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Collider Movie Talk - 01/20/2016

Jet Li Collection - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:44
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Was Vivek Mishra considered for Kung Fu Yoga?

jackiechan compiled - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:43
Jackie Chan’s most talked about film Kung Fu Yoga already has an added Indian flavor in the fo
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Jet Li formará parte del elenco de la secuela de 'xXx’ con Vin Diesel

Jet Li Collection - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 08:21
Jet Li formará parte del elenco de la nueva película de acción xXx: The Return of Xander Cage protag
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Jet Li Set to Join Vin Diesel in XXX 3

Jet Li Collection - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 01:25

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

Vin Diesel has a tough fight in front of him when he reprises his role of Xander Cage for the next xXx flick.

Sources are saying that Jet Li has finally inked a deal to star opposite Diesel in the upcoming xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage. Li’s involvement was hinted at a few weeks ago but it wasn’t official until the actor signed on the dotted line just recently.

Much like Diesel’s other popular franchise, the Fast and Furious series, xXx 3 looks to surround the actor with a crew of tough guys and jokesters. The plan is to do the same for Li, and while plot details are scarce, word is that the martial artist will lead his own crew to fight the bad fight.

Whether Li is the big bad of the film or he is just the next-to-last fight before the real villain has yet to be revealed..

No release date has been set, but the film is set to start filming in February with D.J. Caruso behind the camera.

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Jet Li Confirmed For 'xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE'

Jet Li Collection - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 20:05

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Jet Li has officially joined the cast of xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE. 

Although the actor and martial artist was rumored to be a part of the project since New Year’s day, it wasn’t confirmed. Li will play the leader of his own team [who] will square off against Diesel.

In xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE, Diesel co-stars opposite Samuel L. Jackson, who reprises his role as NSA Agent Augustus Gibbons, UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor, Indian star Deepika Padukone, The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev and Orange is the New Black‘s Ruby Rose. F. Scott Frazier provided the most recent draft of the script, which will be directed by D.J Caruso. Diesel and Joe Roth are producing with Jeff Kirschenbaum and Samantha Vincent, who is also Diesel’s sister.

Jet Li was most recently seen on the big screen as part of the cast of The Expendables 2. There, he again reprises his role as martial arts specialist Yin Yang.

Filming on The Return of Xander Cage will begin later this month in Toronto and the Philippines. The film does not have a release date as of yet.

 

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When is a plot hole not a plot hole?

jackiechan compiled - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 17:25

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I’ve blogged my thoughts on this before somewhere, citing Skyfall and The Dark Knight Rises, but since Star Wars has been released there’s been a wave of people bringing it up again … so I thought I’d chip in with my own baseless opinions once more.

The grumbling in question (leaving aside all thoughts of Mary Sues) is about …

Oh, wait.

SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

MAYBE SOME FOR SKYFALL OR THE DARK KNIGHT RISES TOO

BUT THEN AGAIN, MAYBE NOT

The grumbling is about Poe Dameron ‘magically’ reappearing on … whatever planet it was the Resistance was on. “How did he get from Jakku to … wherever it was?” they cry. “Clearly this is a plot hole!”

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Well, no.

We’ve all seen films where, late at night, the boy and the girl (or boy and boy or girl and girl or … whatever combination you can think of) start to kiss and then, in the very next scene, it’s morning and they’re naked in bed, right?

In between those two scenes, they had sex.

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Shocking, I know, but sometimes things happen between scenes and it’s up to us, the clever audience, to fill in the blanks. Imagine whatever kind of nasty, perverted things you like. Go wild.

In Skyfall, James Bond, a super-spy who’s better than all other super-spies in the entire world gets from one country to another after being pronounced dead … is that really something people can’t fill in the blanks for? They can’t imagine James Bond has illegal connections throughout the world? We can’t imagine he has a stash of fake passports hidden somewhere?

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Really?

Bruce Wayne, a fucking billionaire who’s also Batman (Batman, for fuck’s sake!) makes his way from one country to another without a passport or access to any of his bank accounts … and people can’t imagine some details involving friends he made whilst travelling the world, alone, without his money? They can’t imagine Batman having a string of fake identities around the world? They can’t imagine Batman having contingency plans for everything?

