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茅瑛, a Former Kung-Fu Queen

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发表于 7-7-2014 14:49:59 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
J Hoberman, Artful Guises a la Belle Epoque; Video. New York Times, June 29, 2013.
www.nytimes.com/2014/06/29/movie ... ing-set-on-dvd.html

Note:
(a) Read only the last section whose heading is ‘The Angela Mao Ying Collection.’
(b) Belle Époque
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_Époque
(c) Angela Mao  
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Mao
(1950- ; birth name 茅復靜; stage name 茅瑛; Taiwanese martial artist)

(d) “Angela Mao (the Anglicized name given the Chinese actress Mao Ying) was, along with Slaughter, Django and Cleopatra Jones, a deity inhabiting the 42nd Street grindhouses of the early 1970s. Born in Taiwan to a family of Chinese opera performers, Ms Mao attracted notice playing Bruce Lee’s sister in ‘Enter the Dragon’ (1973); she subsequently helped fill the void left by Lee’s death, starring in Hong Kong martial arts films that Variety labeled ‘chopsocky.’ As a youth I imagined she took the surname Mao as a statement — her movies seemed a commercial equivalent to the revolutionary ballet ‘The Red Detachment of Women 红色娘子军.’”
(i) Slaughter
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slaughter
(may refer to: * * * Slaughter (1972 film), a 1972 film starring Jim Brown and Rip Torn
(ii) Django
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Django
(Django was popularized as the Romani [Gypsy-] language nickname of Jean "Django" Reinhardt [1910-1953; a Belgian-born guitarist and composer of Romani heritage], meaning "I awake." It most commonly refers to * * * Django (film), a 1966 Italian Western
(iii) Cleopatra Jones
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_Jones
(a 1973 American film, namesake of the protagonist)
(iv)
(A) grindhouse (n; First Known Use 1927): "an often shabby movie theater having continuous showings especially of pornographic or violent films”
www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grindhouse

There is no etymology. For that, see next.
(B) grindhouse (n; grind +‎ house: From bump and grind [qv])
en.wiktionary.org/wiki/grindhouse
(v) Variety (magazine)
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variety_(magazine)
(vi) Anne H Soukhanov of Variety coined the noun chopsocky in 1978.
(A) chopsocky (n; punningly from chop suey, chop (fighting blow), and sock (punch)):
"(film, colloquial) A genre of exaggerated martial arts films made primarily in Hong Kong and Taiwan during the 1960s and 1970s”
en.wiktionary.org/wiki/chopsocky
(B) The www.m-w.com also lists it as a noun, adds “often attributive” and gives an example “a chop–socky star.”
(vii) The reviewer is confused about various characters for Mao.

(e) “The six vehicles newly packaged as Shout! Factory’s ‘The Angela Mao Ying Collection’ are mediocre at best (not much poetry in the pulp), but they demonstrate the actress’s appeal. Whether playing a Chinese supporter of Koreans oppressed by the Japanese in ‘When Taekwondo Strikes’ (1973), a Taipei policewoman in the enjoyably cheesy “Stoner” (1974) (opposite a onetime Bond, George Lazenby), a kung fu instructor battling the triads in ‘The Tournament’ (1974) or an avenging angel in ‘Broken Oath’ (1977) — the best of the lot and an apparent inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Kill Bill’ — Ms Mao can always be relied upon for a quick transformation from demure maiden into the fierce embodiment of social justice.”
(i) The Angela Mao Ying Collection. Shout! Factory, June 17, 2014 (release date)
www.shoutfactory.com/product/angela-mao-ying-collection("this six-movie set")
(ii) Shout! Factory
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shout!_Factory
(Founded 2003; Headquarters Los Angeles)
(iii) vehicle (n):
“3:  a medium through which something is expressed, achieved, or displayed <an investment vehicle>; especially
:  a work created especially to display the talents of a particular performer”
www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vehicle
(iv) When Taekwondo Strikes
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_Taekwondo_Strikes
(also known as Sting of the Dragon Masters)

Chinese title: 跆拳震九州
(v) For Stoner, see The Shrine of Ultimate Bliss  鐵金剛大破紫陽觀
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shrine_of_Ultimate_Bliss
(also known as Stoner; a 1974 Hong Kong film; “It was originally scheduled to be Bruce Lee's next film after Game of Death 死亡遊戲. However Lee died while filming Game of Death in 1973 and that film's release date was delayed by five years”)
(vi) George Lazenby
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lazenby
(1939- ; Australian; "best known for portraying James Bond in the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. He remains the only actor to have played the role in only one Eon Productions film")
(vii) The Tournament  中泰拳壇生死戰 (a 1974 Hong Kong film)
(viii) Broken Oath  破戒
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_Oath

(f) “Less charismatic than Feng HSU 徐 楓 [born 1950 in Taipei] , not as glamorous as Brigitte LIN 林青霞, Ms Mao was a superb athlete. Her movies, largely choreographed by Sammo HUNG 洪金寶 [born 1952 in Hong Kong], are heavy on amplified thuds and light on wires. Reviewing ‘Deadly China Doll’ (1973), not included here, but one of the few Mao vehicles noted by The Times, Lawrence Van Gelder characterized her as ‘the Billie Jean King [the tennis player] of kung fu films.’  Once Ms Mao puts on her game face, there are moments — like the dozen continuous back flips she appears to execute in ‘The Tournament’ — that might startle an Olympic gymnast.”
(i) Deadly China Doll  黑路 or 驚天龍虎豹
(ii) game face (n): “North American[:]  A neutral or serious facial expression, as displayed by a sports player or gambler”
www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/de ... n_english/game-face
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