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By William Acevedo, Carlos Gutiérrez, Mei Cheung

ISBN-10: 849763781X

ISBN-13: 9788497637817

“¿Les apetece leer un libro que les lleve a un mundo de códigos, leyendas y mitos sobre las artes marciales de manera histórica, rigurosa y entretenida? Si es así no duden en echarle un vistazo a Breve Historia del Kung-Fu de William Acevedo, Carlos Gutiérrez y Mei Cheung.” (Blog Historia con minúsculas)

Desde los inicios de los angeles civilización china, hasta nuestros días, el kung-fu transmite una filosofía arcana y múltiples técnicas de combate que, a través del cine, han maravillado al mundo entero.

La Breve historia de kung-fu nos descubre l. a. apasionante historia de las artes marciales chinas, unas técnicas de combate que datan más o menos de los tiempos de Fu Xi en el 2.800 a. C. Los autores nos llevan a recorrer un espectro temporal inmenso, desde los angeles prehistoria, en l. a. que adaptan las técnicas de caza para el combate, hasta los angeles actualidad, en los angeles que gracias a figuras cinematográficas como David Carradine o el mítico Bruce Lee, el kung-fu se ha convertido en universal.

Descubriremos en este libro l. a. evolución del kung-fu y su división a lo largo de los angeles historia. Comienza con una introducción en los angeles que se nos lleva desde los albores de l. a. civilización china hasta el S. XIV; después se nos cuenta, en dos vibrantes capítulos los angeles llegada de Bodhidharma al monasterio de Shaolin, los angeles verdadera historia de estos monjes guerreros, y el uso del kung-fu en el ejército bajo el mando de Yue Fei o Qi Jiguang; los siguientes capítulos nos desvelan los angeles división en los distintos estilos de este arte marcial; el capítulo seis nos lleva al periodo republicano de China y a los angeles defensa de l. a. invasión japonesa con escuadrones memorables como las Unidades de Cuchillos Largos; en los últimos capítulos conoceremos l. a. vigencia del kung-fu y su práctica bajo el gobierno comunista de China.

Razones para comprar el libro:

• Es un tema de gran actualidad que está presente no sólo en las películas de artes marciales, sino en las coreografías de todas las películas de acción.
• El tema y el estilo nos sumergen en una historia amena que se lee de un modo entretenido y veloz.
• Presenta un gran número de hechos históricos, mitos, leyendas, anécdotas y personajes tremendamente relevantes.
• Es un discurso documentado de un modo estricto que nos ayudará a aclarar algunos lugares comunes sobre el kung-fu.

Un libro importantísimo que nos aclarará el verdadero papel de los monjes de Shaolin, que nos enseñará los complicados exámenes militares imperiales, y que, en resumen, nos ayuda a comprender l. a. grandeza de esta técnica de lucha y el por qué sigue siendo real y está presente, no sólo en el cine de artes marciales, sino en l. a. vida de millones de personas.

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Like Yau’s criticism of the James Bond films, some scholars talk about the triumph of special effects over the male hero in Tsui’s early 1990s wuxia work. For instance, Ackbar Abbas (1997) argues that the real heroes here are not kung fu stars, but special effects. Based on his observation of the gradual disappearance of muscular bodies in Hong Kong popular culture from the realistic kung fu films inaugurated by Bruce Lee to Tsui Hark’s new wuxia films starring Jet Li, Kwai-cheung Lo concludes that ‘no body’ exists in ‘excessive technical prowess, over-rapid editing, breakneck-speed narration and video-game-like cinematography’ (2004: 122), and the muscle men are simply support props for the intensive effects work.

While I do not intend to deny the possible impact of particular social and psychological contexts on new wuxia cinema, I think that this somewhat clichéd reading not only disguises the rich themes and forms that new wuxia cinema has created, but also precludes the abundant reading possibilities provided for its audiences by new wuxia texts. Instead, I would like to draw attention to the ways in which new wuxia films redefine the wuxia genre and reconstruct wuxia masculinity. In the rest of this chapter, I examine three salient traits of new wuxia films, which distinguish them from previous wuxia films, that is, their parodic and hysterical textual nature, the technology-based, exaggerated visual spectacle they provide, and their fascination with gender-bending and cross-dressing.

If the writings of critics and columnists cannot be equated with the opinions of ‘actual viewers’, empirical audience research is similarly unable to offer a reliable access to ‘real audiences’ because respondents’ personal investments and researchers’ mediations and distortions always exist. Mark Jancovich uses Ien Ang’s work on Dallas as an example to demonstrate the importance of distinguishing between the activity of consuming films and the activity of talking about them. Jancovich reminds us that when people wrote to Ang about their reaction to the television series, they were fully aware that their opinion would be judged by others, thereby consciously relating their talk to a public discourse, and ‘the ideology of mass culture’ (2001: 154).

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