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Welcome to the Kung Fu Movie Guide Podcast. Listen to exclusive, in-depth interviews with actors, stunt performers, directors, choreographers and writers discussing their careers and their passion for martial arts cinema. Hosted by Ben Johnson, the creator of kungfumovieguide.com. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and may Buddha bless you!

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Welcome to the Kung Fu Movie Guide Podcast. Listen to exclusive, in-depth interviews with actors, stunt performers, directors, choreographers and writers discussing their careers and their passion for martial arts cinema. Hosted by Ben Johnson, the creator of kungfumovieguide.com. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and may Buddha bless you!

    49 KFMG Podcast End of Year Show 2019

    49 KFMG Podcast End of Year Show 2019

    Welcome to our annual, festive End of Year Show for 2019, featuring the Life of Action author and fight movie expert, Mike Fury. It has been another action-packed and diverse year for martial arts movies, from off-beat indie comedies (The Art of Self-Defense) to big Hollywood franchise-based actioners (Hobbs and Shaw, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum), not to mention the return of the traditional Hong Kong kung fu movie (Master Z, Ip Man 4). Scott Adkins went ballistic in Avengement; the world's biggest martial arts stars squared off in Triple Threat; and Veronica Ngo turned in a star-making performance as a kick-ass mother hellbent on finding her daughter in Furie; but which film will come out on top?

    Join us as we count down our personal top five martial arts films from the year, as well as reading out comments submitted by our listeners. We also talk about the worst martial arts films of the year, discuss the stories which hit the headlines, and highlight the movies we are most looking forward to in 2020. And - because it's the festive season - we exchange a few film-related Christmas presents, and raise a toast to all the Fu followers around the world who have supported us over the years. This is the last in the current season of podcasts. Thank you for your continued support in 2019 and we wish you a very enjoyable, relaxing and happy holiday season. Mike Fury's new book, 'Life of Action Volume II', will be released in February 2020, and you can pre-order it now via the link below.

    LINKS
    Pre-order Life of Action Volume II: https://www.mikefury.net/shop/life-of-action-book-ii
    Mike Fury's website: https://www.mikefury.net/
    Mike Fury on Twitter: https://twitter.com/themikefury
    Life of Action on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lifeofactionbook/

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    48 KFMG Podcast Jude Poyer

    48 KFMG Podcast Jude Poyer

    On his very first day working on a Hong Kong action film set, Jude Poyer saw someone rushed to hospital when a stunt went badly wrong. Instead of seeing this as a bad omen, Jude - who had relocated to Hong Kong at the age of 18 to follow his dreams of working in martial arts movies - stayed in Hong Kong, where he would be based for the next eight years, working with some of the biggest names in kung fu cinema: people like Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Jet Li, Corey Yuen, Tony Ching, Stephen Tung Wei and Vincent Zhao. The decline of Hong Kong cinema saw Jude return home to the United Kingdom, where his credits as a stunt coordinator, action director, fight choreographer and stunt performer now number in the hundreds; from Free Fire to Final Score, Star Wars to Transformers.

    In more recent years, it has been his work with the Welsh-born director of The Raid, Gareth Evans, which has seen him operate in an entirely new and refreshing context, particularly for UK independent cinema; from the twisted gothic horror of Apostle (2018) to the upcoming HBO series, Gangs of London. Their new film together, Havoc, is currently in pre-production and will see Evans return to the type of action which made him an international name. In this wide-ranging conversation, we discuss the enduring legacy and power of classic Hong Kong action films, how to sustain a career in the stunt industry, the ups and downs of working in the UK, and just how the heck they made that relentless gun-fu church fight in Kingsman.

