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June 13, 2013 | By Susan King
The Hollywood Museum is celebrating the legacy of the late David Carradine, who was best known for his role in the 1970s TV series, "Kung Fu" and for his title role in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" martial arts flicks. "The Barefoot Legend: David Carradine - a Contemporary Renaissance Man" opens June 21 at the museum , located at the venerable Max Factor Building in Hollywood, and continues through September. The exhibit will feature costumes, props and other materials, including his personal sword collection, that shine the spotlight not only on his acting career, but his work as an artist and musician.
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October 31, 2013 | By Jay Jones, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Troupes of acrobats, dancers and kung fu performers will combine their talents when "Panda!," a Chinese-produced show -- the first of its kind in Las Vegas -- opens in mid-December on the Strip Tickets for “ Panda!, ” which will play at the Palazzo , go on sale Friday. The production promises audiences an evening of Far Eastern folklore combining acrobatics, kung fu mastery, music and dance. The story follows a panda named Long Long as he works to rescue his beloved Peacock Princess from the clutches of the evil Demon Vulture.
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November 2, 2012 | By Chris Lee
Russell Crowe: Serious thespian, Oscar winner, rage-prone phone thrower -- kung fu movie star? Fans of New Zealand's most celebrated dramatic export were mystified to discover that Crowe had signed on to appear in hip-hop superstar turned first-time filmmaker the RZA's directorial debut “The Man With the Iron Fists.” The rollicking martial arts mini-epic, shot on location in Shanghai, features ninja prostitutes, a bad guy with body-morphic brass...
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September 21, 2013 | By Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore
HONG KONG - There is a scene near the beginning of Wong Kar Wai's "The Grandmaster" in which the main character, the martial arts expert Ip Man, expounds on the ethos of his practice. "Kung fu: two words. One horizontal, one vertical - if you're wrong, you'll be left lying down. If you're right, you're left standing - and only the ones who stand have the right to talk. " Lately it seems filmmakers can't talk enough about Ip Man. Born in southern China in 1893, he was notable for having taught the iconic Bruce Lee and popularizing the Wing Chun school of kung fu. Though he died in poverty and exile in Hong Kong in 1972, Ip has become an almost mythical figure featuring in multiple films in recent years.
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October 31, 2013 | By Jay Jones, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Troupes of acrobats, dancers and kung fu performers will combine their talents when "Panda!," a Chinese-produced show -- the first of its kind in Las Vegas -- opens in mid-December on the Strip Tickets for “ Panda!, ” which will play at the Palazzo , go on sale Friday. The production promises audiences an evening of Far Eastern folklore combining acrobatics, kung fu mastery, music and dance. The story follows a panda named Long Long as he works to rescue his beloved Peacock Princess from the clutches of the evil Demon Vulture.
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April 29, 1999
Headed to the Kung Fu Knowledge DJ Tour? Head east. The drum 'n' bass party has been moved from the Alexandria Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to the Masterdome, 137 S. G St. in San Bernardino. The Saturday night party will feature the spinning skills of British DJ Rob Playford, American d 'n' b innovators 1.8.7., and MC Chickaboo (on her first U.S. tour). Information: (213) 205-6291, (818) 816-3588, (714) 218-7152 or (805) 777-2698.
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September 25, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
In about a month, moviedom will see one of the stranger hybrids you can imagine: the only known cinema offering in history - and certainly the only martial-arts flick - ever to be directed by a rap-music pioneer, written and produced by a horror impresario and star the actor Russell Crowe. Did we mention it's a martial-arts flick? The film, which Universal Pictures will bring out Nov. 2, is “The Man With the Iron Fists,” and it tells a story of a Chinese feudal blacksmith who must defend his village from encroaching barbarians.
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June 5, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
David Carradine, who became a TV icon in the early 1970s starring as an enigmatic Buddhist monk with a flair for martial arts in "Kung Fu" and more recently played the head of a group of assassins in the "Kill Bill" movies, has been found dead in Bangkok, Thailand. He was 72. Carradine was found hanged in his luxury hotel suite Thursday, the Thai newspaper the Nation reported on its website, citing unidentified police sources.
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August 2, 1985 | United Press International
Radio Malagasy said today the army had put down a revolt by youthful kung fu students in a nine-hour battle that left 21 people dead and 31 others injured. The broadcast from the Malagasy Republic, formerly Madagascar, said troops moved in with a dozen tanks and surrounded the headquarters of a kung fu club in a suburb north of the capital. Kung fu was banned on the Indian Ocean island in 1984 on the ground that its practitioners had turned violent.
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January 24, 1993 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David Carradine is raising Caine again. Kwai Chang Caine, that is, as the new syndicated series, "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues," premieres this week. The one-hour action series, filmed in Toronto, is a sequel to the 1972-75 offbeat ABC Western series, "Kung Fu," which starred Carradine as the shaven-headed Buddhist monk who was born in China of Chinese and American parents.
