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65 KFMG Podcast End of Year Show 2020 with Mike Fury
Put on your face-mask, pour yourself a drink and settle into our annual end-of-year podcast from your friends at Kung Fu Movie Guide. 2020 has been a particularly strange and challenging year for many of us, but the show must go on! Join your host, Ben Johnson, and the author of Life of Action Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, Mike Fury, as they dissect the year's biggest stories from the world of martial arts movies, exchange a few Christmas presents, read out some of your comments, and share their personal top five films from the year. Did we miss one of your faves? If so, let us know in the comments on our website and via our social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (links below). You can also email the show on email@example.com. Additional audio support on this episode provided by George Dennis. A huge thank you to all the Fu followers around the world for your support in 2020, and we wish you all a very merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a happy new year.
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Mike Fury's website: https://www.mikefury.net/
Buy 'Life of Action' Vol. I and Vol. II: https://www.mikefury.net/shop
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Mike Fury on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themikefury/
'Life of Action' on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lifeofactionbook/
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Listen to our previous End of Year Shows: 2017 (http://bit.ly/KFMGPodEndOfYearShow2017); 2018 (https://bit.ly/KFMGPodEOYShow2018); 2019 (http://bit.ly/KFMGPodEndOfYearShow2019)
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64 KFMG Podcast Bruce Lee at 80: Legacy of the Dragon
On 27 November 2020, the martial arts superstar and pop culture icon Bruce Lee would have celebrated his 80th birthday. To commemorate the occasion, we have put together this bonus podcast featuring a range of voices from across our five seasons, exploring the legacy of the 'Little Dragon' and the impact he continues to have in society, media, and the world of martial arts. Bruce Lee was only 32 when he died in 1973, but in the 47 years since his death, his star has not waned. In fact, judging by the range of new films, TV shows, books and documentaries inspired by his life, Bruce Lee's fame is now more prevalent than ever. On this compilation show, you will hear from his daughter, Shannon Lee, on why she thinks her father's legacy continues to inspire and influence people from all over the world. You will hear from his good friend and co-star, Bob Wall, and his goddaughter, Diana Lee Inosanto, on Bruce Lee's impact on the fighting arts and, in particular, his role in the development of today's hugely popular sport of mixed martial arts. You will also hear from action stars including Scott Adkins, Loren Avedon, Jean-Paul Ly and Jerry Trimble who explain the impact Lee has had on their lives and careers.
This episode features the song 'Theme from Enter the Dragon (Main title)' composed by Lalo Schifrin, copyright 1973 Warner Music Inc., available to buy now via Warner Music Group. Link to purchase: https://music.apple.com/us/album/enter-the-dragon-original-motion-picture-soundtrack/375639617
This episode includes an audio clip from 'Bruce Lee: The Lost Interview', recorded 9 December 1971 for 'The Pierre Berton Show'. Please find full interview on YouTube: https://youtu.be/uk1lzkH-e4U
Shannon Lee's book, 'Be Water, My Friend: The True Teachings of Bruce Lee', published by Flatiron, is available now via Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Be-Water-My-Friend-Teachings/dp/1846046661
Follow the official Bruce Lee social media accounts on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/brucelee/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/brucelee) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BruceLee/).
Bruce Lee profile on Kung Fu Movie Guide: http://bit.ly/BruceLeeKFMG
TAKE PART IN OUR 2020 END OF YEAR SHOW
Let us know your favourite martial arts action films of the year and why and your comments could be read out on the show. Please find a list of films released in 2020 on our website: https://bit.ly/KFMGPodEndOfYearShow2020.
We have 3 x Blu-rays of the 1993 Hong Kong classic, The Bride with White Hair, and 3 x Blu-rays of the 2019 Chinese animated fantasy, White Snake, to give away in this month's competition. Full competition details will be announced in our next newsletter, released 30 November. Sign-up to our newsletter via our website (http://bit.ly/KFMGhome) to be in with a chance of winning. Good luck!
