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susan lok at Kung Fury: Contemporary Debates in Martial Arts Cinema
1 Apr, Birmingham City University.

susan lok speaks at Kung Fury: Contemporary Debates in Martial Arts Cinema

susan pui san lok will be presenting at the conference Kung Fury: Contemporary Debates in Martial Arts Cinema taking place on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 10am at the School of Media, Birmingham City University



In the media-congested world of YouTube, Vimeo, Netflix and other digital platforms, it is perhaps surprising that Kung Fury, a 30-minute martial arts action comedy short which pays tribute to the culture of the 1980s, could have raised $630,000 via Kickstarter, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and attracted more than 13 millions views of its trailer. 

This one day symposium in the School of Media and Birmingham City University takes the success of Kung Fury as a provocation to discuss a range of themes emerging around contemporary martial arts cinema in the digital age. Given the multiplicity of approaches to Martial Arts Studies recently set out in Paul Bowman’s field defining book Martial Arts Studies: Disrupting Disciplinary Boundaries (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015),  this is a multi-disciplinary event that includes scholars and practitioners working in all manner of theoretical, industrial, educational and methodological modes.

Confirmed Speakers

Bey Logan, author of Hong Kong Action Cinema, founder and editor of Impact magazine, and has provided, international representative of the Wong Fei Hung Museum in Foshan, Guangdong, and producer on such films as The Twins Effect, Dragon Squad, Blood Bond, Beach Spike, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: Green Destiny and Lady Bloodfight.
Susan Pui San Lok, Associate Professor, Middlesex University, Co-Investigator, AHRC BAM Project (Black Artists & Modernism) UAL/MDX.
Felicia Chan, Manchester University.
Hyunseon Lee, SOAS, University of London
Kyle Barrowman, Cardiff University
Colette Balmain, Kingston University
Tim Trausch, research associate at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne.
Oliver Carter, Birmingham City University.
Simon Barber, Birmingham City University.
Paul Bowman, Cardiff University, author of Theorizing Bruce Lee (2010), Beyond Bruce Lee (2013) and Martial Arts Studies(2015).

Topics will include:

•    Martial arts cinema and digital culture
•    Funding and distribution
•    Film festivals, marketing and promotion
•    Martial arts cinema heritage, nostalgia and memory
•    Mashups and genre busting intertextuality
•    The place of period cinema
•    Martial arts stardom and transnationality
•    Martial arts audiences and fandom

Date: Friday 1st April 2016

Location: School of Media, Birmingham City University, Parkside/Millennium Point, 5 Cardigan Street, Birmingham, B4 7BD

Organizers: Oliver Carter (oliver.carter@bcu.ac.uk), Simon Barber (Simon.Barber@bcu.ac.uk)

Funded by: The AHRC-funded Martial Arts Studies Research Network

Friday, April 1, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM (BST)
School of Media, Birmingham City University - Parkside/Millennium Point. 5 Cardigan Street. Birmingham B4 7BD GB