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10 must have Kung Fu DVD's

jackiechan compiled - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 04:07

10 must have Kung Fu DVD’s

Fatal Needles vs. Fatal Fists

 

 

 

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Challenge of Death

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Along Comes the Tiger

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 Kung Fu

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LEGEND OF A FIGHTER

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Shaolin Vs Lama

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Showdown at the Cotton Mill

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The Face Behind the Mask

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Invincible Obsessed Fighter

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10 must have Kung Fu DVD's

jackiechan compiled - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 04:07

Fatal Needles vs. Fatal Fists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

Challenge of Death

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

Along Comes the Tiger

Click here to purchase on Amazon.com

 Kung Fu

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

LEGEND OF A FIGHTER

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

Shaolin Vs Lama

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

Showdown at the Cotton Mill

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

The Face Behind the Mask

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

Invincible Obsessed Fighter

Click here to purchase from Amazon.com

 

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Can you understand the words coming out

jackiechan compiled - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 01:31

Can you understand the words coming out of my mouth?

Movieweb.com reports that CBS has committed to a pilot episode of the Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker trilogy…

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Can you understand the words coming out of my mouth?

jackiechan compiled - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 01:30

Movieweb.com reports that CBS has committed to a pilot episode of the Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker trilogy Rush Hour. Although it won’t feature Chan and Tucker it will reprise younger versions of their characters and will feature both martial arts action and  the comedy that made it a huge success. Read more about Rush Hour TV series here.

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(image by mmaactioncinema.com)

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Yuen Biao joins Twitter! Hong Kong fan

jackiechan compiled - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 22:34

Yuen Biao joins Twitter!

Hong Kong fan favorite and movie legend Yuen Biao joins Twitter! Be sure to follow Yuen Biao and catch up with what’s going on in the world of one of the most prolific performers in Hong Kong movie history.

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Facts or Something Like Them

jackiechan compiled - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 07:15

Things I’ve learned this week:

My office plants are completely dependent on the kindness of strangers. My desk mate started a new position this year and today I finally noticed them, withered, half-dead, and huddled in a corner by the printer.

This tiny house may have more counter space than my regular-apartment kitchen.

Jackie Chan is the man:

Fries should come with Feta more often. And I should got to Spitz more often.

Radio play for the Hunger Games hanging tree song [ The Rebel Remix ] may outlast my new years resolutions, yet I still don’t get why it was brought to us as a radio chart topper in the first place [What would make this song about death, loss, and sacrifice better? A KEWL DANCE BEAT!]. Here is an analysis of the song in case those last two sentences just seemed like gibberish. 

Currently: trying to not make every blog a borderline essay. Short is good too, right?

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Jackie Chan’s Police Story (1985)

jackiechan compiled - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 01:32

Jackie Chan’s Police Story (1985) is heralded by many as the dawn of a new era in Hong Kong action movie fight scenes. The emphasis on shapes were not evident in this movie and the fighting style was more a kickboxing type style with incredible stunts and more realistic type reactions. As a co-action director on this film Fung Hak On needs to be mentioned (alongside Jackie and Sammo Hung,among others) as a person that helped shaped what was a new beginning for Hong Kong action cinema. Check out this great clip from Police Storyand it is, in my opinion, one of the top 5 fight scenes from any era in any movie industry location (Hollywood, HK, Indonesia, etc). 

(Source: https://www.youtube.com/)
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One of my favorite movies growing up

jackiechan compiled - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 01:32

One of my favorite movies growing up was The Lama Avenger starring Ho Chung Tao (Bruce Li) Chin Yuet Sang, and the always formidable Lee Hoi San. The great and sometimes brutal action in this film was choreographed by co-star Chin Yuet Sang. It is an interesting mix of the 70’s “street-style” of kung fu and some traditional kung fu as well. Chin brings his immense talents and stages fights that captivate the audience. One of Ho Chung Tao’a best films in terms of fight scenes.

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Fung Hak On brings his considerable

jackiechan compiled - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 20:31

Fung Hak On brings his considerable skill set to The South Shaolin Master part II. Fung has been an action director on over 40 films and is one of the most recognizable names in Hong Kong Action Cinema. 

