Kung Fu Cult Masters
From Bruce Lee to "Crouching Tiger"
By (author) Leon Hunt
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Kung Fu Cult Masters by Leon Hunt
Book DescriptionFrom the balletic intensity of Bruce Lee to the gravity-defying swordplay of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the Chinese martial arts film has captured audiences' imaginations around the world while absorbing influences ranging from Beijing opera to computer games. Its global impact can be seen in the Hollywood crossover of stars such as Jackie Chan and Hong Kong-influenced films such as The Matrix. In this wide-ranging study, Leon Hunt looks at the mythic allure of the Shaolin Temple, the 'Clones' of Bruce Lee, gender-bending swordswomen, and the knockabout comedy of Sammo Hung, bringing new insights to a hugely popular yet critically neglected genre. In addition, he considers the impact of new technologies on a genre focused on physical performance, from the 'wire fu' of Jet Li to the digital 'stars' of console games like Tekken. Films discussed include both popular and cult classics like Game of Death, Fist of Legend, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin , and Drunken Master.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781903364635
(241mm x 159mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Wallflower Press
Publisher: Wallflower Press
Publish Date: 18-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Leon Hunt
Leon Hunt is a senior lecturer in Film and TV Studies at Brunel University, UK. He is the author of British Low Culture: From Safari Suits to Sexploitation.
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