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Martial arts film is a film genre that originated in the Pacific Rim. This genre is a type of action film characterized by extensive fighting scenes employing various types of martial arts. This genre has mainly been produced in China, peaking in the 1970s, and has been dominated by Hong Kong action cinema and its kung fu and wuxia films. Famous actors include Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li. This genre is no longer limited to Asian films - there are many action movies starring western martial artists such as Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal. Even in the early days of film history, the audience appetite for new content was voracious. ... The USS Abraham Lincoln Battle Group along with ships from Australia, Chile, Japan, Canada, and Korea speed towards Honolulu in RIMPAC 2000. ... Look up Action film in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ... Hong Kong action cinema is the principal source of the Hong Kong film industrys global fame. ... Alternative meaning: Kung Fu (TV series) Kung fu or gongfu (功夫, Pinyin: gōngfu) is a well-known Chinese term used in the West to designate Chinese martial arts. ... WÇ”xiá (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: , Mandarin IPA: , Cantonese Pinyin: mou5 hap6), literally meaning martial (arts) heroes, is a distinct quasi-fantasy sub-genre of the martial arts genre in literature, television and cinema. ... Bruce Lee (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; Pinyin: Lǐ XiÇŽolóng; Cantonese Yale: Léih Síulùhng; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973) was an Chinese-American martial artist, philosopher, instructor, and martial arts actor widely regarded as the most influential martial artist of the 20th century. ... Chan Kong-Sang (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ), also known as Jackie Chan Sing Lung (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ) or Jackie Chan SBS, (born on April 7, 1954) is a Chinese martial artist, action star, actor, director, screenwriter, film producer, singer and stunt performer. ... Jet Li (born Li Lianjie on April 26th, 1963 in Beijing, China) is a Chinese actor, Wushu champion and international film celebrity. ... Carlos Ray Chuck Norris (born on 10 March 1940) is an American martial artist, action star, Hollywood actor, and recently, an internet phenomenon, who is best known for playing Cordell Walker on Walker, Texas Ranger. ... Jean-Claude Van Damme (born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg in Sint-Agatha-Berchem, in the Brussels-Capital Region, on October 18, 1960), is a Belgian martial artist and actor who is most known for his action movies. ... Steven Seagal (born April 10, 1952), is an American action movie actor, producer, writer, director, singer-songwriter, and activist. ...


Martial arts film stars

Martial arts film stars can be classified into two types: genuine martial artists who pursued a film career, versus regular actors without martial arts skills who performed in martial arts film under the directions of action choreographers. Stage Combat is a specialized method of physical theatre designed to create the illusion of physical combat for theatrical productions (or any form of dramatic production, including film and television). ...


Asian martial arts film stars include:

  • Zhi-Gong Chen became the first martial-arts film star at age 16 in 1925, having begun training at age 8. Sammo Hung is her grandson.
  • Kwan Tak-Hing was the original celluloid Wong Fei-Hung, starring as the legendary Hung Gar master in roughly 100 films from the late 1940s to the 1960s, possibly the most prolific movie series ever. Kwan himself was a master of Tibetan White Crane rather than Hung Gar and specialized in the use of the whip.
  • Yu So Chow is probably the best known female martial arts actress of the 50's and 60's. She starred in over 170 martial arts films, still a record among all actresses.
  • Connie Chan Po-chu, a Cantonese screen idol who grew up starring in wuxia films during the 1960s and was famous for her male roles.
  • Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon (1973) was one of the films that brought the genre into mainstream Western acceptance. His fame also helped popularize Wing Chun, the martial art that he originally trained in, and Jeet Kune Do, the martial art that he later created based on Wing Chun mixed with other styles.
  • Bolo Yeung practiced martial arts from childhood, and also became a professional body-builder. His favorite martial art is Tai Chi.
  • Gordon Liu Legendary martial arts film star, synonymous with the Shaw Brothers.
  • Jackie Chan continued this crossover during the 80s and 90s, finally conquering the US market with Rumble in the Bronx (1995) and the two Rush Hour films. He is renowned for his blend of martial arts and slapstick comedy, but has directed, action directed and starred in over 50 films of almost all conceivable genres. Despite intensive martial arts training from a Chinese opera school, Jackie often tells people that he is an actor, not a martial artist.
  • Sammo Hung or Gumbo Hung was a fellow opera school student of Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao. He has directed, action directed and starred in numerous Hong Kong films, as well as playing the leading role in the American TV series Martial Law.
  • Yuen Biao trained at the Peking Opera School with Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan, and is the youngest of the three.
  • Leung Kar Yan : had no formal martial arts training but was skilled at mimicking moves given to him by the action choreographer.
  • Lam Ching Ying learned Peking Opera in Hong Kong.
  • Jet Li won the Chinese national wushu championships five times in a row before becoming a movie star, starting with the 1979 film Shaolin Temple.
  • Donnie Yen learned wushu and tai chi from a young age and trained in Beijing.
  • Michelle Yeoh : A dancer turned actress. No formal martial arts training.
  • Zhang Ziyi : Another dancer/gymnast turned actress. No formal martial arts training.
  • Stephen Chow is primarily a comedian, though he has starred in some martial arts-themed films. He admits he has received very little training in kung fu, though he did learn various forms of Wing Chun by watching instructional videos on television.
  • Tony Jaa from Thailand is highly skilled in muay thai, gymnastics & swordplay.