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Behind Rope A Dope 2 - The Production Diary

jackiechan compiled - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 02:22

Written by Eric Jacobus, star, writer, co-director, and editor of the Rope A Dope series.

On January 12, 2015, we released Rope A Dope 2 to the world to commemorate 14 years of The Stunt People. Be sure to check it out below. I promise you’ll enjoy it.

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RAD2 comes after almost a year of development, writing, production, editing, reshoots, more editing, more reshoots, a LOT more editing, test screenings, and press blasts. 2014 was an absolutely mental year because, aside from doing Beard Off, getting married, and attending to other important matters, the year was almost solely dedicated to making this 18-minute short film. It feels like a blur and all the knocks to the head seem to have made my memory a bit fuzzy, but thanks to my patented Trusty Dusty Analog TimeKeeper System® I can dig into the ether and put together a little production diary for everyone who wants to get a behind-the-scenes view at how this action-adventure-comedy-martial arts film came together.

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Eric’s patented Trusty Dusty Analog TimeKeeper System® grants us the magical ability to reverse time all the way back to prehistoric 2006!

It all started with Rope A Dope 1 (please watch it if you haven’t here, all this nonsense will be slightly less nonsensical after a solitary viewing). RAD1 was produced by veteran stuntman and Olympic Taekwondo champ Clayton Barber, whose long list of credits spans from Robin’s stuntman in Batman & Robin in the 90s to acting as stunt coordinator for You’re Next and The Guest, and recently he’s been head of action in the latest entry in the Rocky Balboa franchise Creed. It made sense for me and Clayton to create the Rope A Dope series because we’re action guys making action. That’s the philosophy I’ve always followed and I intend to take it to my grave.

Clayton had received a script that involved the Groundhog Day “guy restarts his day” concept mixed with an action film, except it was a bit muddled, so he came to me and said, “Eric, why don’t we make a Groundhog Day martial arts movie?” The concept was brilliant. I wrote a script based on “Guy gets knocked out, day starts over” in two weeks, Pete Lee co-directed it with me, and it was a hit.

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Eric showing Rope A Dope 1 at Ric Meyers’ Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza in 2013 and 2014

Since I wrote villain and long-time Stunt People collaborator Dennis Ruel waking up at the end of RAD1 having the same abilities as The Dope, a sequel was inevitable. I had it in my head how this would work, but explaining it on paper was a challenge all in itself. The script took a month or so, which Clayton, Pete Lee, and I batted back and forth. Pete said the film needed to be about more than just revenge, so he came up with the awards ceremony idea, which served as the McGuffin. I also wanted to write as many gags as possible into the end fight. Much as audiences enjoyed the finale in Rope A Dope 1, they always seemed to want to laugh during the final action set piece, but never really got the satisfaction.

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Clayton and I, along with the whole stunt group, teamed up with Pete’s company We Are Scandinavia based in Emeryville and brought on several key personnel including Drew Daniels as DP. We had to film our first scene in May, which was a training scene featuring the boxing coach and his sons from RAD1. They were leaving town until August, so even though we weren’t ready to film anything else until July, we needed to get their stuff out of the way first. That created a predicament I’ll get into later.

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For the next two months we prepped for a 4-day stretch where we’d bang out 95% of the rest of the film. All the props, art, casting, and locations needed to be sorted out, so we brought on local line producer Vicki De Mey to handle the nitty gritty while Clayton dealt with the business end and Pete and I prepped our shot lists.

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I also took to the gym to pre-viz both the montage fight scenes and the final fight. This was a step we didn’t take in RAD1 and it cost us a lot of time. This time we also had 9 “loops” to film versus 6 in the original, so we opted to do single-take long shots for each day of fighting. We used maybe 30% of the pre-vizzed choreography, but the important stuff, like which weapons were to be used and what tone we wanted to strike, largely stayed the same. The finale pre-viz was the same.

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July 10th came around and we began filming in the Victory Warehouse, the same warehouse that we used in Death Grip. Clayton Barber and Freddie Poole flew in from Texas to oversee the shoot. We had production designer Margaux Rust watch Rumble in the Bronx and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the original film) to get inspiration as to how to decorate the set. We plugged in the arcade cabinets, hung some tarps, and Drew lit the hell out of the place and we had our “Bad Guys’ Lair”. The first day was dedicated solely to getting all the non-action Lair shots out of the way. This was also the only day we had Ken Quitugua, who played “Kimo” the gang leader. Margaux was also tasked with re-creating Den’s room from RAD1 in the back room of Victory. She nailed it.