    LINKS

    Jude Poyer's website: http://www.reelpowerstunts.com/
    Jude Poyer's IMDb page: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0694706/
    Jude Poyer on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reelpowerstunts/; Twitter: https://twitter.com/reelpowerstunts; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ReelPowerStunts/
    'Drug Den Master', directed by Jude Poyer: https://youtu.be/b1v4g0imWuU
    'Kingsman' church fight scene (explicit!): https://youtu.be/t1WWDBTda2Y

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    47 KFMG Podcast Chris Collins

    47 KFMG Podcast Chris Collins

    When ex-US Marine and martial arts instructor Chris Collins took his Wing Chun pupils to see the film Ip Man 3 in 2015, he joked that he would be appearing in the next film in the Ip Man series - if another sequel was ever made. Fast-forward several months and Chris is sitting in front of director Wilson Yip, who is offering him a role in the fourth and final instalment of the hit kung fu movie series starring Donnie Yen. Chris, who plays one of the villains in the film, says his rapid rise in the Hong Kong film industry is because of his intense focus and determination to achieve his goals, honed after serving nine years in the US Marine Corps. As a combat specialist, Chris toured the globe learning the fighting arts from some of the world's toughest martial artists, using this knowledge to inform the marine training programme. He still teaches martial arts to this day from his base in Hong Kong and his satellite schools around the world, instructing in mostly boxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, Filipino weapons systems and Wing Chun. It was his role as a fight trainer, stunt performer and choreographer which eventually saw him befriend and work with some of the Hong Kong film industry's top talent.

    On this episode, listen to Chris share his fascinating life story; from being the bullied son of Chinese-American parents growing up in a predominantly white neighbourhood in Ohio and Florida, to joining the army and fighting in some of the US military's most intense conflicts. We also discuss his love of Hong Kong, and how the movies saved him after he stepped away from the competitive fighting circuit; a career decision which has seen him work with the likes of Tony Jaa and Sammo Hung in 2017's Paradox, and Donnie Yen and Scott Adkins in 2019's Ip Man 4. We also highlight his many upcoming projects, one of which is Benny Chan's Raging Fire, which also stars Donnie Yen. Ip Man 4 will be released on 20 December in China and 25 December in the USA, courtesy of Well Go USA. Find out more about Chris Collins via the links below.

    LINKS
    Chris Collins' website: http://www.chriscollinsaction.com/
    Introduction to Chris Collins on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Yvv7IldGw6I
    Chris Collins on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sifuchriscollins/
    Chris Collins on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisCollinsWT/
    Chris Collins on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SifuChrisCollins
    Ip Man 4 Chinese trailer: https://youtu.be/W6kENxxxLVI
    Ip Man 4 USA release information: https://www.wellgousa.com/films/ip-man-4-the-finale

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    46 KFMG Podcast Jason Tobin

    46 KFMG Podcast Jason Tobin

    As a lifelong fan of Bruce Lee, the chance to play a starring role in HBO's Warrior TV series - based on a story by the late kung fu movie star and executive produced by his daughter, Shannon Lee - was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And he relishes every scene in his role as Young Jun; the entitled, violent, and arrogant heir to Chinatown's Hop Wei gang, a criminal syndicate operating in late 1870s San Francisco at the height of the Tong Wars. Jason Tobin adds heart, nuance and depth to the character through his brotherly friendship with new Hop Wei recruit, Ah Sahm (played by fellow British actor, Andrew Koji). A sexy, heady mix of political drama, racial tension and great fight scenes, the series has been heralded as one of the best TV shows of 2019 by Rolling Stone and has found a devoted audience since first airing on Cinemax in April 2019. Season two is now in post-production with a third season in development, while the first season is available right now on Blu-ray in the USA.

    Born in Hong Kong, educated in the UK, and living in Los Angeles from the age of 18, Jason sees acting as the perfect way to 'honestly express oneself' - to paraphrase the words of his hero, Bruce Lee - and tell the kinds of stories he wants to tell. He does this not just through his own work as an actor, but also as a writer and director. In this episode, we discuss his theories on acting, his long-standing friendship with the filmmaker Justin Lin (who gave Jason his first breakout role in 2002's Better Luck Tomorrow), his appearances in many Hong Kong and American action movies - from Beverly Hills Ninja to The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift - to his excellent performance in Warrior. Keep up-to-date with all the latest Jason Tobin news by following him on Twitter and Instagram.

