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Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie (2011)

The history of the martial arts film genre.

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Tells the story of the Kung Fu sub-culture from its ancient Peking Opera origins to its superhero-powered future. From Enter the Dragon to Kung Fu Panda and everything in between, "Films of Fury" features the genre's greatest on-screen warriors, and reveals the legend, the lore, and the loony of the Kung Fu film genre like it has never been seen before. Written by Phase 4 Films

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Rated R for violent images and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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A clip compilation, nothing more
3 October 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As a documentary, FILMS OF FURY is a very limited and shallow viewing experience. Viewers are subjected to awful animation and unfunny situations as the hyperactive narrator and various comic characters introduce and provide a history of kung fu cinema from its origins to the then-present (2010-ish). There's no insight here, no interview with stars or producers, no analysis beyond the most basic (this actor was in this film, this actor was in that film).

However, as a clip compilation, it's pretty fun. Clips are shown from a whole host of different kung fu movies, from Chuck Norris shoot-em-ups to Bruce Lee classics, Jackie Chan comedies, and even a section on the grandmaster himself, Chang Cheh. I enjoyed seeing some of these films again and the documentary works well as a simple celebration or reflection on an undeniably entertaining genre of movies. I'm glad I watched it, but I have reason to do so again.


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