Fant Asia Swordsman II The East Is Red and The Heroic Trio

The fantasy-action subgenre sets itself apart from other kung fu films by its extreme stylization and its use of special effects to evoke a world of supernatural powers, magical weapons, and mysterious, mystical forces and energies. The majority of these films occur in mythical rather than geographically real space, and thus lend themselves more readily to allegorical interpretations than more realistic kung fu films. Many of these films are remarkable in the way they redefine gender...

Themes of the Volume

Kidnapped and raped by rednecks working for the local mobster, the title character of Foxy Brown must fight her way from mortal peril. She slaughters the bad guys with coat hangers to the eyes, a jug of gasoline over their heads, and a match. One of the dripping thugs can smell what's coming This is gasoline You know it, motherfucker says Foxy as she lights him up. As the men scream and thrash, Foxy makes her escape, heading off to do more damage, including a memorable castration, to the local...

Violent Women in the Hong Kong Kung Fu Film

The quote in the title of this chapter appears in the promotional blurb for the videotape of Wing Chun (1994), which stars one of Hong Kong's most popular actresses, Michelle Yeoh.1 Like virtually all recent kung fu films featuring female martial artists, Wing Chun presents its audience with a satisfying image of a powerful woman. The eponymous heroine is a skilled, aggressive, and effective fighter, who dispatches crowds of thugs with grace, style, and humor, and defends not only herself but...

Martha Coolidge director Rambling Rose Introducing Dorothy Dandridge I think women want to see women portrayed in a

Doesn't mean you can't have bad guys as women, but I kind of resent that the big breakthrough was, Hey, let's make the really bad guys women. That fulfills another male fantasy Woman as Monster.19 Mariel Hemingway, actor (Personal Best, Star 80) This is a business run by guys who have fantasies about women and who want women to be a certain way. My way of dealing with it is to not be a part of it.20 Annette Bening, actor (The Grifters, The Siege) What we need are more human roles.21 Women in...

Violent Beauties Wing Chun and Naked Killer

In this section I focus on two films that could not be more dissimilar Wing Chun and Naked Killer (1992). Both films feature women who move in a world of female potency and male impotency, but the resemblances end there. Where Wing Chun presents a positive image of a heroine attempting to understand, negotiate, and finally mitigate the threat that her martial artistry poses to the male community (without giving up or renouncing her power), Naked Killer depicts female eroticism and violence as a...

With Actresses Featured

Ah Kam, written by John Chan, directed by Ann Hui, featuring Michelle Yeoh 1996 . Angel2, written by Teresa Woo, directed by Teresa Woo and Raymond Leung, featuring Moon Lee and Elaine Lui 1988 . Blonde Fury, written by Sam Chi-Leung, directed by Mang Hoi, featuring Cynthia Rothrock 1987 . The Bride with White Hair, written by Ronnie Yu, directed by Ronnie Yu, featuring Brigitte Lin 1993 . Broken Oath, directed by Chang Cheung Wo, featuring Angela Mao 1977 . Butterfly and Sword, written by...