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The Art of Action: Martial Arts in Motion Picture (2002)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  June 2002 (USA)
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A look at the history of martial arts films from their chinese roots to the present, presented by Samuel L. Jackson.

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A look at the history of martial arts films from their chinese roots to the present, presented by Samuel L. Jackson.

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Bruce Lee: To me - okay? - to me, ultimately martial art means honestly expressing yourself. That is very difficult to do.
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An excellent look back at martial arts cinema
3 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Samuel L. Jackson is the perfect host/narrator for this well done look at how martial arts movies began and progressed. There is plenty of footage from the silent era to 2000 put into context by interviews with Chinese directors, actors and producers. Jackson introduces and explains the various periods and sub-genres, paying special attention to the most important individuals including Bruce Lee, John Woo, Ang Lee plus others whose names will be immediately familiar only to fans of Chinese cinema from the 1950s.

Of particular note is the way the narration links two of the most important influences on martial arts film--Beijing Opera and the destruction of the Shaolin Temple by the Manchu dynasty along with the traditional stories around that destruction.


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