These Fists Break Bricks by Grady Hendrix audiobook

These Fists Break Bricks: How Kung Fu Movies Swept America and Changed the World

By  Grady Hendrix  and Chris Poggiali
Narrated by Grady Hendrix

Recorded Books, Inc. 9781736891605

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781705017487

  • ISBN: 9781665029100

Runtime: 7.44 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

EXPLODING FISTS … BREAKING BOUNDARIES … DEFYING ODDS … BONE-BLASTING … SPINE-SHATTERING … BOX-OFFICE-BUSTING …

When a Hollywood studio released Five Fingers of Death to thrill-seeking Times Square moviegoers in 1973, only a handful of Black and Asian audience members knew the difference between an Iron Fist and an Eagle’s Claw. That changed overnight as Five Fingers kicked off a kung fu craze that would earn millions at the box office, send TV ratings soaring, influence the birth of hip hop, reshape the style of action we see in movies today, and introduce America to some of the biggest non-white stars to ever hit motion picture screens.

This book tells the spine-shattering story of how these films of fury came to America and raised hell until greed, infomercials, and racist fearmongering shut them down.

It’s about an 11-year-old boy who not only created the first fan edit but somehow turned it into a worldwide moneymaker, CIA agents secretly funding a karate movie, the New York Times fabricating a fear campaign about black “karate gangs” out to kill white people, the history of black martial arts in America, the death of Bruce Lee and the onslaught of imitators that followed, and how a fight that started in Japanese internment camps during World War II ended in a ninja movie some 40 years later.

It’s a battle for recognition and respect that started a long, long time ago and continues to this day in movies like The Matrix, Kill Bill, and Black Panther. Here, for the first time, is the full uncensored story.

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Author Bio: Grady Hendrix

Author Bio: Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix is a novelist and screenwriter based in New York City whose novels have won wide acclaim. Horrorstör was named one of the best books of 2014 by National Public Radio, and Paperbacks from Hell won the Bram Stoker Award.

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Author Bio: Chris Poggiali

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Available Formats : Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Drama/Performing Arts
Runtime: 7.44
Audience: Adult
Language: English