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Chinese Martial Arts CinemaThe Wuxia Tradition$
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Stephen Teo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632855

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632855.001.0001

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The Rise of Kung Fu, from Wong Fei-Hung to Bruce Lee

The Rise of Kung Fu, from Wong Fei-Hung to Bruce Lee

(p.58) 3. The Rise of Kung Fu, from Wong Fei-Hung to Bruce Lee
Chinese Martial Arts Cinema

Stephen Teo

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the rise of the kung fu movie in the Hong Kong cinema. Kung fu is seen as a specific genre of the Hong Kong Cantonese cinema, particularly as represented by its prototypical hero Wong Fei-hung (and played by the actor Kwan Tak-hing) that gave rise to a long-running series. The Wong Fei-hung phenomenon began in 1949 and has remained popular to the present day. The other kung fu phenomenon is that of Bruce Lee, the actor best known for his roles in The Big Boss (1971), Fist of Fury (1972), The Way of the Dragon (1972), and Enter the Dragon (1973) before his premature passing. The chapter analyzes how kung fu and wuxia are inter-related as well as how they differ from each other.

Keywords:   Kung fu, Hong Kong cinema, Cantonese cinema, Wong Fei-hung, Bruce Lee

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