Alex Billington serves up the second trailer for Stephen Fung’s ‘Tai Chi o’ film. While some comments predict this will be bad film, context is key. The film clearly takes the conventions of the martial arts film and intends to subvert them. By incorporating steampunk elements in to the film, Fung’s project takes the Chinese martial arts film out of the familar premodern era and incorporates modernity into the mix. Although a film like Let the Bullets Fly is not a martial arts film, it has the same kind of aesthetic one sees in the Fung trailer: an updating of familar film tropes.
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