Kung Fu Cult Masters
This wide-ranging study 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 and yet critically neglected genre. In addition, it 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 such as Games of Death, Fist of Legend, the 36th Chamber of Shaolin and Drunken Master.
Black and white illustrations.