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What I learened from Johnny To last night

I've been a long time fan of action cinema. I became hooked on the martial arts movies of the 1980s, when Sho Kosugi was making a serious of ninja movies. The result of this discovery of movies like Enter the Ninja, Pray for Death, and the hilarious Nine Deaths of the Ninja was finding the martail arts section of my local video store. There I rented dozens of Hong Kong movies that were poorly dubbed, but occasionally contained the most amazing fight sequences I'd ever seen. I felt elated watching these movies and probably contributed to my own enthusiasm for ballet and I even took some tai kwon do at that time.

Sadly American action cinema probably has never been as well crafted as it is in Hong Kong. This isn't due to lack of great fight choreography, since many of the best have been imported from Hong Kong, but simply due to inadequacies in filmmaking. This has never been so apparent as it was last night when watching Breaking News (2004) by Johnny To. The opening…