From Hollywood Action Films to Hong Kong Kung Fu Movies | When a Fight Scene Is Not a Fight Scene

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By Shannon Roxborough Few who watch action movies are likely to care about the hole-riddled scripts, over-the-top dramatics and formulaic clichés, but quality fight scenes are another matter. For some, like yours truly, they’re a make-it-or-break-it element. There was a time when the phrase “Hollywood fight scene” conjured up images of either a one-on-one knock-down, […]

March 11, 2018 Read more

The Death of Shaolin, and Decline of the Chinese Martial Arts

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The Wandering Sage In this periodic column, martial arts enthusiast and old China hand Shannon Roxborough explores the claims depicted in kung-fu cinema, putting them into historical, cultural, philosophical, martial and common-sense context.   Blame it on Jet Li and the Shaw Brothers 1982 cult classic film “Shaolin Temple.” No place has exterted a more […]

September 13, 2014 Read more

Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris | A Dream Fight?

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The Wandering Sage In this periodic column, martial arts enthusiast and old China hand Shannon Roxborough explores the claims depicted in kung-fu cinema, putting them into historical, cultural, philosophical, martial and common-sense context. Think of it as Fantasy Martial Arts. Today, M.M.A. allows fans to watch their favorite fighters touch gloves then engage in a […]

April 24, 2014 Read more

The End of Classic Martial Arts

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The Wandering Sage In this periodic column, martial arts enthusiast and old China hand Shannon Roxborough explores the claims depicted in kung-fu cinema, putting them into historical, cultural, philosophical, martial and common-sense context. Like many who watched kung-fu movies in the good ol’ days, I sat glued to my TV screen, entranced by a common […]

October 5, 2013 Read more

Shaolin Monks vs. the Ching Dynasty?

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The Wandering Sage In this periodic column, martial arts enthusiast and old China hand Shannon Roxborough explores the claims depicted in kung-fu cinema, putting them into historical, cultural, philosophical, martial and common-sense context.   I enjoy kung-fu films as much as anyone (maybe more). Like many of you, I spent much of my childhood watching every […]

September 11, 2013 Read more