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Review: The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Swords aren't the only things flying in Tsui Hark's splendidly absurd wuxia — the first Chinese martial-arts film in 3D.
The first Chinese martial-arts film in 3D
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 31, 2012
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The local cagefighting scene takes off

"You cannot eye poke. You cannot gouge. You cannot strike to the groin. You cannot knee to the head of a downed opponent."
Combat
By PHILIP EIL  |  August 10, 2012
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Review: Double Trouble

David Chang's inept martial arts comedy confirms the genius of Jackie Chan.
Inept martial arts comedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 08, 2012
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Fantasy camp

Wizards & Warriors Camp is a living video game, putting kids in control of everything from plotline to character personality.
Where Lord of the Rings meets Lord of the Flies
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 12, 2011
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A woman takes charge and learns the art of the best defense

When the first attacker grabbed my wrist; I hammer-fisted his forearm and issued a sweep-kick to his groin.
Going on offense
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 29, 2011
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Review: The Karate Kid (2010)

What happens when Will Smith wants a franchise for his boy.
Shouldn't it be "The Kung Fu Kid"?
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 11, 2010


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New magazine tells Boston’s war stories

It’s not too surprising that Kung-Fu Video owners James Bennett and Aaron Crawford are venturing into another retail niche that is largely considered commercially destitute.
Crime Journal Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 23, 2010
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Red Queens and White Knights

Four new DVD releases that capitalize on the latest Alice in Wonderland rush.
We’re not through with the Looking Glass, here, people
By SHAULA CLARK  |  March 12, 2010
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There will be blood

This past Saturday, Dover-raised gladiator Kenny Florian beat the pretty out of long-haired Chicago carpenter-turned-ass kicker Clay Guida.
Beacon Hill is green-lighting elbow smashes to the face, as Mass. officially welcomes mixed martial arts
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 18, 2009
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Super friends

THWAK! I swing with my right fist, trying to connect with my opponent's face. In a smooth motion, he deflects my punch with his forearm, which is protected with a black and metallic-plastic arm gauntlet. I swing with my left fist, and am again knocked
Move over, Clark Kent. All over New England, mild-mannered citizens are suiting up and doing their part to play the hero.
By TEA KRULOS  |  December 11, 2009
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Review: Ninja Assassin

So much blood splashes across the screen in James McTeigue’s martial-arts madness, you’d think the human body consisted of nothing but.
A real bloodbath
By TOM MEEK  |  November 27, 2009


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Making masterpieces in 48 hours

The filmmakers scrambled upstairs Sunday night, spilling beers as they went, desperate to meet the deadline for the 48 Hour Film Project, an annual adventure in speedy cinematography.
Fast Films
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  July 24, 2009
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Whodunit?

Myles Connor: Mayflower descendant, Mensa member, master of disguise, black belt in karate, self-styled "President of Rock 'n' Roll." And probably the most notorious art thief in the history of the United States.
Art thief Myles Connor talks
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 18, 2009
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Return of the big fatty

It's nice to know that Michael Phelps isn't the only prominent athlete getting the shaft lately for sparking up.
The sumos get stoned . . . again. Plus, an early leader in the 2009 Justin Miller-Award race.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 11, 2009
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Bang bang

Misaki Kawai's new solo show marks the Boston debut of her two-dimensional works and the first opportunity for New England audiences to see her as a bona fide painter. Opening February 21 at LaMontagne Gallery, " Misaki Kawai : Kung Fu Forest."
Misaki Kawai at LaMontagne, "Collision14: POV" and "LE:60 1-Minute Film Festival" at Axiom
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  February 10, 2009
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Review: Chandni Chowk to China

Director Nikhil Advani's quirky Chinese-Indian collaboration is the widest release ever of a Bollywood film, and the first ever kung fu Bollywood comedy.
Unoriginal, even by Bollywood's standards
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  January 13, 2009


Crossword: ''You can look it up''


Eight entries from eight decades of the OED.
By MATT JONES  |  October 01, 2008
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Devil at the Gate

The ensemble has spent the better part of a decade composing and performing soundtracks for silent films, creating their own brand of musical alchemy.
Giving voice to Red Heroine
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 02, 2008
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Rebirth of a prince

I recently took the Greyhound to Montreal for a RZA concert.
Digging RZA in 36 steps
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2008
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Eight is enough

Sometimes we’d rather root for the unknowns, the underdogs, and the uniques than the professional jerks who are only competing to sweeten their endorsement deals.
Olympians to watch
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 06, 2008
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Eric Hofbauer and the Infared Band

What’s likely to hit you first is Hofbauer’s flair for bluesy, riffing AABA melodies.
Myth Understanding | Creative Nation Music
By JON GARELICK  |  July 01, 2008


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Judgment night for Doomsday

Two men circle the middle of a 24-foot-wide, black chain-link cage in Allston’s Wai Kru gym.
Roxbury-born fighter John Howard is climbing the ranks of mixed martial arts, one chokehold at a time
By JONATHAN SEITZ  |  June 25, 2008
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Gimme some truth

Can it be a coincidence, I ask rhetorically, that we have all of a sudden become very interested in watching highly trained men smack the shit out of each other?
In praise of Ultimate Fighting
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 25, 2008
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The Foot Fist Way

A mean-spirited, scrappy tragicomedy that was shot in 19 days –– and looks it.
A looser, less elegant translation
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 04, 2008
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Kung Fu Panda

The thin script is light on length and surprise, heavy on tike-pleasing jokes and action.
A colorful wuxia comedy
By BRETT MICHEL  |  June 04, 2008
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Shaw business

The Shaw Brothers dominated Hong Kong film production in the ’60s and ’70s, and they produced not only martial-arts epics but also musicals, ghost stories, and melodramas.
The HFA proves there’s more to Hong Kong than kung fu
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008


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Mastering the masterpieces

It’s not exactly a trip down Memory Lane, but this weekend Boston Ballet is revisiting some pieces and choreographers it hasn’t performed in the Mikko Nissinen era.
Boston Ballet takes on Balanchine, Tudor, and Tharp
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 2008
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Jazz hands

There was a time when it was easy to hate Geoff Farina. Well, maybe hate is too strong a word.
Geoff Farina’s new Glorytellers
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 19, 2008
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Redbelt

Not quite a neo-noir, still less a martial-arts movie, David Mamet’s taut, dank drama has a foot in each camp.
Pleasingly nuts
By GRAHAM FULLER  |  May 07, 2008
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The Forbidden Kingdom

Hong Kong action stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li don’t stray too far from type in this big-screen fairy tale: Chan plays a drunken kung fu master and Li’s a stoic monk with lethal reflexes.
Big screen fairy tale
By TOM MEEK  |  April 16, 2008