Thursday, August 26, 2010

I packed my glasses already

 What picture did I choose? I can't see it.

Today I was going to tell the story of how my mom's corgi almost killed us both, but I took my contacts out then realized I already packed my glasses so I can't see what I am typing. Plus I have to be on a plane at 3am so I should go to bed soon. I will tell my story tomorrow.

I'll just say this so I can get this laptop off my chest: I spent most of today sitting by a lake reading a book by David West called Chasing Dragons. It's a journey through the history of the martial arts film broken down by country, then director, then film. Plus it's kind of funny in places. I've learned a lot of things about the history of the martial arts film, but most of all I've learned that Netflix does not carry a lot of old Japanese and Chinese stuff. How can you not carry a movie called How Wong Fei Hung Pitted a Lion Against a Dragon? I mean, seriously. I want to know how he did it.


  1. Another great book, in case of interest, on Hong Kong film industry, Hong Kong Babylon.

    Extra fun martial arts flick in case you haven't seen it, Shaolin Intruders.

    Yesasia decent source for obscure dvds (but no lion against dragon movie), and oppo makes fabulous region free dvd player.

  2. Awesome! Thanks for the suggestions. I do love martial arts, and there's just so much material it's hard to know what's good.

  3. I've got one on my Amazon list that looks good: Planet Hong Kong by David Bordwell.

    I'm curious if you (or any Stephen Chow fans who read your blog) have watched God of Cookery. It's not available through Netflix and I'm wondering if it's worth hunting down.

  4. Haven't seen that one, but Planet Hong Kong is on my list, too. Let me know what you think if you read it.


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