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Filming was complicated by the fact that so many “loops” had to be covered, and “Den”‘s loops were odd-numbered. This was all clear in my head because I had spent months developing the script, but everyone else would get lost. So I’d say “We’re on day 3″ but nobody knew whether it was Den’s day 3 or Dope’s day 3 or the MOVIE’s day 3… it was a mess. So we created a chain of command – I kept the numbers straight and outlined the motivations (“Den, it’s the second loop, prep for the kick this time” or “Den, it’s the fifth loop, be cocky”). This way Drew could focus on his camerawork and Pete could focus on directing.

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Day 2 was “the end fight.” It might sound crazy, but at first we shot the entire end fight in a single day, with a different finale between me and Dennis. Dennis couldn’t arrive until 4pm, which gave us about 8 hours to get through everything up to his fight. Shaun did his fall through the table, Eric Nguyen bounced me off the corner three times, and we went into the back room to do the pan fight.

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The pan fight was the most painful part of the shoot, and you’d never know it from the final cut because all the painful stuff was cut out. There’s a scene where I hold the pan over my head and they start smashing their sticks on top of it, trying to get through. Tiger Claw lent us a bunch of weapons for this shoot, and I gave the guys various sticks and whatnot, and sometimes one would sneak through and hit my face, or my head or my knuckle. The Dope goes through a dizzy spell like in RAD1 where he hears ringing in his head and almost wakes up, but it’s an egg timer that’s ringing. I back everyone away and smash the egg timer and return back to normal. Sounds funnier than it was. You cut stuff like that.

People ask me how I still managed to flip the egg at the end of the pan fight. Call it movie magic. Pete created the bottle gag on the fly, which we wrestled with in the editing room but ultimately kept because audience responses were always so positive. Throwing the pool ball to the back of Thomas’s head required about 30 takes. During lunch, Ed Kahana and I threw together three sets of choreography for the pool cue fight, and I thought it’d be funny if chalk were still on the tip of the stick and that’s how I beat him. We tried to use real chalk but we couldn’t get it to stay on the top of the cue, so we uttered the four bad words of indie filmmaking – “Fix it in post.” Fortunately VFX artist Alan Cecil did it perfectly.

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We looked at the clock and realized we only had 90 minutes to shoot this entire fight with Dennis in the boxing ring. We fell back on a pre-viz video we had shot a few weeks earlier, rushed through it, and finished before a band came in and took over the space. We walked away feeling we hadn’t accomplished what we wanted, but we had managed to shoot a 6-minute action scene in one day.

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Day 3 was all of the alleyway scenes, which took place in West Oakland. Most of the day comprised of “loops” 1-5, which were more complex setups involving closeups, dolly shots, and all that. It got hot too, which is why I take off my jacket on Day 6 when I have the golf club. This was actually the time when we decided to do single takes for the fight scenes to give them a more video game-like feel. Plus it was the only way we’d finish on time. The weapons we had were real too, because as indie filmmakers we thrive on authenticity (lies – we couldn’t afford prop weapons), and it turns out that pulling hits so they looked real without clocking anyone in the face with a metal golf club or a frying pan is really hard. This was also a time when we could experiment with the weapons since we hadn’t filmed all of the montage yet, and based on which weapons we chose we could sculpt the rest of the unshot scenes around those. This became key later on.

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We also shot a fight using an umbrella, which broke, so we couldn’t use all the footage. You’re not missing much though, since that choreography became the pan choreography. By then my forearm was shot and I could barely hold the pan straight, let alone pull hits. We did about 20 takes of the final bit when the pan drops on my head, which meant 20 welts on my head on top of whatever head trauma I had gotten the previous day. And the day didn’t end there – Jaunt came by with an Oculus 3D camera and filmed a short 360 degree fight scene with us as the sun set. Hopefully Oculus owners will be able to see it some day.

