Before Bruce Lee films broke out of Chinatowns and went mainstream, America had already fallen in love with martial arts movies. When he died, their lustre faded

Hong Kong’s kung fu movies have been popular in the United States since the early 1970s, despite being re-edited, repackaged, badly dubbed and sometimes completely ruined by American distributors.In a new and meticulously researched book, These Fists Break Bricks: How Kung Fu Movies Swept America and Changed the World, authors Grady Hendrix and Chris Poggiali detail the genre’s rise and influence in the US.The Post secured an advance copy of the book and talked to Hendrix about the time Hong…

Before Bruce Lee films broke out of Chinatowns and went mainstream, America had already fallen in love with martial arts movies. When he died, their lustre faded
Hong Kong’s kung fu movies have been popular in the United States since the early 1970s, despite being re-edited, repackaged, badly dubbed and sometimes completely ruined by American distributors.In a new and meticulously researched book, These Fists Break Bricks: How Kung Fu Movies Swept America and Changed the World, authors Grady Hendrix and Chris Poggiali detail the genre’s rise and influence in the US.The Post secured an advance copy of the book and talked to Hendrix about the time Hong…