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Uproar in the Studio
40 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Bonus: The Taking of Tiger Mountain
We talk about Tsui Hark’s adaptation of a Cultural Revolutionary model play, The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2014), with five-time guest, reigning champ, last King of Scotland, conqueror of all the mountains, poet Yi Wu.
50 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
We review Jackie Chan’s mid-pandemic release, Vanguard, and talk with the film’s antagonist, returning guest Brahim Chab.
37 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
This month, we talked with Professor Liang Luo of the University of Kentucky about the 2020 hit Leap, which tells the storied history of the Olympic champion Chinese women’s national volleyball team led by the legendary Lang Ping.
50 minutes | Dec 25, 2020
Bonus: My People, My Country
This month we’re talking about My People, My Country, a 2019 anthology film capturing moments of spectacle and national pride from the founding of the People’s Republic to the present. We’re joined by Michael Berry, Director of the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies.
26 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Hitchhike: Setting Out
The first episode of Hitchhike, a new podcast by Andrew Fedorov, one of Uproar’s co-hosts, featuring interviews with hitchhiking artists. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and follow on twitter @HitchhikePod.
36 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Bonus: The Climbers
We’re back with a bonus episode on Wu Jing’s 2019 should-be blockbuster, The Climbers. We’re joined by Wufei Yu, a writer for Outside and the New York Times, to talk about the movie, growing excitement for adventure sports in China, and the significance of doing an AMA on Everest.
122 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
Mask On (The Iron Mask)
We close season two with 2019’s Russian-Chinese, Jackie Chan-Arnold Schwarzenegger co-production, The Iron Mask. Lead actress Anna Churina remembers Arnold getting punched so hard he bled. Stuntman Mathieu Jaquet says Jackie’s stunt double got plastic surgery to look more like him. And stuntman and actor Paul Allica compares working on Wolf Warrior 2 to working … Continue reading Mask On (The Iron Mask) →
43 minutes | Aug 7, 2020
PS2 Deja Vu (Knight of Shadows)
This week we talk about Jackie Chan’s 2019 monster hunter fantasy The Knight of Shadows with Larson DiFiori, Visiting Assistant Professor at Brown University’s Religious Studies department. He helps us decipher the magical reality of this loose adaptation of Pu Songling’s Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio.
89 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
Ferric Andre (Bleeding Steel)
We’ve got a packed lineup: Three-time guest Lauren Teixeira picks apart the mystery of Roger Rick. The film’s composer Peng Fei tells us about how scoring for new genres in the Chinese film industry compares to playing the Royal Albert Hall. Keir Beck, stunt coordinator and second unit director, shares his insights on the making … Continue reading Ferric Andre (Bleeding Steel) →
66 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
IRA Glass (The Foreigner)
This week we talk about 2017’s The Foreigner with returning guest director Sam Hargrave, whose movie Extraction is Netflix’s biggest ever. After that is our conversation with screenwriter of the film David Marconi.
59 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
Bonus: Sky Hunter
We’re joined by Sina Rahmani, host of The East is a Podcast, for a bonus episode on 2017’s PLA blockbuster Sky Hunter. We talk about Chinese orientalism in fictional Central Asia and what it means for the Chinese film industry to pump out a string of patriotic blockbusters like it’s Reagan’s ’80s.
103 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
Indian Jones (Kung Fu Yoga)
We talk about Jackie Chan’s 2017 whirlwind through Asia, Kung Fu Yoga. We’re joined by film critic Harris Dang, legendary composer Nathan Wang, the man behind the iconic score for Rumble in the Bronx, and Tomer Oz, an actor and stuntman who’s been in nearly a third of this season’s movies.
63 minutes | Jul 10, 2020
Talk Less (Railroad Tigers)
We talk about Jackie Chan’s epic runaway train chase in 2016’s Railroad Tigers with four-time guest, reigning champ, last King of Scotland, poet Yi Wu. Then we’re joined by Michael C. Pizzuto, dubber extraordinaire, who tells us about voicing more roles in this movie than he can remember.
29 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Bonus: We Got The Lion King Guy
We talk with Rob Minkoff, director of Forbidden Kingdom and co-director of The Lion King, about what Rafiki learned from Bruce Lee, working with Jackie Chan and Jet Li, and how Chinese-American co-productions have evolved since 2008.
82 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
American Prick (Skiptrace)
We’re talking about 2016’s Jackie Chan-Johnny Knoxville buddy adventure Skiptrace. We delve into the American grifter mindset with John Maringouin, director of Ghostbox Cowboy, hear from Michael Gorevoy about a lifetime playing the bad guy, and learn how Gregory Joseph Allen prepared for the role of “American Prick.”
85 minutes | Jun 26, 2020
Parthians in the Outfield (Dragon Blade)
This week we’re talking about Jackie Chan’s peacekeeping on the Silk Road in 2015’s Dragon Blade, featuring John Cusack and Adrien Brody as The Romans. We hear about the crew’s hellacious time in the desert from the film’s composer Henry Lai and, frequent JC collaborator, actor and stuntman Brahim Chab.
33 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
Fuck The Police Story: Lockdown
We talk with Bosco Lam, Hong Konger and political science graduate student at University College London, about Police Story: Lockdown(2013) and Jackie Chan’s abhorrent long standing support for police brutality. All cops are bastards. Black lives matter. Hong Kong protests matter. Abolish the police everywhere.
79 minutes | Jun 12, 2020
Roller Man (Chinese Zodiac)
Jackie Chan plays a treasure hunter bent on recovering the 12 bronze heads stolen from the Old Summer Palace during the Opium War. We endorse anti-imperial art heists and chat with lead actress Laura Weissbecker and volcanic cinematographer Ben Nott.
66 minutes | May 29, 2020
General Jackie (1911)
In 1911, Jackie Chan’s centennial tribute to the revolution that established China’s first republic, he plays Huang Xing, the general leading the uprising on the ground while Sun Yat-sen jets around the world in search of diplomatic and financial legitimacy. We’re joined by Chinese nationalism expert Edward Friedman and three-time guest, reigning champ, poet Yi … Continue reading General Jackie (1911) →
77 minutes | May 22, 2020
Ask Mr. Han (The Karate Kid)
The 2010 Karate Kid is the inevitable clash of the Jackie and Jaden universes. We’re joined by the film’s production designer, François Séguin, Jaden’s Beijing nerf buddy, Luke Carberry, and young filmmaker Jason Chiang, who passionately vouches for this karate-less remake.
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