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What about Poe Dameron? The Resistance’s BEST PILOT.

Not a pretty good pilot, but the BEST PILOT.

The best one.

People can’t imagine any conceivable way for the Resistance’s best pilot to get from one planet to another? They can’t imagine a string of resistance-friendly people working in the shadows of every planet? They can’t imagine Poe being able to steal a spaceship, like Rey and Finn do? They can’t imagine him working his passage back to (whatever planet the Resistance is on) by working as a rent boy for the wealthy elite?

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Nothing springs to mind? No thoughts which would convince people this isn’t a plot hole?

Really?

Okay, so maybe it’s an odd story-telling choice to have (what’s supposedly*) a major character disappear for nearly a third of the movie … but it’s not a plot hole.

Neither are any of the other ‘plot holes’ people have been identifying throughout the film.

Rey couldn’t possibly fly the Millennium Falcon.

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Well she does. So at some point she must have learnt/been taught.

Rey couldn’t possibly just know how to use the Force.

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Yet she does, so either someone must have told her in the past and then she’s forgotten only to remember when she most needed it. Or using the Force isn’t that hard – after all, Luke was on Dagobah for about three days and he did okay.

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If you define ‘okay’ as getting your arse kicked and your hand chopped off and otherwise losing completely and totally.

Rey can’t possibly speak Wookie … unless, of course, she’s learnt how to in the past. Perhaps by one of the many, many alien races she seems to have been dealing with on a daily basis since she was dumped on Jakku?

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None of these things are plot holes, they just require an active imagination on behalf of the audience and a little bit of good will.

Because, to answer the question in the title of this blog post, a plot hole isn’t a plot hole when you enjoy the movie. Most things which seem impossible can be explained if you’re willing to think of an explanation.

How did Finn and then Rey hold off a Force user who’s more powerful than any Force user we’ve ever seen before? Well, maybe he’s not more powerful? Maybe he’s good at pausing blaster bolts but sucks at lightsaber duelling. I’m good at some things and not others, maybe he is too? I mean, the kid’s only a teenager for God’s sake. He’s barely past puberty and still seems to be having wild mood swings. And he just killed … you know. And he got shot. It probably wasn’t him at his best.

Why did Artoo wait until the end of the movie to wake up and tell everyone he had the map they were all^ searching for all along? Because … he was a bit sad? Maybe Luke told him to wait until a certain something had happened? Ah, but he’s a robot so his memory’s just like a computer so why can’t Resistance techs just take the info? Well … maybe because in between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens the droids have been emancipated and brain-raping one is considered just not cricket? Or maybe their brains don’t work like that?

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Why didn’t Chewie lose his shit when … that thing happened near the end? Because … either it didn’t happen the way we think it did (or at all) or maybe Wookies get over stuff really quickly? Maybe, after a lifetime together, he’d decided that guy was a dick and deserved it?

If you like the film, you can justify pretty much anything. I’ll admit, I prefer to have things foreshadowed a little bit. I don’t mind doing this kind of mental backstory-writing once or twice … but for almost every scene is a little much for me. Probably because I’m lazy. I do this kind of stuff for a living, when I go to the cinema I want someone else to do it for me.

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If you don’t like a film, if you’re not enjoying the experience then moments like these, especially when there are so many, are annoying and frustrating. The best way to enjoy films is to just accept what you’re seeing is possible and has a reason which will be explained later on.

I, for example, was pretty confident Finn was never a Stormtrooper. I fully expected to find out he ran the new Death Star’s sweet shop or something and had snuck into a Stormtrooper’s costume moments before that raid. I just don’t believe he was stolen as a child, brainwashed and trained to fight for somewhere around fifteen years.

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I could have just sat there shouting ‘this is bullshit!’ at the screen … but instead I chose to accept what I was being shown, confident there would be a reveal coming later on. I’m still assuming that will be covered at some point in the future.

Which is a bit of a problem with SW:TFA because the story isn’t finished, it’s not really a film, it’s a piece of a film with lots and lots of stuff unresolved. Presumably in two or four year’s time we’ll understand why people were behaving the way they were.

