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Vor ein paar Monaten zeigte die Hanart TZ Gallery in Hong Kong eine Reihe handgemalter Poster aus Ghana, die vor Jahren schon rumgingen, damals mit Fokus auf 80s-Horrorschlock. Nun haben sie jede Menge großartiger Poster zu Martial Arts-Filmen ausgestellt. (Ich hab unten noch ein paar der Martial Arts-Poster aus Ghana dazugepackt, die ich mir damals lokal gesichert hatte.)
Through the martial arts film industry that began in Hong Kong in the 1970s with famed production houses like the Shaw Brothers, kung fu cinema became a worldwide phenomenon—reaching even to audiences in rural Ghana. Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Gordon Liu, all became celebrities to African audiences with their star performances in martial arts movies.
These movie poster paintings, representing what can be described as an African folk-pop style, emerged during a decade in which globalization in the specific form of martial arts movies brought the opportunity to these talented Ghanaian painters to celebrate heroes whose worlds were completely different from their own, and conceivable only through the medium of film. What is more, this was a direct Hong Kong-to-Africa transmission, without any kind of Western filtering.