Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Electric Shadows: The Secret History of Kung Fu Movies

Electric Shadows: The Secret History of Kung Fu Movies Vol. 1
By Jean Lukitsh

Most of you have probably already downloaded and read this very informative book since we were all alerted to it by Durian Dave back in August on his invaluable blog Soft Film. I finally got around to reading it this past weekend and very much enjoyed and appreciated it. The early years of martial arts movies may not exactly be a secret (at least not anymore) but there certainly has been very little written about them in English that I at least know of and so this helps fill a big hole in my knowledge. Of course seeing these films is another issue, but even there the book is helpful as it has links to some videos on Youtube.  A lot of credit has to be given to the writer (who has been writing for for years now) who has tracked down all this information. The focus of the book is on the formative years of this genre in the 1920's and 1930' though she also takes the reader up to the Shaw Brothers.

What also should be of interest to those who want to find out more about the olden days of Hong Kong film is that four more volumes are planned that also focus on martial arts films.

Now if you don't have a reading device there is no need to worry. Amazon allows anyone with a computer (and I expect most of you have one) to download the Kindle software to your computer for free and read anything you download on it. For the price of $3 how can you really go wrong and hopefully if there is enough interest in this first volume the others will follow.

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