Basically, try and enjoy a film and assume everything we see is there for a reason. Or else find fault with everything and assume everyone involved did a terrible job.

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Yes, there are ways writers can minimise the latter … but some things will always require a degree of complicity from the audience. Not everything needs to be explained and some things have to be taken on faith. No matter what character Jackie Chan plays, he’ll be a Kung Fu master. It doesn’t need explaining because anyone can train in Kung Fu and be good at it. It’s no stretch to believe a shopkeeper, a doctor or a rock star hasn’t also done twenty years of Kung Fu training.

Basically, if most plot holes aren’t plot holes but merely us picking holes in things because we’re not enjoying the movie, then maybe we should give the film the benefit of the doubt before we cry foul?

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Or don’t, it’s your money.

* I’ve been told he’s a major character and one of the new trilogy of actors who’ll take the series forward. To be honest, that surprised me. I thought he was like Wedge – someone who hangs around in the background but isn’t really a major character.

^ Not all. Leia and Kylo Ren and the CGI baddie (who is so clearly CGI I suspect that’s a plot point. I think that’s probably Luke in disguise and it’s all a plan to … annoy people) – no one else gave a flying fuck where Luke had gone to sulk.

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Angelina Jolie's Gorgeous Family Is All Grown Up

angelina jolie - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 21:55

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Allison Gilbert: David Bowie and a National Call to Cure Cancer

angelina jolie - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 19:45
This week has been full of the stories that reverberate through social media. First David Bowie succumbed to cancer, then just a few days later, Alan ...

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You can use martial arts to tell a different story. Ang Lee used...

Jet Li Collection - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 01:10

You can use martial arts to tell a different story. Ang Lee used martial arts in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” to talk about love. – Jet Li: http://dlvr.it/DJrR1r

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Movie Reviews 253 – Tai Chi Master (1993)

Jet Li Collection - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 07:14

Tai Chi MasterNever disappointed in any movie starring Michelle Yeoh, The Tai Chi Master, co-starring Jet Li captivates viewers with a barrage of novel and inspiring masterful martial arts moves on par with the best examples in the class. The acrobatics are not only relegated to the expected battles, but are also exhibited in more mundane scenes as well, delivering a character rich story dealing with life choices and the omnipresent battle between good and evil.

Two young monks grow up together in a Shaolin monastery in a friendly rivalry that nurtures their martial arts training and making both of them master practitioners. Opposite in nature, Junbao (Li) is the calm, cool headed thinking individual while his friend Tienbo (Chin Siu Ho) is the brash, obstinate one always seeking something better in life. When Tienbo dares to challenge a master at the monastery after a fellow student disciple cheats him in a battle contest, both he and Junbao are expelled together, forcing them find new lives outside the confines of the communal safe haven.

As soon as they get to the nearest village, they soon learn of the brutal and unfair tactics of corrupt gangs and tax collectors all at the behest of the governor and his henchmen. The men come to the rescue of Miss Lee (Fennie Yuen) a local restaurateur and another street merchant, Siu Lin (Yeoh) who has disavowed her former husband after he spurned her for a rich socialite. When the governor’s men extort the restaurant and the four newfound friends all ending up battling the governor’s representatives, they know this will be just the beginning of their troubles. Junbao decides that he will stay with the rebellious group associated with the establishment while to his surprise and shock, Tienbo takes up the recruitment offer by one of the governors captains. This pits the two men at odds with one another and their chosen paths in life. The entire movie plot reflects those virtues as the running theme like the art of Tai Chi itself which teaches patience and skill in order to train one’s mind.

As good as the story itself may be, it is enhanced at every turn by great action sequences and mesmerizing agile feats of physical prowess. Even imagining unseen wires and other photographic tricks, I found myself wondering how they filmed many of the spectacular sequences.

There are a few variants of English language releases for the DVD which was also released under the title Twin Warriors), mine being from Universe Laser (shown above and labelled as The Tai-Chi Master) suffered the always annoying, barely intelligible at times, ‘chinglish’ subtitles with no special features other than some equally terribly written bios for the stars and director Yuen Woo-ping. But even worse for me was the fact that I could not view the final chapter of the movie as my DVD kept faltering. While frustrating being deprived of the ending, there is no doubt that this is certainly of one of the most well rounded martial arts movies around.

