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 ...
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Archeologist Jack keeps having reoccurring dreams of a past life, where he is the great General Meng Yi, whom is sworn to protect a Korean Princess named OK-soo. Jack decides to go investigate everything with his friend William.
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.
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 »
A country boy becomes the head of a gang through the purchase of some lucky roses from an old lady. He and a singer at the gang's nightclub try to do a good deed for the old lady when her daughter comes to visit.
A young father and his infant son are beset by forces of evil and corruption. They wander China, upholding their sense of honor and protecting the weak. When they are forced into combat, ... See full summary »
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A special agent assigned to protect a wealthy business magnate. However, when the businessman is kidnapped in a daring ambush, he teams up with a seasoned detective to crack the case. But soon he discovers the case isn't that simple.
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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