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Day 4 was the last day of a harrowing 4-day stretch of filming, and it was the easiest. This was the day when the Dope wakes up, the Skateboarder knocks him down (played by my cousin Danny DeGregorio who we realized mid-day could skate and therefore do justice to the character, and my wife provided his helmet), and the town celebration committee, headed by the Mayor played by Boots Riley (creator of Magic Clap from RAD1), waits in anticipation for the Dope’s arrival. We shot in Boots’ house again, just like in RAD1, and filmed 8 “loops” of the Dope waking up, some of which we didn’t even use in the final cut. We did one where the newspaper hits a fake version of the Dope, which is revealed as an Escape from Alcatraz gag, the Dope beats up the newspaper and runs out half-naked again like in RAD1, but it never quite played right. So we cut that too.

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We did our skateboard gag, and normally being a terrible aim I nailed Danny upside the head with the newspaper on take #2. Also in this scene, I’m wearing solid black slacks which magically become blue and black workout pants in the next scene. Movie magic! The awards ceremony was shot at the library park in Oakland. I came up with an alternate opening to the film where the Dope dreams of the awards ceremony, only to be slapped by Mayor Boots with a newspaper, waking the Dope up as he’s beaned in the head with the newspaper flying through the window. It was cute, but ultimately too confusing in the edit. Viewers didn’t know if it was real or not, which was understandable given the context of the Rope A Dope universe. Finishing up here meant most of the film was wrapped, and all we had to do was shoot the second half of the Dope’s training montage… or so we thought.

 

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We took a much-needed break from the intense 4-day shoot. I did a rough assembly of the film, and everything was good except for two things – the end fight in the ring wasn’t good enough, and the training montage we had shot with Jacob, Josh, and Sergio 2 months earlier had a major continuity error – my hair. Look at it, it’s like HALF the length it was in the other scenes! I looked nothing like the Dope I played through the rest of the movie, so that needed to be re-shot. This seemed like a blessing in disguise, since the training footage just wasn’t as good as we wanted and didn’t really relate to the action we had already shot anyway.

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We regrouped on August 21st for Day 5 of shooting, which would prove to be something of a fateful day in Stunt People history. The plan was to spent the first half of the day in front of Boots’ house in Oakland, the same exterior as in RAD1, shooting the training montage with the weapons master, a bag lady played by veteran Chinese Wushu teacher Xena Xu, and then head to Treasure Island to reshoot the training scene with the Munoz family. The shoot was going swimmingly, with 12 of us taking up the street in front of Boots’ place. All of a sudden, two 20-somethings wearing hoodies and blue jeans walked straight through our shoot, obviously up to no good. We tried to placate them with some free food from our craft services, and they accepted it, but they kept coming back to ask what we were filming. I tried to coax them away from our shoot, and it worked for a little while. Then about 3 hours into the shoot, I heard one of them say, “Don’t move.” I turned around and he was aiming a pistol at me. I did what any good martial artist would do – I did nothing. The other guy ran in, grabbed the $60,000 Red camera and tripod, and they ran off down the street. The whole ordeal was over in 5 seconds, maybe even less. The police took our statements but there was no way we were getting that camera back. The day was a wash, we all felt like crap. There was nothing we could do. Everyone on Facebook was very supportive, which is what we needed.

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We didn’t let a little thing like that stop us, though. On September 16th, Day 6, we picked up shooting again on Treasure Island, CA, this time with Christopher Villa, a professional weapons choreographer out of Santa Cruz, as our training master. We brought Stunt People member Jamerson Johnson for security, which we ended up really needing. Just like Oakland, there were people driving around Treasure Island casing the place for equipment they could steal. Turns out this is a pretty popular thing for thugs to do. A car pulled up and watched us while we filmed, and JJ stood guard while we hurried through the scene. We ended up utilizing a lot of the gags from the end fight that we had already shot, like the “samurai” pan hit on Jason’s face and the “cloud sweep” with the broom that I do in the alley. That’s how good montages are made anyway – film your end fight first with plenty of gags that seem to come out of nowhere, and then shoot your montage so the gags pay off. We left the waterfront and filmed some training footage with the Munoz family for 90 minutes before it got too dark, and called it a day.

