Kung Fu Cult Masters from Bruce Lee to Crouching Tiger by Leon Hunt

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  • From the balletic intensity of Bruce Lee to the gravity-defying swordplay of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the Chinese martial arts film

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  • Kung Fu Celebrities Book
  • by Leon Hunt
  • Covering the Top Kung Fu Film Stars
  • including Bruce Lee and Jet Lee
  • Great read

Kung Fu Cult Masters Description

From the balletic intensity of Bruce Lee to the gravity-defying swordplay of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the Chinese martial arts film has captured audiences' imaginations around the world while absorbing influences ranging from Beijing opera to computer games. Its global impact can be seen in the Hollywood crossover of stars such as Jackie Chan and Hong Kong-influenced films such as The Matrix.

In this wide-ranging study, Leon Hunt 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 yet critically neglected genre. In addition, he 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 like Game of Death, Fist of Legend, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, and Drunken Master.

 

'On the Back' of Kung Fu Cult Masters

"An extremely insightful and fully comprehensive work... Hunt purses several original directions ensuring that this book will be an indispensable reference work for anyone seriously interested in this stimulating movement in film history" Tony Williams, South Illinois university at Carbondale

Leon Hunt is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at Brunel University. He is the Author of British Low Culture: From Safari Suits to Sexploitation (Routledge 1998).

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