Rex Koo, a Hong Kong born visual artist, is enthusiastic about pop culture, particularly Hong Kong movies, since he was a child. His style is deeply influenced by pop art and the cultures in the 1980s. He has been devoting himself to graphic design and illustration works since the Millennium. In 2013, starting his career as an independent designer. In 2015, he released his first publication, Only You Can Take Me to Get Scriptures in The West, themed on Hong Kong movie. In 2016, he followed the same theme and released Once Upon a Time– Memory of Hong Kong Cinema. In 2017, he released his third publication Bleeding and Death are Two Different Things, a book themed with blood and death scene of Hong Kong movies. Rex began to create comics in his spare time since 2018. After the attack from Typhoon Mangkhut, he began to conceive a fantasy story which using Hong Kong as a stage. It took about a year to complete the first episode of Strange Tales of Walled City. The book has won the Bronze Award at the 14th Japan International Manga Awards.
‘Someone like Jean-Luc Godard is for me intellectual counterfeit money when compared to a good Kung Fu film.’ – Werner Herzog With scene after scene that ignites the senses, Kung Fu flicks are undoubtedly one of the most popular genres in film history. Besides all the action, there is also a rhythmic and choreographed quality ingrained into every move; like a dance, Kung Fu is a pure and clean-cut delivery of visuals that transcends language and words. Just like a memorable line from a movie, the incredible moves and heroes are forever etched into the hearts of Kung Fu fanatics and movie junkies alike. As the fourth picture book of Hong Kong-based artist Rex Koo, ‘I KNOW KUNG FU’ chronicles a selection of films from Hong Kong's golden age of cinema in Rex's signature illustrative style. Aside from plenty of Kung Fu films and techniques, this book also showcases more than 40 of Rex's favourite martial arts actors from the past to the present.
- Format: Hardback
- Number of pages: 308pp
- Dimensions: 185 x 255mm
- Publishing House: Viction Workshop Limited (Hong Kong)
- Date of publication: December 2022
- Language: Traditional Chinese and English