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A pretty cool documentary, featuring a lot of Jackie Chan stuff, not to mention a bunch of other good stuff. Very entertaining for a taste of HK action cinema...It even features some "American" stars fighting in some Hong Kong flicks, which only goes to show how much better the HK choreographers are...
A rather odd video in that it doesn't actually have a plot. Well maybe not
that unique. Instead it is set as a documentary style feature dealing with
the numerous aspects of martial arts videos. It's narrated by an amusingly
serious man in a bizarrely dark room, where it cuts to footage of stars such
as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan et al.
Unfortunately as it is quite old it doesn't feature Jet Li or any other of the up and coming martial arts stars. But it a good way to be introduced to the genre and the more experienced among you will get to see some bit's of movies you probably haven't seen.
The Deadliest Art is a compilation-documentary hosted and narrated by
actor John Saxon ("Enter the Dragon") that skips to the cool scenes
from martial arts movies, with reasonable historical effort. It points
out how skilled Jackie Chan really is at his craft, rather than just
being a stuntman. It also spotlights other Asian performers such as Sho
Kosugi and of course, Bruce Lee, as well as non-Asian performers from
Cynthia Rothrock to Chuck Norris. Several unknowns are highlighted but
the main reason is just to give props to the choreographers of these
Unfortunately, Jean Claude Van Scam and Lee Van Cleef are also given attention; a minor blemish in an otherwise excellent movie. It's highly entertaining, with prolific and educational content and gives you a real sense of the world of martial arts on film.
Talk about underrated! This film is great! If you want " The best of
Acting movies", or "The best of Plot driven movies", this is not for
you (and you probably can't read too good either). What you will get
from this film is a very professionally made documentary that showcases
an excellent and incredibly varied selection of martial art fight
scenes. In addition, we are also treated to interviews with some of the
top actors in martial art films such as: Jackie Chan, Samo Hung and
The film begins with the list of stars we're are about to bare witness to. Everyone from Bruce Lee to Van-Damme is here and you know we're in for a treat! After the opening credits there is a fantastic 3 minute or so scene which edits together out-takes of the film (which, of course, are themselves out-takes of other films) under Lalo Schifrin's ingenious score from "Enter The Dragon". Then John Saxon (Bruce Lee's co-star from "Enter The Dragon") takes the floor and gives us a brief overview of what martial-arts are and how they evolved. From then on its action, action, action!
The film is very well paced in that as soon you feel like you've just about had enough of a kung-fu fight scene, it will switch to something more kickboxing based or an interview segment, or even something comedic. You'll learn a lot about some of the lesser known talented stars in the industry and, unless you're already a hardcore fan, probably a lot you didn't know about the bigger stars too.
The only thing that stops this film from getting a straight 10 out of 10 is its slight out datedness and tendency to focus perhaps a bit too exclusively on the Hong Kong industry. It would have been nice to see some of todays stars and up-and-comings like Jet Li or Mark Dacascos, and to be fair Van Damme isn't the only Martial Art star Hollywood has to offer (surely Seagal could've had a mention). But these slight set backs should in no way deter you from seeking this film out. Highly recommended!
Anyone needing more material information on the martial arts of the 1980s can find it all here. This documentary is led and narrated by John Saxon in which he explains some brief history and the general idea of where martial arts comes from and why. From there he moves into the film noir which, of course, begins with Bruce Lee. From there he introduces many other styles of fighting, notable film stars, different fighting techniques and some film star interviews( cynthia rothrock, jackie chan, samo hung, etc.) Mostly Jackie Chan is present so don't fast forward in hopes that he will go away. This should be titled "Jackie Chan and other great martial arts flicks." Don't get me wrong this is really good but Chan is in it too much. A collection of many other already forgettable martial art stars are shown in their own hellish prime, yet their performance are always an inspiration of future of martial arts films.
The Best of the Martial Arts Films is so cool. It has some of the best fight scenes ever put on film. There's actors like Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and many asian martial artists you've never heard of, but need to check out. This video open my world up to films that I never knew were ever out there. They should make a part 2!!
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