Tinabot is a writer, teacher, and ninja. She and her students write and publish their work. Her debut teen kung fu romance novel The Legend of Phoenix Mountain is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
The latest installment of the Ip Man film was already exciting enough in and of itself. Add on top of that the fact that Mike Tyson is in it, and with a face off with Donnie Yen no less, and we’ve got a martial arts movie legend made before it hits the screens. Often with martial arts movies, we have to put up with stupid story lines and shallow characters just to narratively string a […] Continue »
Cung Le in Into The Badlands. Into The Badlands Season 1, Episode 6: “Hand of Five Poisons” Original airdate December 20, 2015. Synopsis Sunny tries to buy passage for himself, Veil, and M.K. by bringing a false head to the River King. He’s supposed to kill M.K., but kills a lookalike instead. They have to leave that evening, but Veil confronts Sunny about her parents killing, confirming that Sunny stood by and did nothing as […] Continue »
A couple years ago, a friend showed me a Ronda Rousey fight promotion video for Strikeforce and introduced me to Gina Carano‘s movie Haywire. It made me wonder if there were any Asian American women in mixed martial arts, so I started looking, and the first one I found was Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson. Just her name wasn’t enough to cue me in on the fact that she was of Thai descent. I saw […] Continue »
Baron Quinn’s Second Wife Jade. Into The Badlands Season 1, Episode 5: “Snake Creeps Down” Original airdate December 13, 2015. Synopsis Quinn’s son Ryder tries to find out more about the mysterious city beyond the Badlands that M.K. is from and seeks out his mother’s father for information. Quinn’s brain tumor gets worse, and since he’s lost his Cog workers, he has his warrior Clippers work the field to bring in the crop. M.K. and […] Continue »
Stephen Fung at Comicon for Into The Badlands. Born in Hong Kong and graduate of the University of Michigan, Stephen Fung is a successful actor, director, and producer. He’s worked with Jackie Chan, Yuen Wo-ping (Matrix/Kill Bill), and Stephen Chow on a number of major cinematic successes in Asia and abroad. Fung is on of the executive producers of AMC’s new martial arts series Into The Badlands. 1. What is your favorite martial art? I’m […] Continue »
Baron Jacobee battles Baron Quinn. Into The Badlands, Season 1, Episode 4: “Two Tigers Subdue Dragons” Original airdate December 6, 2015. Synopsis The Widow gathers her troops while the Baron tries to cure the tumor in his brain with Veil’s help. Sunny continues to train M.K., especially trying to explore how to control his strange power. The Widow attacks another baron Jacobee’s gold transport to set Quinn and Jacobee against each other. When the two […] Continue »
Daniel Wu as “Sunny” in Into the Badlands. Born and raised a north Californian, Daniel Wu is an American actor of Shanghainese descent. It was Jet Li’s The Shaolin Temple that inspired him to study wushu. After college in Oregon, he traveled to Hong Kong and unexpectedly starting working in show business and has since been in many films in Asia. Currently, Wu is the star of AMC’s martial arts television series, Into the Badlands. […] Continue »
Tilda Into The Badlands, Season 1, Episode 3: “White Stork Spreads Wings” Original airdate November 29, 2015. Synopsis After the poppy drug baron Quinn launches a full out attack on the Widow. He succeeds in dethroning the Widow and taking over her oil-rich territory but does not succeed in killing her, hindered only by pain from the tumor in his brain. The Widow goes into hiding. In the meantime, Quinn’s son Ryder is recovering from […] Continue »
The Widow Into The Badlands, Season 1, Episode 2: “Fist Like A Bullet” Original airdate November 22, 2015. Synopsis An attempt on the life of The Widow (Emily Beeckman) reveals struggles for power between the Barons. After escaping from Baron Quinn’s (Marton Csokas) fortress, the mysterious M.K. (Aramis Knight) finds himself in The Widow’s territory. He meets Tilda (Ally Ioannides), one of The Widow’s top warriors, and they become friends. The Widow suspects M.K. could […] Continue »
Claremont McKenna College “My daughter goes to some school called Claremont McKennia…” My parents often chuckle as they reminisce about how embarrassing it was for them to tell people where I went to college, how uncomfortable our Asian family and friends felt when they wanted to praise me but had never heard of my college. In fact, my parents had refused to let me go there at first because they had never heard of it. […] Continue »
Into The Badlands, Season 1, Episode 1: “The Fort” Original airdate November 15, 2015. Synopsis The most powerful warrior of the Badlands is Sunny, a Clipper fighter for the strongest Baron in the lands, Quinn. Sunny finds that a shipment of his Baron’s servant Cogs has been attacked, so he investigates and finds out that a band of Nomads had been hired by a competing Baron to capture a mysterious boy named M.K. Easily defeating […] Continue »
After having gotten hooked on learning some legit Japanese for my trip to Japan last year, I’ve been rarin’ to continue my Japanese language skills for a future return trip to Kyoto study tea ceremony traditions. Thus, when given the opportunity to get a review copy of Essential Japanese Grammar by Masahiro Tandoori and Eriko Sato, I was happy to oblige. The Good One of the things I was really looking for in Japanese language […] Continue »
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