Kanto Illustrations #050 - 073 - Created by Piper Thibodeau
Piper’s fantastic series to illustrate the entire Pokedex marches on, and here is the latest installment! As usual, Piper’s take on each Pokemon is fun, creative, and delightfully well executed. Be sure to follow along on Tumblr or Twitter for all the latest updates.
Assorted stills from “Police Story 2,” directed by Jackie Chan and starring the man himself as well as a ridiculously adorable Maggie Cheung.
A tale of two tragedies - Bruce Lee and Sharon Tate.
The now infamous, largely improvised fight between Donnie Yen and Wu Jing in “Sha Po Lang.”
It's such a pity that Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao and Yuen Wah didn't go to Hollywood together with Jackie Chan to make movies huh. I wish more people acknowledged them.
It’s interesting that you say that. I actually very much disagree. If anything I wish Jackie didn’t go to Hollywood in the first place. I think Hollywood made him lazy and far too complacent in being in love with his own brand.
Had Jackie stayed in Hong Kong, he would have undoubtedly made more classics. He may have even made more films with Yuen Biao and Sammo Hung. His Hollywood filmography has hardly been anything to get super excited about.
I think Hollywood would have ruined the others too. Not that Yuen Biao has done an awful lot but, still, I don’t think I would have enjoyed seeing them all dumb down their craft for a western audience.
I often speculate in my mind about how the landscape of action films in a America today would be a bit different had Bruce Lee lived. I often imagine a world where Lee would have an American production studio and more Asian actors would be seen in film and TV. I went as far to liken my imaginary Bruce Lee to Tyler Perry, but with much better films. Have you ever speculated on a world that still had Lee in it?
Absolutely. As a fan of the genre, I don’t see how anyone can ignore the big question, “What if Bruce Lee had lived?”
It would have changed things significantly. The question is, for the good or for the bad? Being that Bruce was considered the greatest thing in martial arts action, it would be safe to assume many other actors, choreographers and directors would have followed his lead. Does that mean we wouldn’t get Jackie Chan’s signature style? Would today’s kung fu stars have tried to emulate Bruce too much and scuppered their own prospects?
One thing’s for sure; Bruce Lee would have gone on to make some of the finest kung fu films ever made. Hell, his original idea for “Game of Death” may have made it the best kung fu film of all time.
The other question, however, would be whether Bruce could have shaped the genre or whether the genre would have shaped Bruce? Would he become this godly figure, with film studios looking to him for ideas or would the studios essentially buy him and make him do their bidding?
But yes, things would have been VERY different. How? I’m not sure but, without a shadow of a doubt, some good would certainly have come out of Bruce Lee living his life,
An amazing “Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow” lobby card set.
A remarkably clear shot of Ip Man’s Wing Chun academy circa 1951. You can see Ip Man center front row.
These students were considered Bruce Lee’s seniors under Ip Man’s tutelage.
Have you seen Flash Point with Donnie Yen and is it any good.
Yup, I’ve seen it and, unlike everyone else in the world, I’m not the film’s biggest fan.
I will say that the final fight is probably the best finale of any film in the last ten years. It defines what modern choreography should be.
But everything between the fights is pretty dull. It’s a standard cop thriller/drama and I feel the pace is it’s biggest flaw. It just isn’t gripping.
It’s certainly worth a watch to see what all the hoopla is about but don’t expect perfection.
I’ve owned it since it’s come out and haven’t watched it once. In my opinion you’re better off just watching the fights on You Tube.
Put shortly, it’s overrated.
The best of Cynthia Khan from “In the Line of Duty 4.”