John G discussed on Midday on WNYC

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John g like they they're flying on top of bamboo trees those things are not realistic and these are code which fm's kofu is something else it's it's a cantonese term and in chinese martial arts it refers to southen martial arts traditions and so when when when when i say that law color is from this particular school of kofu he wants to represent its authentically right so how did he start out in movies he was a practicing confer with his father and so he started taking small roles and also performing stunts in movies at a very early stage and when he was in the nineteen sixties when he joined the shaw brothers film studio and became a martial arts corey org refer is a road as very important in chinese martial arts fem somebody who would be choreographing and directing action scenes and then in the seventies he was the first martial arts choreographer who was promoted to become a director so you mentioned the brothers film studio tell us a little bit about that for listeners who don't know about the show brothers studio is a massive entertainment empire the show brothers is a family business and they started operating in the bigger china chinese speaking region from mainland china to southeast asia and they were doing in production and also from distribution one of the brothers the most famous one run one shaw in the fifties he set up a film studio in hong kong and that evolved into a sprawling complex called the movie town and they were making a lot of firms and they had many sound stages dumping facilities editing suites and they had a dormitory like hundreds of people like from directors actors to everyone else would live in movie town and they were just like making movies like a machine from morning tonight yes why was it so unusual for martial artists arts instructor to become a director is a different job and it became something that's done more after local and he was the first person someone like jackie chan for example he would take on multiple roles he's like the person who's choreographing the stunts he's per forming them and also he's the director so how did his view of kung fu compare with that of bruce lee we just been discussing earlier is it fit into these two modes of cinematic history that you've been talking about her yes because what i was telling you is that like kung fu specifically south in style martial arts and bruce lee was actually proud to tell people that he was mixing different styles i don't know if you remember way of the dragon like the scene when he's fighting chuck norris in italy coliseum and you look at those steps he's bouncing left and right right and those steps are really like western boxing steps he's like bouncing in a boxing ring and when you see him fight you also see styles like judo taekwondo and bruce lee never tried to fool anyone is like i am a person of mixed style and he's chinese also a chineseamerican he's basically a global citizen before globalization so he embraced many different styles so how would you describe lock her lungs choreography his choreography he tried he tried to be as realistic as possible and he tried to to bays all the movements on his own school of martial arts which is called a home fist it's associated with southern shaolin temple and when you look at south martial arts the movements are much closer to the ground kicks are lower and they accept it's very strong upper body with supported by lower body stances and you don't see people flying all over the place and making really unrealistic movements even though of course it is still a movie so they are effects and and.

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