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With all the training footage shot, we assembled an edit and, following Clayton’s demands to bump up the pace of the action, decided to re-shoot the finale in the boxing ring with Dennis. He and I got together with Pete Lee for two nights at our gym and rehearsed our fight scene, prepped Victory Warehouse, and we were ready to shoot this bad boy.

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We filmed the final fight scene on October 13, Day 7. Clayton and Freddie flew in again to supervise the action. As Drew and Margaux were prepping Victory Warehouse, returning it to its previous state, Dennis and I warmed up in the back, when Dennis felt something pull in his leg. When we did a nod to No Retreat No Surrender by having him do the splits on the ropes, he felt it pull even more, and when he started kicking and it was giving him a lot of pain, we knew it was bad, but Dennis toughed it out and you’d never know how bad it was by looking at the performance he pulled off. We spent about 10 hours in the ring re-shooting the entire end fight, and the final product speaks for itself.

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Editing Rope A Dope 2 was a major effort. We went through about 20 drafts of the thing, starting from a 25 minute cut with an extra “loop” and extended gags to the trimmed down 16 minutes + credits version that we eventually released. Pete and I screened the film to multiple audiences and took notes on which jokes worked and which didn’t. Clayton passed it off to multiple established comedians, writers, producers and stuntmen for feedback. We took every note to heart.

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We made some painful decisions, one of them being cutting the Munoz family from the edit, and a lot of gags were discarded as I listed earlier. Coloring, sound, and visual effects (mostly removing dirt and fibers from the footage from Treasure Island) took up the majority of December’s post production timeline. We sent Rope A Dope 1 to multiple festivals before posting it on YouTube, but we decided that you, the audience, should see Rope A Dope 2 first.

Thanks for all the support. I’m so stoked for what’s going to come from this. More updates as I get them. Until then…

Stay Dope!!
Eric

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It has to be cool to appear in front of

jackiechan compiled - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 01:32

It has to be cool to appear in front of the camera in a fight scene you have choreographed. That’s what Hong Kong movie legend Fung Hak On does in this clip from John Woo’s Last Hurrah for Chivalry. He crosses swords with one of the Venom Mob Wei Pak in this gripping fight scene. 

(Source: https://www.youtube.com/)
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Wilson Tong vs Fung Hak On in a

jackiechan compiled - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 20:31

Wilson Tong vs Fung Hak On in a spectacular fight from Snake Deadly Act directed and choreographed by Tong. These two fight scene veterans bring the intensity and the shapes that are hallmarks of their respective works. Watch and enjoy!

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Saturday Showdown

jackiechan compiled - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 18:57

 

Saturday Showdown

Welcome to Saturday Showdown! Each Saturday Film Fan Dojo will showcase a different Kung Fu movie courtesy of the Wu-Tang Collection. Tune in each Saturday Showcase to see some of the best kung fu on the Net.  Film Fan Dojo does not own or assume to own any rights to these films.  These films provided courtesy of the Wu-Tang Collection.  

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JJCC Release MV for Comeback Track 'Fire'

jackiechan compiled - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 08:29

 

It’s out!

JJCC released the M/V for their brand new song Fire, and let me just say that it’s definitely more entertaining to listen to and watch; that is, compared to their first two singles.

Here’s what 1theK had to say:

A talented rookie group JJCC is ready to come back with the second digital single “Fire”. This group, with five members and five different colors, will definitely charm the listeners.

The title song “Fire” is a powerful dance number, often heard in clubs, with fierce synth and beats topped with JJCC’s macho vocals & rap. The title comes from the phrase, “The roof is on fire,” and the lyrics encourage everyone to become passionate and burn away the night.

Check out the M/V below:

 

My thoughts? It’s funky and fun, but in my opinion it’s not what I would call ‘fresh’. Don’t get me wrong, I totally like it, but a lot of it feels familiar. It’s sort of like an old friend wrapped in new packaging! ^^

That being said…what do you think?! I wanna know! Share your comments below! You can also chat with me on twitter @fangurl_365 and on Facebook by clicking here!

