There’s ‘Kung Fu,’ and, in ‘Into the Badlands,’ There’s Hong Kong Kung Fu

Photo Daniel Wu, star of AMC’s “Into the Badlands.” Credit James Dimmock/AMC WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. — In AMC’s new martial arts series, “Into the Badlands,†Daniel Wu plays Sunny, a motorcycle-riding, katana-wielding assassin whose loyalty to his flinty-eyed master is matched only by his prodigious kill count (400 and climbing) Read more [...]

The Calm Before the Thud

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A Kung Fu That Maims and Romances

Mario Anzuoni/Reuters; International Film Company/Photofest; Warner Bros. Pictures The director Wong Kar-wai, left, says his new film, “The Grandmaster,” is rooted in the traditional manner of kung fu artistry, adding another chapter to the diverse history of martial arts movies. Read more [...]

‘The Bruce Lee Legacy Collection’ Is a Kick

Forty years ago this summer, Bruce Lee died unexpectedly of a cerebral edema in the Hong Kong apartment of a colleague. The New York Times ran only a brief, news agency obituary for the 32-year-old actor and martial artist, who had been given star billing in only three, modestly budgeted Hong Kong films by the time of his death. But in a sense, his career was just beginning Read more [...]

In Chinatown, Martial Arts Alfresco

Julia Gillard for The New York Times David Kaplan with one of his students in Columbus Park in Chinatown, where he teaches his pay-what-you-can classes six mornings a week, rain or shine. ON a recent Saturday morning, I joined eight kung fu students and their master, David Kaplan, in Chinatown for a lesson in martial arts. It was 8 a.m Read more [...]