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功夫 Kung Fu

Posted on 2012.01.22 at 09:30
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Streaming Netflix on my television has greatly influenced my life these past couple of months, and I'll tell you why - kung fu. Lots and lots of kung fu movies. I've seen more kung fu movies these past two months than I've seen in the collective entirely of my life. And it makes me want to watch more.

Like the old black and white series The Rifleman I used to watch as a kid. One man, with a clear sense of right and wrong combating those who would take advantage of others. So it is with kung fu. Eastern Westerns. Using kung fu as the vehicle to tell the story of the honor of ethics. And how those who misuse kung fu always lose in the end.

Its one of those things I've taught my children from a very young age. That good will always triumph over evil. But that it won't happen on its own. It takes strength and courage, and a belief in yourself. That evil is dumb, because its finite, and allows no room for cultivation. Evil is short-term.

Watching kung fu makes me want to start practicing my taeguek forms again.

And think about positivity triumphing over happiness.



suzanne1945 at 2012-01-22 17:22 (UTC) (Link)
I avidly watched the Kung Fu TV series back in the 70's. It greatly influenced my outlook on life.
ehowton at 2012-01-26 18:44 (UTC) (Link)
Have you seen Kill Bill I & II?

Just wondering.
suzanne1945 at 2012-01-26 19:11 (UTC) (Link)
No, I don't think we have. It seems we looked at renting I at one point, but we didn't get it.
ehowton at 2012-01-27 16:09 (UTC) (Link)
Its pop-art swordfighting excellence. With David Carradine. As only Quentin Tarantino could pull off. And a soundtrack to match.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2012-01-22 21:17 (UTC) (Link)
"Deal with evil from strength, but affirm the good in man through trust. In this way, we are prepared for evil, but we encourage good." ~ Master Kahn
ehowton at 2012-01-26 18:44 (UTC) (Link)
You are as wise as Master Kahn.
pcofwildthings at 2012-01-23 03:45 (UTC) (Link)
I loved Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Have you see that?

Oh, The Rifleman. Chuck Connors...I was very young, but I think he may have been one of my first movie star heroes.

I, too, watched just about every single episode of the TV series Kung Fu. I hadn't considered how influential those were, but I'm sure I absorbed the messages.
ehowton at 2012-01-26 18:45 (UTC) (Link)
Oh I have - but in like, 2000. I own it on DVD and have been chomping at the bit to watch it, Hero and The House of Flying Daggers again!
michelle1963 at 2012-01-23 14:55 (UTC) (Link)
I used to watch the old show Kung Fu with David Carradine when I was a teenager. I learned so much philosophy ~ a way of looking at life ~ that has served me well all of these years.

I know you remember the old "Everything I needed to know I learned in Kindergarten," because you did your own version. For me, it was "Everything I needed to know I learned watching Kung Fu." (Well, er..., and Star Trek, but I digress.)
ehowton at 2012-01-26 18:46 (UTC) (Link)
Not a bad philosophy!
(Anonymous) at 2012-01-27 17:45 (UTC) (Link)
Kung Fu and Star Trek...that's one seriously potent combination right there. And...pretty much covers all the bases. Not too shabby!

Do you read sci/fi at all? That's probably a stupid question, but I've learned it's always smarter to ask ^_^
michelle1963 at 2012-01-27 18:50 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I absolutely do read sci-fi.
jobu121 at 2012-01-23 16:04 (UTC) (Link)
"Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless, like water. Now put water into a cup, it becomes a cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put water into a teapot, it becomes a teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash. Be water my friend." ~ Bruce Lee

ehowton at 2012-01-26 18:46 (UTC) (Link)
Now I have to pee. Thanks!
ehowton at 2012-01-26 18:47 (UTC) (Link)
ZOMG I had forgotten completely about that! (Filmed in Irving, TX when I lived there, yes it was!)

codekitten at 2012-01-27 16:06 (UTC) (Link)
well that's a fun piece of trivia!

this was my only Kung Fu reference i could think of :)

(edited to add, obviously my "Kung Foo" spelling exemplifies my lack of Kung Fu knowledge! ha!)

Edited at 2012-01-27 04:08 pm (UTC)
ehowton at 2012-01-27 16:11 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that cracked me up. I was thinking egg foo young.
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ehowton at 2012-01-26 18:48 (UTC) (Link)
I hope so. My son is all goth and like, "Evil rules, innit?" Or something. Anyway, thanks.

And yes, I saw that it was on Netflix - if I haven't already added it to my queue I will - thanks!
ehowton at 2012-01-27 17:37 (UTC) (Link)
OMG that one! Yes -we watched it several nights ago. Very weird - all two and a half freaking hours of it! Very artsy.
(Anonymous) at 2012-01-27 17:43 (UTC) (Link)
Yes! That movie is a total trip, all the way down to the musical fight scenes. I <3 that movie so much :D

I especially loved how Josh Hartnett's character got down with the boxing scenes. They had some pretty decent choreography in the movie!

On a side note, do you watch Mortal Combat?
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