 

Credit:
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The Greatest Mano a Mano Film Fight Ever

jackiechan compiled - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 20:30

It’s debate day on Trope and Dagger!  Today, Andy and I are debating the best all-time one-on-one fight scene from a movie!  To read Andy’s pick, go here: Incorrect Things.  Now, let me tell you why I’m right!

There are many things to consider when picking the best mano a mano fight in movie history.  Should I choose based on choreography?  The brutality of it?  The emotional impact the fight represents?  Perhaps the significance to the story?  If there are comedic elements, is that a negative or a positive?  Should I exclude fights with weapons in favor of only fisticuffs?  What about a jaeger vs. a kaiju, should that be included?  Oh man, so much to think about.

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12 year-old me would’ve picked it. And 29 year-old me almost did.

In the end, I decided that no one single factor can determine what makes a good one-on-one fight, and that as long as there are only two combatants, that anything’s fair game.  This includes characters who don’t actually exist.  So, for instance, I could choose the Yoda vs. Palpatine fight from Revenge of the Sith (Fuck no).  Or I could include the Sharptooth vs. Littlefoot’s Mom fight from The Land Before Time (Oh God, my tears).  Or, more realistically, the Po vs. Tai Lung fight from Kung Fu Panda (it was a real contender for me, it’s tremendously entertaining).

There were many that I considered for the greatest mano a mano fight in film history, including Rocky vs. Apollo Creed from Rocky, Indiana Jones vs. the German Mechanic from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Neo vs. Smith from the Matrix, and Dalton vs. Jimmy from Road House, but ultimately I decided on none of these, though they all are excellent in their own way.  No, the fight that I selected as the greatest one-on-one fight scene in a movie was Wong Fei-Hung (Jackie Chan) vs. John (Ken Lo) from The Legend of Drunken Master.

Spoiler Alert for The Legend of Drunken Master!

Note: This is part 2, because part 1 of the fight included another combatant.

I mean, just watching the scene should be enough to tell you why it’s the greatest one-on-one fight scene in film history, but if you need an explanation, I’m happy to oblige!

1. The combat.  The combat is, in my mind, the most important factor, and in this fight it is just top notch.  This is Jackie Chan at the peak of his form, still in top shape and reveling in his slapsticky style.  He fights with such a ridiculous speed that it seems like the camera has a hard time keeping up with him.  The flexibility and brutality that both he and Ken Lo exhibit is remarkable as they fly at each other, trading blows and just beating the hell out of one another.  Additionally, I love this scene because it showcases a style of martial arts that generally does not get much show, that of drunken boxing.  It’s an incredibly fun style to watch on screen, and Jackie Chan clearly has fun with it.

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He’s like me, but with less police involvement and more pants.

2. The use of space.  One thing I like about this scene is that it’s basically a cage match.  These two are in a small space, claustrophobic and contained, and it’s just the two of them going at it.  Some fights use vast areas and have the characters leap and bound from one spot to another (see: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon/Kung Fu Panda/The Man of Steel), but here it’s just two men savaging each other in a small area.  Thus, the fighting is the focus and where the scene excels.  Though, they still use the space masterfully.  You watch them move around the entire area and implement things around them as makeshift weapons.  This scene is of note, as well, because it’s one of the few times that another character uses the makeshift weapons and Jackie doesn’t use any.  The chair comes at him and he simply shatters it.  Not something you’d expect Jackie Chan to do.

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He’s a fun drunk.

3. The comedy.  Speaking of fun, this scene starts off with some laughs, Jackie having just ingested an insane amount of alcohol to fuel his fighting.  Burping and puking is all a sign of him being ready to kick some ass in this scene, and it’s pretty hilarious to watch him do so.  From its very first moments the fight is funny, as you expect them to immediately trade blows but instead Jackie runs face first into Ken, surprising him and forcing him backwards.  Then, even during the fight there are small moments like Jackie rolling Ken Lo’s head around in his arms, Jackie disorienting Ken with his footwork, and punching up through Ken’s vest, popping all the buttons off.  He even throws some three stooges style eye-poking fake out in there for good measure.  All at lightning quick speed and it’s spectacular to watch.  It’s hard to make a fight both brutal and silly, which is why Jackie Chan is a master of his craft.