On a side note, Woo-ping is the one who brought us Drunken Master and will be soon releasing the follow up to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, CTHD:Sword of Destiny which will have Yeoh reprise her role in the original. Yeah for more Yeoh!

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A Handshake with “Messiah of Kids” :: Jackie Chan!

jackiechan compiled - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 10:40

Being an Indian, a reason for a trip to china would have been “business, exhibition” & unless me and my husband stumbled upon this exciting opportunity, china would have never been in our list for a voyage! Nonetheless had we given a thought, this exquisite wonder came across for Beijing & Shanghai & to make it more special , we got a chance to be a part of “International Event – Jackie Chan International FAN club” ,to celebrate JC’s 60th Birthday@ Beijing.

Without any thoughts juggling over, this was a certain motivation & a life changer trip to meet my Childhood Hero & a noble soul!

Thrilled, Instant VISA application was given, baggage packed, we started from Mumbai to Beijing via Hong Kong. Even 10-11 hours flight was a comfortable one, as the thought of meeting JC kept us overwhelmed throughout. I just gleamed with joy, when JC International team welcomed us at Beijing Airport & we flooded all the wishes for his Birthday.

Next few days had to be a blast meeting & greeting the biggest philanthropist, a loyal hero for many kids around the world & to enjoy a superb cultural remix:)

Same day evening saluted us with the most popular & loved singers as JC, COCO D & many more (from China, Korea, Singapore, Thailand) presenting@ International Peace Harmony Concert attended by thousands of fans across globe .Hardly did we understand the words (as none of the songs were in English) but that did not restrict us from applauding to the striking thunderous beats of the beautiful music & presentation.

The next day, post having a lovely city trip, we arrived@ Marriott, with lovely arrangements for the FAN gathering, first Luncheon followed by the most awaited Party. Some 500-600 odd people had gathered in a big hall lit with beautiful chandeliers. It was hardly 15 minutes for Jackie to arrive & the mad fan began cheering & hooting… Chanting ,JC..JC…JC …we love you !! Such was an aura; yes after all we had a chance to meet Jackie Chan.

5-4-3-2-1 & yes JC was there very much, with such a humongous aura, awe –stricken, madly standing & dancing to catch a glimpse of him, & equally stunned to see him in “Tears” on the applause of his fans. A perfect memorabilia, well deserving & admired personality was there to enjoy the evening with his beloved fans.

It took some next 10-12 min for all of us to settle on the seats ,with the program welcoming a wonderful AV ,30 –min named as “secrets of JC” –describing him & reflecting his activities ,as a person ,as a professional from a small Kid to a star (spreading across various social messages),to social worker (of kids across the world) .

His Welcoming:)

I can definitely assure that anyone in the mass could have fallen prey to his love there & then. There was no thought, as to why this individual attracted so many all over the world, not just with his stardom, but with his noble deeds as well. So much of Fun, freak, laughter, and emotions built in!!Astounded & crazy for JC.

This was a perfect day with over smiling faces & happiness spreading across.

Guys, just to share as to why he is #madeofgreat, why he has mad crowd following him. Forget him as the most passionate actor or a stunt-man, just overlook his incredible martial arts displayed, but observe & fall in love with his “Charity, his love towards “Unwanted & poor little wonders being brought up around the world”. He is just as amazing in charity as leaping from a moving train. His regret towards lacking formal education & passion towards society made him give a formal way to charity- “The Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation”, & The Dragon’s Heart Foundation which offers not just scholarships but also provides medical assistance ,raises awareness on diseases as AIDS ,Influenza & many others ,helps in natural disasters .Dragon’s heart builds school & helps children & even elderly people in need!

In his own words “When I was a child, I was very poor and wanted everything. So when I got money I began buying things. Now I want to give away everything. When I give somebody something and see their face, it just makes me so happy.”