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September 19, 2013
A handful of recent movies have served up sections of the life of 20th century kung fu master Ip Man, whose teachings, like the proverbial Velvet Underground myth about rock bands, spawned a generation's worth of martial artists (including Bruce Lee). Five years after the crowd-pleasing early-days action film "Ip Man," and on the heels of Wong Kar Wai's meditative epic "The Grandmaster," comes Herman Yau's so-so opus "Ip Man: The Final Fight. " Covering the Chinese legend's later years in British-controlled 1950s Hong Kong - here represented by colorful if backlot-obvious street sets - it features sturdy character actor Anthony Wong in the title role.
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August 23, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Wong Kar Wai is known as an international master of moody romance, making films filled with a yearning melancholy. His "In the Mood for Love" was the only film from this century to make the Top 25 of a recent Sight & Sound poll of the greatest films of all time. So news that he was making a kung fu film tracing the life of Ip Man, who would famously go on to train Bruce Lee, caught many of his fans off-guard. Playing now in Los Angeles, the long-awaited film has already been the biggest commercial hit of Wong's career in China, even with its unlikely combination of a rousing martial arts story and a moving tale of romantic longing.
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June 13, 2013 | By Susan King
The Hollywood Museum is celebrating the legacy of the late David Carradine, who was best known for his role in the 1970s TV series, "Kung Fu" and for his title role in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" martial arts flicks. "The Barefoot Legend: David Carradine - a Contemporary Renaissance Man" opens June 21 at the museum , located at the venerable Max Factor Building in Hollywood, and continues through September. The exhibit will feature costumes, props and other materials, including his personal sword collection, that shine the spotlight not only on his acting career, but his work as an artist and musician.
WORLD
December 29, 2012 | By John Hannon, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - The men who barged through Shen Jianzhong's door probably thought it was a routine assignment: Break in and beat Shen's family into submission. Forced evictions to make way for real estate development are an everyday occurrence in China, and the family may have seemed no different from any in that situation. It was only after they forced open the door, threw Shen's wife to the ground and began to beat her that they learned the 38-year-old Shen and his 18-year-old son are kung fu masters.
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November 2, 2012 | By Chris Lee
Russell Crowe: Serious thespian, Oscar winner, rage-prone phone thrower -- kung fu movie star? Fans of New Zealand's most celebrated dramatic export were mystified to discover that Crowe had signed on to appear in hip-hop superstar turned first-time filmmaker the RZA's directorial debut “The Man With the Iron Fists.” The rollicking martial arts mini-epic, shot on location in Shanghai, features ninja prostitutes, a bad guy with body-morphic brass...
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November 1, 2012 | By Chris Lee
In a scene in the ultra-violent kung fu saga “The Man With the Iron Fists” - a movie written, directed and co-starring Wu-Tang Clan's founding father and sonic architect the RZA - the hip-hop superstar-turned-filmmaker portrays a runaway slave. He survives a shipwreck and washes up on a rocky shoreline in China more dead than alive and is discovered by a band of kung fu monks. These Wu Chi disciples bring the character back to health and set him on a righteous path, teaching him philosophy, acupuncture pressure points, discipline - the way of the Wu. If the monks sequence in “Man With the Iron Fists” seems like a metaphor for how the Tao of the Wu forever changed the rapper-director's destiny, that's because, well, it is. “To me, that philosophy part had to be in there, yo,” RZA said.
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February 28, 1988 | JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press
For 1,500 years, monks at Shaolin Temple have been trained to pray without the blink of an eye and kill with a flash of the hand. They are the masters of Shaolin kung fu, a combination of shadow boxing, swordplay and body control techniques that in recent years has gained a wide following in China and other parts of Asia. Today their monastery in the foothills of the sacred Mt.
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October 18, 2012 | By Robert Abele
Director Stephen Fung's stylistic hodgepodge "Tai Chi Zero" follows a battle-hardened, impulsive kung fu prodigy who seeks training in a secretive, energy-conserving martial arts style practiced in peaceful Chen Village. He becomes an unwitting warrior in a battle between the town and a Western-influenced prodigal son whose giant mechanical claw-monster threatens to wipe out the residents so a railroad can be built. "Tai Chi Zero" is often more distracting than diverting with its everything-goes aesthetic - there are strains of steampunk, manga and silent film comedy, with video-game touches.
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November 1, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Man With the Iron Fists" is a wildly whirling martial arts spectacle with an endless array of exotic knives, a penchant for Zen philosophizing and an unquenchable thirst for blood. It may just be one of the best bad movies ever. I do not confer such infamy lightly, but the flaws are far more amusing than infuriating and its director/writer/star, RZA of Wu-Tang Clan fame, is mesmerizing. There is nothing subtle about the film, including its abject devotion to classic kung fu fare.
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October 18, 2012 | By Robert Abele
Director Stephen Fung's stylistic hodgepodge "Tai Chi Zero" follows a battle-hardened, impulsive kung fu prodigy who seeks training in a secretive, energy-conserving martial arts style practiced in peaceful Chen Village. He becomes an unwitting warrior in a battle between the town and a Western-influenced prodigal son whose giant mechanical claw-monster threatens to wipe out the residents so a railroad can be built. "Tai Chi Zero" is often more distracting than diverting with its everything-goes aesthetic - there are strains of steampunk, manga and silent film comedy, with video-game touches.
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