Kung Fu Cinema

Hong Kong cinema made a central contribution to hip hop’s early ethics and aesthetics.


After completing this assignment, students should be able to

  • Summarize the need in hip hop for the “stern discipline” advocated by Jay Z
  • Summarize the specific reasons that Jay Z gives for admiring Michael Jordan
  • Identify Jim Kelly and summarize his importance in genre crossover films
  • Summarize the points made by RZA about Hong Kong cinema’s influence on his life and music
  • Identify the films mentioned in the the RZA interview
  • Summarize the reasons that Lauren Hill, Tupac Shakur, and Kendrick Lamar are discussed in the lecture slides
  • Summarize the implications of Lamar’s comment about his Pops (found at the end of the video lecture)
  • Identify the films mentioned in the lecture slides and video




  • Kung Fu Films