His daily work in just a pair of jeans or pants ,without much hullabaloo around, he has become a role model not just for me but numerous lives ,for little wonders who deserve to live a life of dignity ,who deserve to study ,who deserve to move apart from poverty! Such is Mr. Chang’s name, such is his work, that world salutes him!

Yes, he was an inspiration to me & this visit turned to be a game changer in my life..EARN JUST TO SPEND ON OURSELVES?? Isn’t it what we all do? Or sometimes give penny to the roadside beggars or donate in a temple? But, is that the motive with what GOD has sent us? With millions of kids struggling for a pair of clothes on their body, is this enough what we are doing for them? Well, these questions have banged hard in my body & soul .Post looking at the work of Mr. Chan & relating it to his life, I actually felt embarrassed to find my “ZERO CONTRIBUTION” & yes this was a turning moment of my life.

Assuring my soul ,pledging my heart ,I intend to contribute to my society ,with a set goal in next 2 years ,with a group of youth’s ,I swear to start small but significant contributions & work for these little joys ,I pledge to see “SMILE” on their innocent faces ,I “SWEAR” to begin the change by educating in small lots ! Hand in hand we all can make our “Bharat Mahaan”!!

As rightly said “ What drives us from within is what makes us great”, Similar is the trust , loyalty which Tata Brand has entrusted since ages amongst Indians & here comes the most reliable #madeofgreat , Lionel Messi ,Brand Ambassador of Tata Motors http://madeofgreat.tatamotors.com/

So readers ,just let us know “What do you think of Tata Motors association with Lionel Messi “? Your views matter ,so leave a comment & you might win an Exciting GIFT VOUCHER  .

Ending the note with Thanks ,She She!! :)

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Love u JC!

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Kelly Clarkson Is Returning To 'American Idol'

american idol - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 19:05

Kelly Clarkson is returning to her "American Idol" roots. 
The star, who launched her successful pop career after winning the first season ...

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David Hinckley: Not Everyone at American Idol Thinks Pulling the Plug Was the Right Vote

american idol - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 02:34
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Ip Man 3: The 10 most insane moments in martial arts movies

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Mike Tyson might be the ‘world’s most dangerous man’, but a fiver says he’s in for a shock when he takes on Donnie Yen in Ip Man 3 (out today).

Yen, who reprises his role as Yip Man, the real-life Wing Chun grandmaster and mentor of Bruce Lee, is one of the  biggest martial arts stars on the planet – and the man behind some of the most insane moments in Asian cinema.

With Tyson on bad guy duties for Ip Man 3, we thought we’d give him an idea of what happens when you step into the world of martial arts cinema – with a collection of the craziest and most bone-snappingly bonkers moments ever.

New Police Story – ‘Jackie On The Buses’

The Story: A disgraced (in other words, drunken) police inspector teams up with a younger officer to avenge the deaths of his old team. Cue this bit of utterly ludicrous bus hopping.

The Star: Jackie Chan, the undisputed king of the jaw-dropping martial arts stunt. Also the proud owner of about a million broken bones to prove it.

Don’t Try This At Home: We all get frustrated during rush hour, but this would create more problems than it would solve.

Ip Man – ‘Ip Takes On Ten’

The Story: In the first cinematic outing for Ip Man series, the titular grandmaster defends the honour of China against Japanese invaders – even if that means taking on ten certified black belts in a blindingly frenetic punch-up.

The Star: Our man Donnie Yen, Hong Kong’s number one action man and all-round legend.

Don’t Try This At Home: Picking a fight with one sozzled bloke outside the pub is bad enough, let alone ten actual black belts. Madness.

The Raid – ‘The Brothers Vs Mad Dog’

The Story: Fighting his way out an apartment block packed with dangerous criminals, hero cop Rama he bumps into his estranged brother – leading to a siblings Vs henchman smackdown for the ages.

The Star: ‘Pencak Silat’ expert Iko Uwais is the main man, though co-stars Donny Alamsyah (as brother Andi) and Yayan Ruhian (Mad dog) deserve a judo-chopping hand too.

Don’t Try This At Home: Any one called ‘Mad Dog’ should probably be left alone. Plus the racket’s bound to annoy the people in the flat downstairs.

