So you are studying martial arts and your instructor shows you a technique that you think to yourself “hmm, that looks like it needs a little work.”. Throughout my studies I have come across some pretty awful Martial Arts techniques. It has several different fight art for everyone scenes that rival some of the best martial arts you can find on Netflix: the opening battle in the rain is a particular standout, and Ip Man’s “precision duel” against Gong Er, where either fighter loses if they break anything in the room, is really impressive.
Of the many characteristics his film shares with most of the older movies on this list, obscurity isn’t one of them: it was an international blockbuster and the highest grossing foreign language film in American box office history, so if you’ve only seen one foreign film in your life, chances are it was this one.
When Golden Harvest realized Jackie Chan couldn’t, wouldn’t and shouldn’t be the next Bruce Lee, they teamed him up with director Yuen Woo-ping to create the first film to show drunken kung fu , which was taught to Jackie Chan by Yuen’s father, Yuen Xiao-tian.
Lotus is told early on that her life is about pretty much nothing except taking revenge on the men that killed her father and mother, and that fulfills about all of the background story any of us needed for this 90-plus minute film that isn’t so much about plot complexity as it is about us the audience watching the main character just wail on some dudes.
Others fight professionally, and have only continued to expand the complete picture of what a fighter is. Look at the exponential growth in sophistication from the early days of mixed martial arts to how the sport has become in 2015, going from big guys winging punches at one another to a beautiful, scientific system of mixed grappling and striking styles.
After a career as a child star in Hong Kong cinema – almost the Macaulay Culkin of his day – and a spell on TV’s The Green Hornet, Lee exploded into action pictures that were simply so popular and profitable that Warner Brothers agreed to make Enter the Dragon, with Lee as star and coproducer: Hollywood’s first martial arts movie.
Flexibility is extremely important in Shaolin kung fu, because many of the advanced kung fu sets cannot be performed without it. From the beginning of training, the Shaolin system builds flexibility through the use of stretching exercises, many of which would seem extreme and even dangerous by Western standards.
Although not well-received by Hong Kong audiences, Tsui Hark’s visceral retelling of One-Armed Swordsman is an engaging, violent, revenge-begetting-revenge story starring the enigmatic Zhao Wen-zhuo (the man who replaced Jet Li in Tsui’s Once Upon a Time in China films) battling the maniacal Xiong Xin-xin.
Known for his role in producing hits like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny and the documentary Jackie Chan: My Story, locally based Logan has built a notable career in the film industry since he first stepped foot on Hong Kong soil more than two decades ago.