63 KFMG Podcast Benny "The Jet" Urquidez
Martial arts legend Benny "The Jet" Urquidez was born into a fighting family. His father was a boxer; his mother, a professional wrestler. The second youngest of nine siblings, Benny had to fight to be heard, adapting quickly to the martial arts until, by the age of 14, he had received the first of many black belts across a number of different fighting styles. In the 1970s, he pioneered full-contact karate, which was later termed 'American kickboxing', paving the way for the sport in the USA. He remained undefeated throughout his 27-year professional martial arts career, and is the only fighter to have retained six world titles across five weight divisions. On top of all this, he has also enjoyed great success in the film world as an actor, fight choreographer and trainer, coaching huge stars like John Cusack, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Patrick Swayze. His groundbreaking work with Jackie Chan in the Hong Kong action comedies Wheels on Meals (1984) and Dragons Forever (1988) is considered by many as one of the best displays of hard-hitting, breathtaking fight choreography ever captured on celluloid. His intense, intimidating presence on-screen is in direct contrast to his humble, open, and spiritual persona in real life, as demonstrated in this conversation, recorded in April 2020 at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Benny has always seen sparring as an opportunity to learn and pass on new skills. His own style, Ukidokan, means 'way of life', accurately summing up his own philosophical approach to the martial arts. Its a road he continues to travel and, now aged 68, he still shows no sign of slowing down. This show is the last in the current season of podcasts. The podcast will return in December for our 2020 End of Year Show.
Benny Urquidez's website: https://bennythejet.com/
Benny Urquidez on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realbennythejet/
Benny Urquidez on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BennyTheJetUrquidez/
Benny Urquidez on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/BennyTheJetUrquidez
Fight scene with Jackie Chan from 'Wheels on Meals' (1984): https://youtu.be/MOjzADJxihA
Fight scene with Jackie Chan from 'Dragon Forever' (1988): https://youtu.be/DsUclzcY8HE
Benny Urquidez profile on Kung Fu Movie Guide: http://bit.ly/ProfileBennyTheJetUrquidez
We have 3 digital copies of 'Legacy of Lies' - starring Scott Adkins - and 3 DVDs of 'The Driver' - starring Mark Dacascos - to give away in this month's competition. Sign-up to our newsletter at http://kungfumovieguide.com/ to be in with a chance of winning. Full competition details will be announced in our next newsletter, released 31 October. Sign-up now and good luck! 'Legacy of Lies' is available now in the UK courtesy of Signature Entertainment. 'The Driver' is available now in the UK courtesy of Lionsgate.
62 KFMG Podcast Joe Taslim
Joe Taslim always wanted to be an actor, even before he became a martial artist. Growing up poor in South Sumatra, Indonesia, his family only took him to judo lessons because they were free. With his dad as his coach, he would go on to become a national judo champion in a career spanning well over a decade. Ironically, it was his skills in the martial arts which would eventually lead him back to his true passion - acting - when his breakthrough role as the tough special forces sergeant Jaka in Gareth Evans' smash-hit film, 'The Raid: Redemption' (2011), saw him become an overnight sensation. Joe has since enjoyed success in multiple territories; in Indonesia, where he has worked consistently with the Uwais fight team on projects including the violent masterpiece, 'The Night Comes for Us' (2018), and the action comedy, 'Hit & Run' (2019); in Hollywood, where he has collaborated with the producer and director, Justin Lin, on 'Fast & Furious 6' (2013), 'Star Trek Beyond' (2016), and the TV series, 'Warrior', based on the writings of Bruce Lee; and now in South Korea, where he has made his acting debut in the period martial arts film, 'The Swordsman' (2020). In 2021, Joe will continue to make great strides into the Hollywood action mainstream with his turn as Sub-Zero in the new big-screen adaptation of the hit video game, 'Mortal Kombat'. It is his role as Li Yong in 'Warrior' which is currently bringing Joe the most joy, allowing him the freedom to express his full range of acting and action abilities, as well as providing the opportunity to truly develop his antihero character. He says he would jump at the chance to return to the show, should it be recommissioned for a third season. In the meantime, however, it seems the world is Joe's for the taking. 'Warrior' Season Two is screening now in the USA on the Cinemax network, with both seasons moving soon onto the streaming platform, HBO Max.
