Welcome to the world of the martial arts. A voyage for the times of the martial arts cinema, from the beginning in China in the 6th Century A.C. by a Buddhist monk, Bodhidharma, until the ... See full summary »
Young Jackie was intrigued by Kung-Fu since an early age, but his father strictly forbade its practice. One day, he meets an old beggar who offers to teach Jackie how to fight. Jackie grows... See full summary »
Jackie Chan is a boy who is used as a janitor at his kung-fu school. Jackie Chan can't fight and is always getting bullied by the teachers and pupils. One day an old man helps Jackie train ... See full summary »
Thongs and Octopus accept a job from their landlord: Kidnap a baby. Soon, the baby awakens strong paternal feelings in the two crooks, leading to complications when it comes to handing him over to his possibly crazy gang boss grandfather.
Frank Dux has spent most his life being trained by Tanaka to participate in the Kumite, the ultimate martial arts tournament, where participants are seriously injured, even killed. Frank ... See full summary »
Jean-Claude Van Damme,
China O'brien; big city police woman; martial arts trainer, is forced to hand in her badge and head home to her father and the small town where she grew up. The peaceful town she knew is ... See full summary »
Welcome to the world of the martial arts. A voyage for the times of the martial arts cinema, from the beginning in China in the 6th Century A.C. by a Buddhist monk, Bodhidharma, until the actual time and the influence in the world, with interviews to actors and historians, and a review to the most important movies of all times and to the most famous action movies actors. A magnificent jewel of this genre what nobody wouldn't lose. Written by
....it does not tell you which movie each short clip is coming from! Would it be so difficult to have a title card at the start of each clip, just like those they have for the names of each person who appears on the screen? Sure, all the titles scroll by at the closing credits, but I doubt if even the most hardened martial arts fans would be able to match each title to the right clip. The other problem with "Top Fighter" is a problem common to many of these "compilation" documentaries - the compiled scenes (here, the fight scenes) lose some of their impact when they're taken out of their film's context. Other than that, this documentary does cover a lot of ground, and a wide variety of stars, from big names like Jet Li and Jackie Chan (it was made in 1995, so no references to their Hollywood success) to lesser-known on-screen fighters like Leung Kar Yan and Tan Tao Liang (who is now a martial arts teacher), and there are also some revealing interview bits. (**1/2)
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