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I love this scene.  I love this movie.  If you haven’t had to chance to watch it (and for some reason read this article anyways), I suggest you go do so now.  You will be blown away by the action and kung-fu in this film, all culminating in the greatest mano a mano fight in film history.  And if you’ve already seen it, go watch it again!  All the action in this movie is amazing and it’s a good reminder of how incredible Jackie Chan is and will always be.  Be sure to have a few drinks while you do, too, it’s only appropriate.

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Patent Litigation Down, Everyone Cheers! Turn Down For Whaaat??

jackiechan compiled - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 19:20

Like everyone else on the internet, I went there.  It’s the only non-Taylor Swift song I’ve downloaded all year and frankly, I stand unashamed to admit that.  She speaks to my late-teens, early 20’s angst like no other.

{Wait, did I type that out loud?}

There’s been a lot of talk about how “patent litigation is down and look here, …don’t you know that means the patent troll problem (that people have been saying doesn’t exist) is over like clover?”  But a) are the number of patent litigation suits really going down, and b) does it matter if they are and c) how can you people continue to say things like “Behold, the patent troll problem is a thing of the past!” and “There’s no such thing as a patent troll!” at the same time?

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What is wrong with you people?

 

Lex Machina came out with a report that patent litigation filings were down 40%.  To wit:

Plaintiffs filed 329 new federal patent cases in September 2014, a 40% decrease from the 549 cases filed in September 2013.

Dennis Crouch over at Patently-O and I AM reported the same thing, citing Lex’s numbers because why not?  A 40% reduction in patent filings sounds all nice-like.

But if we take a look at what Unified Patents says, they tell a different story:

The number of 2014 patent litigation filings approached 5000, the third highest count ever.  Patent suits have risen dramatically since 2010, disproportionately impacting some sectors and technologies.

Say whaaat?  If you go back and look at what Lex’s numbers are reporting, you see that they’re taking Sept 2013 filings compared to Sept 2014 filings and saying “Look y’all, that’s a 40% decrease!!”  If you understand The Mathematics at all (or have a calculator handy), you’ll see that using standard arithmetic, they’re correct.  But while it makes for a good headline that everyone and their uncle likes to repeat, is it giving the whole story?

Just because you have numbers and can graph them doesn’t make what you’re saying true.  If that were the case, then we need to all but insist that Miss America candidates be no more than about 12 years old, lest those hot-vapor murderers kill us all:

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The thing is, it doesn’t even matter.  Whole numbers are nice, but it doesn’t mean that patent trolls haven’t caused unknown damage to small business and large businesses alike.  We all know what ‘they’ say:  There’s lies, damn lies, and statistics.

As I pointed out on Twitter, it’s not so much the number of suits that’s problematic, it’s who sues who and what it costs to defend.  If there were only three patent troll lawsuits in a single year, but those lawsuits shut down three companies, if those three lawsuits cost hundreds of people their jobs because company owners were forced to deflect funds to lawyers (the only true winners in any litigation), would we be better or worse off?

You can work the numbers to reach any conclusion you want, but it won’t mean there isn’t a problem with rogue companies taking their “patent rights” to the extreme and abusing the system to beat down either the competition or the little guy, who are sometimes one and the same.

To quote one of my favorite Harrison Ford movies:

Sometimes I sing and dance around the house in my underwear. Doesn’t make me Madonna. Never will.

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IPTT

{Jackie Chan confusion image found here.  Spurious correlation graph found here.}

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Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)

jackiechan compiled - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 15:30
aka Se ying diu sau 2014 #98 Yuen Woo-ping | 92 mins | TV | 2.35:1 | Hong Kong / Cantonese | 18 / PG
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Chris Tucker: 'Yup, I'm Engaged, and I'm Good With IRS'

jackiechan compiled - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 09:01
Comedian Chris Tucker is coming to the Bayou Music Center, Sunday, January 18th. The actor/comedian
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Search term bingo! Everyone's a winner

jackiechan compiled - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 05:57
How did you get here exactly? Inspired by the hirsute Chuck Wendig, today’s post is Search Ter
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"Groundhog Day" meets Jackie Chan in the "Rope A Dope" short film series

jackiechan compiled - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 18:50
For those unfamiliar with the name Eric Jacobus, here’s a little bit about him. The California
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