Good To Be Bad: Waise Lee – Jade Screen

The Best of the Hong Kong movie villains… Waise Lee is a popular and hugely underrated Hong Kong actor, well known for his villainous roles and sly, backstabbing characters. Seen widely in the ‘heroic bloodshed’ films of the 1980s, he was a supporting star who Hong Kong audiences loved to hate, typically playing a greedy small-time triad who switches sides in his pursuit for power Download the article here!    

Interview with Yang Ik-june – Jade Screen

For Asian movie fans sleeping under a rock, Breathless, the latest project from Korean filmmaker Yang Ik-june has been grabbing the interest of fans and critics all over the world. Already established on the festival circuit, Breathless has picked up numerous awards and stunned audiences with its raw, uncompromising portrayal of broken families and isolation. I caught up with the multi-talented writer, director, editor and star, Yang Ik-june… This interview, complete with an updated introduction, is due to appear in my book “Life of Action”. …

Good To Be Bad: Kelvin Wong – Jade Screen

The Best of the Hong Kong movie villains… Wong Siu, also known as Kelvin Wong, is a renowned character actor, often seen playing larger-than-life villains in Hong Kong and Taiwanese film. Initially playing minor bad guys earlier in his career, he soon migrated to the frontlines where he could be seen punishing and tormenting many an action hero in the most brutal way possible. Download the article here!

A Tribute to Shing Fui-on (1955-2009) – Jade Screen

Shing Fui-on is a name that needs no introduction to avid Hong Kong movie fans. Widely recognized from action and gangster films throughout the 1980s and 90s, Shing Fui-On, also known as ‘Daai So’ (‘Big Crazy’ in Cantonese) was one of cinema’s best loved villains. From his difficult early life battling poverty through to his rough and tough days as a young gang member, Shing was a rebel lucky enough to find an outlet for his energy in the film industry. In time he would become one …

Interviews with Mark Strange and Chee Keong Cheung – Jade Screen

Interviews with actor/producer, Mark Strange and writer/director/producer, Chee Keong Cheung, discussing their new film, Bodyguard: A New Beginning. Fast paced Hong Kong action collides with grainy British filmmaking in one of the most talked about films to recently emerge from the indie circuit. It’s not too often you see dynamic, high-impact martial artistry in London’s West End, but it’s a sight we could certainly get comfortable with. Directing his second action-packed feature film, Chee Keong Cheung moulds an energetic and …

Bruce Lee’s 10 Greatest Hits – Jade Screen

I wrote this article analysing and dissecting some of Bruce Lee’s very best fight scenes and what made them special After our look at Bruce Lee’s now-famous use of the nunchaku in the last issue, it is also important to remember the range and diversity of Bruce’s fight scenes. Through this he explored many different techniques and methods in a tragically short filmmaking career. Bruce was widely renowned for addressing complex, often challenging issues in his film work, contributing ideas and …

Jackie Chan’s Police Story trilogy examined – Screen Power

This is an article I wrote on the original, classic Police Story trilogy, still among my favourite Jackie Chan movies and arguably some of the best Hong Kong action films ever made! This was written for Jackie’s official Screen Power Magazine. Jackie Chan’s Police Story is not simply one of his most memorable and iconic films, but also one of the most important pieces of 20th century action cinema. The 1985 original influenced action filmmakers around the world and set new …

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