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 »
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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
Not much to say about this, other than it seems to be an attempt to fit as many names, and video samples as possible into a less than two hour documentary, and we do get a lot of names. From the obvious (Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jean Claude Van Damme) to some of the lesser-known stars.
The basic format is to focus on one star at a time, talk about them for a bit, and then show a sample of them performing with a voice over. There's a short interview with Jackie Chan, and it is pretty cool, but the best bits are the ones about some of the lesser-known stars who deserve more attention. I enjoyed the segment about Jimmy Wang Yu (star of the One-Armed Boxer movies), and how the narrator tells about how it "wasn't unusual" to hear about Wang Yu actually getting into large fights off-screen on the streets. There's a bit about perpetual bad guy, Bolo Yeung, but not enough, and the same goes for Gordon Liu (who recently had two roles in 'Kill Bill').
There isn't much to this documentary, it really is an excuse to show a bunch of video clips from old kung-fu movies, but I'm not complaining.
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