The history of Hong Kong martial arts cinema and its influence.


Serge Ou


Grady Hendrix (co-writer)
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Credited cast:
Jessica Henwick ... Self - Interviewee
Scott Adkins ... Self
JuJu Chan Szeto ... Self (as JuJu Chan)
Amy Johnston ... Self
Cecep Arif Rahman Cecep Arif Rahman ... Rafael (archive footage)
Mickey Facchinello ... Self (archive footage)
James Young James Young ... Self (archive footage)
Grady Hendrix Grady Hendrix ... Self
Darren Bailey ... Self (archive footage)
Ross Boyask ... Self
Robert Samuels Robert Samuels ... Self
Andre Morgan
Mike Leeder ... Self
Jade Leung
Brendon Huor Brendon Huor ... Self (archive footage)


From Hong Kong to Hollywood, the Shaw Brothers to The Matrix, martial arts in cinema has been busting box offices and breaking barriers since the 1960s. This is the wild untold story of how the way of the dragon became a global phenomenon.

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functional surface work
27 December 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's a documentary of the Hong Kong Kung Fu movies and their influences to today. It starts with the Shaw brothers in the 60's, then Golden Harvest with the explosion that is Bruce Lee, then the Bruce-ploitation period after his death, early success in America especially in the black community and its influence in breakdancing, new stars in Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung, move to America after the 1997 Asian financial crisis, and YouTube & beyond. It's less than two hours and can really only be surface level examination. It's a functional recounting of events. It could do well to compare the early HK action movies with their cohorts in America and Japan. It doesn't arise in isolation or solely from Chinese opera. Mostly, I wish for more details in every section except the last one. This is good shorthand notes for all cinephiles and action lovers.

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Release Date:

1 December 2019 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks See more »

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2.35 : 1
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