The Raid 2 – ‘The Curly Knife Massacre’

The Story: Clearly not battered and bruised enough (see above), Rama goes undercover to infiltrate a criminal gang, building to his kitchen slice ‘n’ dice with a knife you definitely won’t find in the Jamie Oliver range.

The Star: Iko Uwais absolutely kills it again (literally) proving himself to be this generation’s top martial arts attraction.

Don’t Try This At Home: No playing with knives, no practicing your high-kicks kitchen. That’s just health and safety 101, that is.

Who Am I? – ‘The Skyscraper Drop’

The Story: A covert operative gets amnesia after a bonk on the head and tries to recover his memory as any reasonable human being would – by getting into loads of fights and jumping down a 21-story building.

The Star: It’s Jackie Chan again, of course. Who else would do something this bonkers without a safety harness?

Don’t Try This At Home: Unless the elevator’s our of service and you REALLY need to get somewhere.

Kill Bill – ‘The Bride Vs The Crazy 88’

The Story: The Bride AKA Beatrix Kiddo goes on a revenge mission to kill, erm, Bill and his band of assassins. If only she can singlehandedly duff up this lot first…

The Star: Uma Thurman. Not usually known for her mad-skills martial arts skills, but clearly not to be messed with.

Don’t Try This At Home: Never mind taking on 88 double-hard nutcases, trying to squeeze into that tracksuit would be a battle of its own.

Ong Bak – ‘The Double Knee Drop’

The Story: Skilled fighter Ting travels to Bangkok to retrieve a stolen Buddha statue. The climatic fight ends with Ting dropping his knees onto the lead henchman so hard he takes out the floorboards too.

The Star: Breakout Muay Thai expert Tony Jaa. His fight scenes are something else – you feel every one of those blows.

Don’t Try This At Home: Unless you want properly sore knees, of course. Stick to WWE-style elbow drops. Much less hazardous.

Fong Sai-Yuk II – ‘Blindfolded Alleyway of Death’

The Story: Chinese folk hero Fong Sai-Yuk enters a tournament to defeat the baddie and restore the Ming Dynasty. Though not before taking on an alleyway-full of villains, which he decides to do blindfolded. How else?

The Star: Jet Li, one the top martial arts stars ever, demonstrated here with his phenomenal swordplay and twinkled-toed fighting skills.

Don’t Try This At Home: If you can get more that ten yards without bumping into the wall, then fair play to you. Otherwise, leave it to the experts.

Iron Monkey – ‘The Fire Fight’

The Story: Wong Kei-Ying (also a bit of a Chinese folk hero – they’re clearly all bad-asses) teams with the masked Iron Monkey to battle an evil Shaolin monk. On top of some poles with a load of fire underneath. Seriously.

The Star: It’s a much-younger Donnie Yen, just after he broke out as a big-name martial arts performer.

Don’t Try This At Home: If you’re sure why this is a bad idea then you probably shouldn’t be allowed on the internet – or to go outside. Ever.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – ‘Battle For Green Destiny’

The Story: As various factions fight for possession of the ‘Green Destiny’ blade (plus the usual stuff – honour, love, who’s the hardest etc), two female warriors clash in a lightning-quick, awesomely-epic sword fight.

The Stars: Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi, who showed the fellas how it was done in this hugely successful movie.

Don’t Try This At Home: Because you’ll have someone’s eye out. And for real this time.

Ip Man 3 is in cinemas Friday 15 January

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Ip Man 3: The 10 most insane moments in martial arts movies

Jet Li Collection - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 16:17
 YouTube)

(Picture: YouTube)

Mike Tyson might be the ‘world’s most dangerous man’, but a fiver says he’s in for a shock when he takes on Donnie Yen in Ip Man 3 (out today).

Yen, who reprises his role as Yip Man, the real-life Wing Chun grandmaster and mentor of Bruce Lee, is one of the  biggest martial arts stars on the planet – and the man behind some of the most insane moments in Asian cinema.

With Tyson on bad guy duties for Ip Man 3, we thought we’d give him an idea of what happens when you step into the world of martial arts cinema – with a collection of the craziest and most bone-snappingly bonkers moments ever.