Joe Taslim on IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3029144/
Joe Taslim on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joe_taslim/
Joe Taslim on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joetaslim.page/
'Warrior' theme by Reza Safinia and H. Scott Salinas. Download the soundtrack on Amazon Music: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Warrior-Cinemax-Original-Soundtrack-Clean/dp/B07TDSYY44
'Warrior' Season Two trailer: https://youtu.be/V_wSj_1fWtY
'The Raid: Redemption' review on Kung Fu Movie Guide: http://bit.ly/TheRaidKFMG
'The Night Comes for Us' review on Kung Fu Movie Guide: http://bit.ly/TheNightComesForUsKFMG
61 KFMG Podcast Larnell Stovall
When martial artist Larnell Stovall first saw the film Blade in 1998, it was a lightbulb moment. But it wasn't the actions of Wesley Snipes as the titular kick-ass vampire hunter which would spark a sudden interest in wanting to work in the movies; it was the actions of the people Wesley was beating up. Feeling inspired, Larnell took a bus from New Orleans to Hollywood armed only with his martial arts skills and the dream of making it in the stunt world. It wasn't long before he caught the attention of Chad Stahelski and David Leitch - owners of 87eleven Action Design - which would prove to be his ticket to the big-time, working as a fight choreographer and stunt coordinator on some of the biggest and best martial arts movies of recent times, including Undisputed 3: Redemption (2010), Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012), and work with fellow karate expert, Michael Jai White, including Falcon Rising (2014) and his Never Back Down sequels. He has worked in India - most notably as the award-winning action director on Sultan (2016), one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time. Larnell has also made in-roads into the mainstream, acting as stunt coordinator on films like Ride Along (2014) and Creed (2015). In recent years, he has worked on some of Netflix's biggest shows, including the first season of Altered Carbon (2018) and Titans - a gritty take on the Teen Titans comic book, now entering its third season. Titans has provided Larnell with the opportunity to move into directing, mirroring a similar career trajectory to his buddies at 87eleven. He has the skills, the experience, and the creativity; and we cannot wait to see what Larnell cooks up next.
Larnell Stovall on IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1277586/
Larnell Stovall on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stovallactiondesign/
Larnell Stovall on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LStovall123
Larnell Stovall on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/larnell.stovall
Kung Fu Movie Guide review - Undisputed 3: Redemption: http://bit.ly/UndisputedIII
Kung Fu Movie Guide review - Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning: http://bit.ly/UniversalSoldierDayOfReckoning
Kung Fu Movie Guide review - Falcon Rising: http://bit.ly/FalconRising
Kung Fu Movie Guide review - Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown: http://bit.ly/NeverBackDown2
Kung Fu Movie Guide review - Never Back Down: No Surrender: http://bit.ly/NeverBackDownNoSurrender
60 KFMG Podcast Rocky Taylor
At 75, Rocky Taylor is known as Britain's oldest stunt performer. A day before this podcast was recorded, he was doing doughnut spins in his car and setting himself on fire. In the last year alone, his stunt credits include Spider-Man: Far from Home and Angel Has Fallen. Rocky has sustained his long career (six decades and counting) by being something of an all-rounder: high-falls, horses, cars, sword fights and punch-ups. He has doubled for some of the biggest names in British film and television, from Patrick Macnee in the hit 1960s TV show, The Avengers, to Sean Connery and Roger Moore. His credits include work in the Bond franchise, Titanic, Evita (as stunt coordinator), and the Harry Potter series. As a judo expert from a young age, it was the martial arts which would provide Rocky with his first big break in the movies: training the singer Cliff Richard for the 1961 musical film, The Young Ones. Performing at a time when safety on film sets was less rigorous than it is today, Rocky has narrowly avoided death on numerous occasions; the most serious of which being an accident on the set of Death Wish 3 in 1985. This life-changing event inspired the title of his memoir, Jump Rocky Jump, co-authored by Jon Auty, which is available now from Amazon. The injuries Rocky sustained has not deterred him and he continues to enjoy a prolific and varied career, including work as a second unit director and stunt coordinator. It's a career he says he, quite literally, fell into - which may well be true - but its one he has managed to sustain through skill, hard work, and a lot of hard knocks. Long may it continue. This episode of the podcast was recorded in person in March 2020 before a lockdown imposed by the UK government following the coronavirus outbreak.
Buy 'Jump Rocky Jump' on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jump-Rocky-Taylor/dp/1910903248
Rocky Taylor on IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0853092/
Rocky Taylor on Twitter: https://twitter.com/stuntmanrocky
Rocky Taylor on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rockytaylorstuntman/
Jon Auty on Twitter: https://twitter.com/stuntcentral
Behind the Stunts on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/behindthestunts