Monday, September 19, 2016

Currently Watching 9.19.16



Lying Under Blue Sky to Play Bamboo Flute

First and foremost, I would like to let it be known that I am SUPER excited to be back and blogging for you awesome, awesome Boylan Blog reading people!!! Yaaay!!! :D

This is my first blogpost of the semester, and I hope that you enjoy my ravings... 

(As you may, or may not have [but definitely SHOULD have] noticed by now, I usually rant OR rave. There is really no in between with me...)

Has anyone ever dishonored your family?
Have you ever sought to avenge your father's death?
Have you ever had a secret treasure map tattooed on your back by a Buddhist monk?

These are the stories the stories of martial arts cinema.
These are the stories that I love.

Unlike that action films of today that are all about trillion dollar budgets, big guns, and even bigger explosions, martial arts films (particularly the classics) are just deep and lovely and beautiful to watch.

Despite the fact that many a martial arts film tell very similar stories (you'd be surprised [or not] to know how many dudes have secret treasure maps tattooed on their backs by Buddhist monks! :0 ), I find that each movie deals with these plot lines with a certain nuance that makes each one unique and awesome! :D Furthermore, The the actual time and dedication that goes into choreographing, filming, and editing (originally BY HAND) martial arts fights scenes culminates into an intricately beautiful dance.


If this is not a spell-binding dance, nothing is,
Check out this super acrobatic, superbly choreographed butt kicking! 

The title of this post actually originates from this film- 36 Deadly Styles. This post's namesake is the deadliest of the 36 deadly styles, and the one with which Wah Jee seeks to avenge his father...

Aside from the ridiculously awesome stories and fight scenes, there are the other things that make me love this art.

SOUND-- Seriously, though--- How cool would it be if every movement you made in real life was accompanied by a WOOSH or PSSHT??? Am I right, or am I right? ALSO, the music that accompanies fight scenes and other dramatic moments is usually original- a piece composed just to fit the mise en scene of a particular moment.

ICONOGRAPGY











I think it's super awesome that there is such a wealth of images and styles for moviemakers of today to draw from. Here, the Bride from Kill Bill serves as an homage to Bruce Lee, without whom, martial arts cinema may not have made it to America. There are so many classic moments like this: Bruce Lee vs, Kareem Abdul Jabbar... Zhang Ziyi destroying like every weapon ever made with Green Destiny in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon... Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker tag teaming the Triad in Hong Kong... It all lends itself to the rich history and transformation of the martial arts cinematic genre.

Okay guys. Rant done. Bye! :D

~ Clinton

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