New Police Story – ‘Jackie On The Buses’

The Story: A disgraced (in other words, drunken) police inspector teams up with a younger officer to avenge the deaths of his old team. Cue this bit of utterly ludicrous bus hopping.

The Star: Jackie Chan, the undisputed king of the jaw-dropping martial arts stunt. Also the proud owner of about a million broken bones to prove it.

Don’t Try This At Home: We all get frustrated during rush hour, but this would create more problems than it would solve.

Ip Man – ‘Ip Takes On Ten’

The Story: In the first cinematic outing for Ip Man series, the titular grandmaster defends the honour of China against Japanese invaders – even if that means taking on ten certified black belts in a blindingly frenetic punch-up.

The Star: Our man Donnie Yen, Hong Kong’s number one action man and all-round legend.

Don’t Try This At Home: Picking a fight with one sozzled bloke outside the pub is bad enough, let alone ten actual black belts. Madness.

The Raid – ‘The Brothers Vs Mad Dog’

The Story: Fighting his way out an apartment block packed with dangerous criminals, hero cop Rama he bumps into his estranged brother – leading to a siblings Vs henchman smackdown for the ages.

The Star: ‘Pencak Silat’ expert Iko Uwais is the main man, though co-stars Donny Alamsyah (as brother Andi) and Yayan Ruhian (Mad dog) deserve a judo-chopping hand too.

Don’t Try This At Home: Any one called ‘Mad Dog’ should probably be left alone. Plus the racket’s bound to annoy the people in the flat downstairs.

The Raid 2 – ‘The Curly Knife Massacre’

The Story: Clearly not battered and bruised enough (see above), Rama goes undercover to infiltrate a criminal gang, building to his kitchen slice ‘n’ dice with a knife you definitely won’t find in the Jamie Oliver range.

The Star: Iko Uwais absolutely kills it again (literally) proving himself to be this generation’s top martial arts attraction.

Don’t Try This At Home: No playing with knives, no practicing your high-kicks kitchen. That’s just health and safety 101, that is.

Who Am I? – ‘The Skyscraper Drop’

The Story: A covert operative gets amnesia after a bonk on the head and tries to recover his memory as any reasonable human being would – by getting into loads of fights and jumping down a 21-story building.

The Star: It’s Jackie Chan again, of course. Who else would do something this bonkers without a safety harness?

Don’t Try This At Home: Unless the elevator’s our of service and you REALLY need to get somewhere.

Kill Bill – ‘The Bride Vs The Crazy 88’

The Story: The Bride AKA Beatrix Kiddo goes on a revenge mission to kill, erm, Bill and his band of assassins. If only she can singlehandedly duff up this lot first…

The Star: Uma Thurman. Not usually known for her mad-skills martial arts skills, but clearly not to be messed with.

Don’t Try This At Home: Never mind taking on 88 double-hard nutcases, trying to squeeze into that tracksuit would be a battle of its own.

Ong Bak – ‘The Double Knee Drop’

The Story: Skilled fighter Ting travels to Bangkok to retrieve a stolen Buddha statue. The climatic fight ends with Ting dropping his knees onto the lead henchman so hard he takes out the floorboards too.

The Star: Breakout Muay Thai expert Tony Jaa. His fight scenes are something else – you feel every one of those blows.

Don’t Try This At Home: Unless you want properly sore knees, of course. Stick to WWE-style elbow drops. Much less hazardous.

Fong Sai-Yuk II – ‘Blindfolded Alleyway of Death’

The Story: Chinese folk hero Fong Sai-Yuk enters a tournament to defeat the baddie and restore the Ming Dynasty. Though not before taking on an alleyway-full of villains, which he decides to do blindfolded. How else?

The Star: Jet Li, one the top martial arts stars ever, demonstrated here with his phenomenal swordplay and twinkled-toed fighting skills.

Don’t Try This At Home: If you can get more that ten yards without bumping into the wall, then fair play to you. Otherwise, leave it to the experts.

Iron Monkey – ‘The Fire Fight’

The Story: Wong Kei-Ying (also a bit of a Chinese folk hero – they’re clearly all bad-asses) teams with the masked Iron Monkey to battle an evil Shaolin monk. On top of some poles with a load of fire underneath. Seriously.

