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Musings from the Edge of Forever

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Heroic Paintshed

I just had to interrupt my self-imposed hiatus to call attention to the most recent and rather brilliant episode of Community. For those of you unfamiliar with this NBC comedy, the premise involves a lawyer named Jeff Winger (The Soup’s Joel McHale) who is forced to attend community college when questions arise about the validity of his undergraduate degree. At Greendale Community College, he befriends a ragtag group of students, played by an wonderful ensemble cast that includes Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Allison Brie.

At this point, you may be wondering just what the heck any of this has to do with Hong Kong cinema, but I think if you take a good look at the image and the video I’ve embedded below, you’ll know immediately why the episode in question is relevant to a site called LoveHKFilm.com.

Senor Chang

Ken Jeong — probably best known from the box office smash, The Hangover — plays the school’s wacky Spanish teacher, Señor Chang. In last week’s episode, “Modern Warfare,” Greendale holds a campus-wide paintball tournament, and Chang shows up as the ringer, doing his best Mark Gor/Jeff/Tequila Yuen impression in the process. The pop culture references are flying fast and furious, as Community parodies everything from John Woo movies to Fox’s smash-hit, musical-comedy Glee… with hilarious results. Speaking of “fast and furious,” the episode was directed by two-time Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin, who also helmed Community’s equally funny Halloween-themed episode.

Okay, enough talk. Do yourself a favor and check this out.

 

*It’s come to my attention that this episode may not be available outside the U.S. Sorry, folks.

7 Responses to “Heroic Paintshed”

  1. CeeFu Says:

    Is this show always this funny? I should watch!

  2. Diana Says:

    Never heard of this show before, thanks for the heads up and the video.

  3. langong Says:

    love that show - Ken Jeong was hilarious wish he would throw in say hello to my little friend!!! - you guys can catch the episode here
    http://www.tv-dome.net/community-season-1-episode-23/

  4. LW Says:

    Saw it and immediately thought - CHOW YUN FAT OMG! Yeah. I’m over 20 and my thoughts are structured like text-messages.

    It’s the best episode of Community yet.

  5. RONIN ON EMPTY Says:

    […] May 6th episode of the NBC comedy Community  featured a dead-on parody of some of John Woo’s films (particularly those featuring Chow […]

  6. harry Says:

    any chance that you happen to know the name of that chinese song that was played in this episode?

  7. Calvin Says:

    My Chinese language skills are limited, but according to some quick online research, supposedly, it’s a recording done by Sherry Shaoling using the lyrics to an old Chinese poem about the assassin Jing Ke.

    “Piercing wind, freezing river of Yi. The hero fords, and he never returns!” (風瀟瀟兮,易水寒,壮士一去不復返!)

    Native speakers and other experts can confirm, deny, or clarify this connection.

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