Subjects: Visual Arts, Asian American Studies, Asian Studies
Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks is a fast-paced, fist-filled feature documentary exploring the influence of Hong Kong’s martial arts cinema and how it’s shaped filmmaking from Hollywood to Uganda, from fly-by-night grindhouse fare to lavish mainstream productions - and inspired social movements across the world, from hip-hop to breakdance, Tae-bo to parkour. Featuring interviews with Hong Kong legends like Cheng Pei-Pei, Lo Meng, Sammo Hung, and Wilson Yip, along with an incredible line-up of action stars, critics, crew, and cultural commentators. Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks is the ultimate celebration of the impact Hong Kong filmmakers have had on moviemaking around the world — a celebration of the martial arts genre’s unexpected path to global domination.
About the filmmaker
Serge has a diverse and successful career as a director and has received many awards for his work. Most recently, Serge completed directing the 90 minute feature documentary The Digger (2011, History Channel) which premiered on ANZAC Day 2011. Serge has also directed the series As Australian As (2010, Bio Channel) and Blessed Mary: A Saint for All Australians (2010, History Channel) the highest rating program on the channel for 2010 and short-listed for a TV Week Logie Award. Serge's documentary For Valour (2009, History Channel) was also the highest rating show on the channel in the year of broadcast and received outstanding reviews nationally. Other work in documentary includes Icons (2007, Bio Channel) and the $1.5m multi-media theatre experience Circa for the National Museum of Australia.