    LINKS:
    Jason Tobin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jsntbn/
    Jason Tobin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jsntbn
    Buy Warrior on Blu-ray via Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VJWW5G8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07VJWW5G8&linkCode=as2&tag=cionfiascire-20&linkId=f96e3fa75d087b7939d6750d8ef6c821
    This episode's podcast page: http://bit.ly/JasonTobinKFMGPod
    Shannon Lee and Andrew Koji on the Kung Fu Movie Guide Podcast: http://bit.ly/KFMGPodShannonLee

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    45 KFMG Podcast Terrence J. Brady

    45 KFMG Podcast Terrence J. Brady

    Alexander Fu Sheng would have celebrated his 65th birthday on 20 October 2019. A poster-boy for Shaw Brothers' unique brand of high-octane martial arts action films throughout the 1970s and early 80s, Fu Sheng died tragically young at the age of 28 in a car crash on his way to a night-shoot. Like Bruce Lee before him, his young death immortalised him as another tragic martial arts film star, taken too young at the height of his powers. However, unlike Lee, Fu Sheng is largely unknown outside of his native Hong Kong, with many subsequence kung fu stars taking his place and becoming household names; people like Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Donnie Yen and so on. This is partly due to the limited international distribution of many of his films. However, through the excellent work of Chinese distributor, Celestial Pictures, Fu Sheng's movies can now be enjoyed in pristine quality through DVD and streaming services - particularly Netflix and Amazon Prime, where the glory of his many classic kung fu pictures can be enjoyed by a whole new generation of fans.

    In this special commemorative episode, we talk to Fu Sheng's biographer, Terrence J. Brady, about the life and career of the much-loved film star. He made 43 complete films in only 11 years as a hard-working contract actor at the Shaw Brothers studio, quickly rising in the ranks to become one of its highest paid stars. We speak about his many iconic film roles, to working with Shaw Brothers legends like Chang Cheh and Lau Kar-leung, to his marriage to the superstar singer, Jenny Tseng, as well as detailing the events leading up to that fateful night on 7 July 1983. Terrence's book is the first English-language biography of Alexander Fu Sheng and a must-read for any Shaw Brothers movie fan.

    LINKS
    Buy the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Alexander-Fu-Sheng-Biography-Chinatown/dp/1717363679/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1539829233&sr=8-10
    More information: http://www.teako170.com/fushengbio.html
    Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1203346679706951
    Jenny Tseng and Alexander Fu Sheng singing 'You Don't Have to Be a Star To Be in My Show' live on TVB: https://youtu.be/t51dhR6CRKg
    Alexander Fu Sheng profile: http://bit.ly/ProfileAlexanderFuSheng

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    44 KFMG Podcast Heidi Moneymaker

    44 KFMG Podcast Heidi Moneymaker

    When Hollywood stunt performer Heidi Moneymaker was asked to flip a car three times in mid-air while doubling for the actor Saoirse Ronan in the 2013 film, The Host, she approached the job in much the same way she approaches all other aspects of her work: fearlessly.

    Heidi is the real deal. Operating in the shadows, she is a genuine action hero who has entertained millions around the world in some of Hollywood's most successful films (from the Fast and Furious franchise to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, John Wick, The Hunger Games and too many more to mention). She has doubled the likes of Drew Barrymore, Michelle Rodriguez, Ruby Rose and Julianne Moore, but it is her decade-long partnership with Scarlett Johansson which propelled the former gymnast into the limelight, following her work in helping to shape the movements of Marvel's high-kicking super-spy, Black Widow. As she explains in this episode, she feels intrinsically attached to the character, having brought Black Widow to life in (so far) seven films; from Iron Man 2 (2010) to Avengers: Endgame (2019).

    In recent years, Heidi can increasingly be found behind the camera. She spent six months training the Oscar-winning actor Halle Berry for her action-heavy role as an assassin in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) - continuing her long-running association with the Los Angeles-based stunt collective and production company, 87eleven - and she has successfully moved into stunt coordinating with the ambition to eventually direct. But what would be her dream project? Listen to our chat to find out, as well as discovering many more revelations, from fitness and nutrition tips to advice on how to survive - and thrive - in the Hollywood film industry.

    LINKS

    Follow Heidi Moneymaker on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/heidimoneymaker/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/heidimoney). Find out more about Heidi Moneymaker's fitness business, Fierce Lotus, via the website, https://fiercelotus.com/, and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/fiercelotus/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/fierce_lotus).

    Visit this episode's page on the Kung Fu Movie Guide website - http://bit.ly/KFMGPodHeidiMoneymaker.

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