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Making of A Martial Arts Film

Making of A Martial Arts Film

Monday 2 June 2008, by I-WEI LI


“Superman is a myth, Bruce Lee was real. He was the closest to a Superman in real life.”

It all started with my desire of wanting to be able to do cartwheels. Against all the odds, I tried and tried. I never succeeded but came close. I want to be able to experience the sensation of superhuman power and extraordinary robustness by physically reconstructing myself as a martial artist. I choose film to remodel myself, to offer a sense of my capabilities.

In this short film (9:04), my identity is taken into fantasy. In reality, I am often marginalized or subjected to a stereotypical view because of my ‘foreign’ appearance. This often restricts the possibility of an intimate relationship. This is why I expose myself. I am trying to achieve what might be an unattainable goal.

The inherent failures within this process (Making of a Martial Arts Film) are documented and interwoven to create a symbiosis, a dialectic between experience and expression. The film highlights the ground between the possibility and impossibility of fulfilling an aspiration. At each moment, there is a dialogue between process, concept, and result.



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