borders thanks to Hollywood and Jet […]

Global Cinema Influenced By Chinese Action Heroes – Neville D’ Cruz

From Malaysian National News Agency (link): The globalisation and popularity of Hong Kong cinema has created a new Chinese masculinity in mainstream cinema, according to a Singapore researcher based at the University of Melbourne. In a PhD thesis which explores the representations of Chinese masculinity by popular action heroes such as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan […]

Kung Fu Monks Go Modern – Ching-Ching Ni

From the Los Angeles Times: Shi Yongxin wears a bright yellow robe and heavy prayer beads and lives in an ancient shrine high up in the mountains of central China. Yet he spends a lot of his time traveling in a chauffeur-driven jeep, jet-setting around the world and hobnobbing with Hollywood types. No wonder some […]

China’s youth gets back to basics – Jehangir S. Pocha

From San Francisco Chronicle: Revered in myth, extolled in film and almost destroyed by revolution, China’s famous Shaolin Temple, where the martial art of kung fu was created, has been revived to fascinate a new generation. “Coming here was a dream,” said Chen Fang, 13, one of 10,000 students now training in kung fu in […]

Shaolin in film fightback – Jonathan Watts

From the Guardian: From the Matrix and Kill Bill to Kung Fu Hustle and House of Flying Daggers, the Shaolin monks have had to watch passively as their trademark martial arts have made millions for film studios in Hollywood and Hong Kong. But now the monks are striking back with a series of big budget […]

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