The Star: It’s a much-younger Donnie Yen, just after he broke out as a big-name martial arts performer.

Don’t Try This At Home: If you’re sure why this is a bad idea then you probably shouldn’t be allowed on the internet – or to go outside. Ever.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – ‘Battle For Green Destiny’

The Story: As various factions fight for possession of the ‘Green Destiny’ blade (plus the usual stuff – honour, love, who’s the hardest etc), two female warriors clash in a lightning-quick, awesomely-epic sword fight.

The Stars: Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi, who showed the fellas how it was done in this hugely successful movie.

Don’t Try This At Home: Because you’ll have someone’s eye out. And for real this time.

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Film Rewind: Project A (1983)

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Ever since I was a kid, I loved Jackie Chan movies. They were entertaining, funny, and the stunts were always something to marvel at. The martial arts genre is often filled with either sports cliches or movies that try to be more on the serious side, but Chan turned it sideways into something that both amazed audiences and made them laugh.

Chan plays Sergeant Dragon Ma of the Hong Kong Navy (I’m not really sure how the translations work here because I know Sergeant isn’t a Naval rank so bear with me). Our scene is 1930s Hong Kong during British rule. Organized crime runs the streets and pirates control the waters. After a devastating blow is dealt to the Navy, Dragon finds that the corruption within the force is more than he can bear and teams up with various characters on both sides of the law to try and restore the peace.

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Chan has a newsboy cap on, things are about to get serious.

Story wise, it’s a pretty straightforward set up; but, the script is well written and we do some get witty exchanges as Dragon adapts to various scenarios as necessary. A number of American Jackie Chan movies depict him as a bumbling fish out of water, so it’s refreshing to see his character display street smarts and that 90% of the humor isn’t just based around him not being familiar with a culture or setting. Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao provide more than ample support as Fats and Inspector Hong, a thief and a policeman, who aid Dragon and give him a good cast to work off of. Fats enables Dragon to show a more serious and disciplined side, but Dragon still comes off as more reckless and rebellious when paired with Inspector Hong.

rice

I mean how serious can you be while eating rice?

Now the thing I was most looking forward to was the choreography. Chan movies are impressive in two different ways: the scenes that depict pure martial arts, and the scenes that are stunt heavy but still require acrobatics and an extreme level of physical ability. The thing is, all the scenes are choreographed well but the bigger they get the more insane they become and not in a good way. Chan, Hung, and Biao are clearly giving it their all but a number of the background performers seem to be moving with little or no direction and it makes the scenes feel less put together. The camera focuses on the central characters and their stunts (as it should), but when extras are simply waving around chairs and look like they’re trying not to get too hurt it takes away from a movie where the headlining actor performs such dangerous stunts that no insurance company will cover him.

That being said, the choreography is still well put together and we see traditional martial arts in addition to Chan’s trademark unusual stunts. The man is running on walls, flipping every five seconds, and even manages to somehow combine kung fu with bike riding.

bike

I don’t know why kung fu cycling isn’t a professional sport yet, but this needs to happen.

The film’s biggest weak spot here is the editing. There are cuts that are too quick, at least one or two scenes two takes from the same position are obviously edited together, and background noise that shouldn’t exist such as metallic clanging when swords have yet to be drawn. I don’t know how much of that is the fault of the original production studio, and how much of that is the fault of the studio that oversaw the American release of the film. It won’t bother casual movie-goers too much but it’s something that people who pay attention to detail will catch.

The biggest issue for me with the editing however, was the slow motion. Slow motion is a great tool when used responsibly but during several climactic scenes we get multiple slow motion shots for explosions, people getting knocked out, and even someone thrown down a flight of stairs. The first time it gets used emphasizes the peril Dragon is in and the danger he is facing, but continual use turns it into little more than a gimmick by its last use (which arguably would have been the best point in the movie to use it).

All in all, it’s still a fun film to watch and definitely put it on the list of a Jackie Chan film night.

Final Verdict: Not Chan’s greatest film, but that’s less of an insult to this film and more of a compliment to his career.

Final Score: 7/10

I’m done here. My brain hurts.

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