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

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

Director:

Keith R. Clarke (as Keith Clarke)

Writer:

Keith R. Clarke
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Credited cast:
David Carradine ... Himself - Interviewee
Jackie Chan ... Himself - Interviewee
Pei-Pei Cheng ... Herself - Interviewee
Raymond Chow ... Himself - Interviewee
Tom Cruise ... Himself
DMX ... Latrell Walker in Exit Wounds (archive footage)
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Himself - Interviewee
Samuel L. Jackson ... Himself - Narrator
Buster Keaton ... Himself (archive footage)
Ang Lee ... Himself - Interviewee
Bruce Lee ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Raw Leiba ... Himself - Interviewee
Chia-Hui Liu ... Himself - Interviewee
Chia-Liang Liu ... Himself - Interviewee
Hoi Mang ... Himself - Interviewee
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Arte Marcial no Cinema See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Color
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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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Features Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) See more »

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A Must-See Documentary Explaining Martial Arts
30 August 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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

First of all, I love the connection between martial arts and the films of Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. There is definitely a slapstick element that runs through these films, and to see that there were some direct homages really warms my heart.

Speaking more broadly, this is an excellent primer. Really being exposed to film in the 1990s, the influx of "kung fu" into mainstream film happened without context. It was not until much later that I learned about the Shaw Brothers and any of that history. The martial arts genre is so huge that it is hard to know here to begin, but this documentary makes a great road map for those just getting on the highway.


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