On names and naming: Shaolin Ulysses
Shaolin Ulysses is a documentary for which John Zorn composed the soundtrack – which is all I know of it, not having seen the actual film.
But that name! I love it, I guess, because it suggests to me what Kung Fu could have been: tales relating the wandering, the lengthy trials, and the eventual return home of one rooted not in the Greek or Western tradition at all, but in the 5,000-year legacy of Chinese culture. For Scylla and Charybdis, read “anti-coolie laws” and “railroad work,” for Circe read “opium addiction.” (Maybe that was the intent all along?)