Westerners who achieved successful martial arts film careers include: Chen in Swordswoman of Huangjiang (1930) Zhi-Gong Chen (also Tsi-(H)Ang Chin and Chi-Ang Chi) (born 1909 in Shanghai) was one among the earliest martial-arts actors of the Chinese film industry, and its first female star. ... Kwan Tak Hing (born 1905 in Guandong, China, died 28 June 1996 in Hong Kong) was an actor who played the role of martial artist Wong Fei Hong in over 70 films between the 1940s and the 1980s. ... Wong Fei Hung (黃飛鴻 huang2 fei1 hong2) (1847 - 1924) was a healer, martial artist and revolutionary who became a Chinese folk hero. ... Hung Gar, also known as Hung Kuen or Hung Ga, is a southern Chinese martial art associated with the Chinese folk hero Wong Fei Hung, who was a master of Hung Gar. ... This article is about the closely related Lama Pai, Hop Gar, and Tibetan White Crane styles of martial art. ... Yu So Chow at Hong Kong Avenue of Stars in 2004 Yu So Chow (Chinese: 于素秋; pinyin: Yale Cantonese:Jy¹ Sou³ Tsau¹) was born in Beijing on July 9, 1930 to a Peking opera family. ... Connie Chan Po-chu (Chinese: ; pinyin: Chén BÇŽozhÅ«) was born in 1947 in Guangdong, China. ... Bruce Lee (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; Pinyin: Lǐ XiÇŽolóng; Cantonese Yale: Léih Síulùhng; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973) was an Chinese-American martial artist, philosopher, instructor, and martial arts actor widely regarded as the most influential martial artist of the 20th century. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... For the 1994 Hong Kong film, see Wing Chun (film) Wing Chun occasionally romanized as Ving Tsun or Wing Tsun (literally spring chant and alternatively as forever spring, or substituted with the character for eternal springtime [1]) is a Chinese martial art that emphasizes short-range combat. ... Jeet Kune Do (Chinese: Cantonese: Jitkyùndou Pinyin: Jiéquándào, lit. ... Bolo Yeung Yang Sze (Chinese: ; pinyin: Yáng SÄ«), better known as Bolo Yeung (born in Guangzhou, China, on July 3, 1938) is a former competitive bodybuilder and a martial arts film actor. ... Tai Chi Chuan, Tai Chi Chüan or Taijiquan (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ; literally supreme ultimate fist) is an internal Chinese martial art often practiced to promote health and longevity. ... Gordon Liu Gordon Liu (Lau Ka-Fai; Liu Chia Hui) (born 1955) is a Chinese martial arts actor. ... The Shaw Studio (邵氏片場), owned by Shaw Brothers (HK) Ltd. ... Chan Kong-Sang (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ), also known as Jackie Chan Sing Lung (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ) or Jackie Chan SBS, (born on April 7, 1954) is a Chinese martial artist, action star, actor, director, screenwriter, film producer, singer and stunt performer. ... Rumble in the Bronx (紅番區; Hong faan kui in Cantonese) is an action-comedy movie starring Jackie Chan and Anita Mui. ... Rush Hour DVD cover Rush Hour is a 1998 martial arts/buddy cop film starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. ... Emperor Xuan-Zong of Tang (left) and his Consort Yang Yuhuan (right) portrayed in a Chinese Opera 19th century Chinese opera Chinese opera costumes Some athletic jump Chinese opera is a popular form of drama in China. ... Sammo Hung (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ; Cantonese: Hung4 Gam1 Bou2) (born January 7, 1952) is a Chinese actor, producer and director known for his work in many Kung fu films and Hong Kong action cinema. ... Yuen Biao (Chinese: ; pinyin: ) (born 26 July 1957) is a Chinese actor from Hong Kong. ... The Peking Opera School was located in Hong Kong. ... Leung Kar Yan (梁家仁, born 20 January 1949) is a Hong Kong film actor and director who has played roles in numerous acclaimed martial arts films. ... Lam Ching-ying (æž— 正英 real name: Lam Gun-bo 林根寶) (born: December 27, 1952 in Shanghai; died November 8, 1997 in Hong Kong) was a Chinese actor, action director and director. ... Jet Li (born Li Lianjie on April 26th, 1963 in Beijing, China) is a Chinese actor, Wushu champion and international film celebrity. ... Wushu may refer to: Chinese martial arts, or fighting systems from China. ... The Shaolin Temple (Chinese: 少林寺; Pinyin:Shàolínsì) is a 1982 martial arts film directed by Chang Hsin Yen (Xinyan Zhang). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Wushu may refer to: Chinese martial arts, or fighting systems from China. ... Tai Chi Chuan, Tai Chi Chüan or Taijiquan (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ; literally supreme ultimate fist) is an internal Chinese martial art often practiced to promote health and longevity. ... Dato Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ; born August 6, 1962) is a Hong Kong-based actress and dancer, sometimes billed as Michelle Khan. Yeoh is a Chinese Malaysian born in Ipoh, Malaysia. ... Zhang Ziyi (章子怡; pinyin: Zhāng Zǐyí) (born February 9, 1979 in Beijing, China) is one of the most well-known Chinese film actresses working today, with a string of Chinese and international hits to her name. ... Stephen Chow (also Stephen Chiau) (traditional Chinese : 周星馳; simplified Chinese : 周星驰; Romanized as: Chow Sing Chi ; pinyin : Zhōu XÄ«ngchí; jyutping : zau1 sing1 ci4) (born June 22, 1962) is a director and actor in many blockbuster movies in Hong Kong. ... For the 1994 Hong Kong film, see Wing Chun (film) Wing Chun occasionally romanized as Ving Tsun or Wing Tsun (literally spring chant and alternatively as forever spring, or substituted with the character for eternal springtime [1]) is a Chinese martial art that emphasizes short-range combat. ... Panom Yeerum (Thai: ; Khmer: ចាភ្ំ យីរុាំ; IPA: ) born on February 5, 1976 in Surin Province, Thailand, better known in the West as Tony Jaa and in Thailand as Jaa Panom, is a Thai martial art film actor, choreographer and director. ... Muay Thai (IPA: [/muai32 32/]; Thai: ) also known as Thai Boxing or The Art of the Eight Limbs is the Thai name for a form of hard martial art practiced in several Southeast Asian countries including Thailand. ... Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of sequences of movements requiring physical strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, and kinesthetic awareness, such as handsprings, handstands, split leaps, aerials and cartwheels. ... 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Carlos Ray Chuck Norris (born on 10 March 1940) is an American martial artist, action star, Hollywood actor, and recently, an internet phenomenon, who is best known for playing Cordell Walker on Walker, Texas Ranger. ... Tangsoodo or Tang Soo Do is a traditional Korean martial arts. ... Taekwondo (also spelled as tae kwon do, tae-kwon-do and taekwon-do) is a martial art and combat sport originating in Korea. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... David Carradine (born John Arthur Carradine on December 8, 1936 in Hollywood, California) is an American actor. ... Master Po (left) and Kwai Chang Caine (right) in a flashback from the episode Dark Angel, written by Herman Miller Kung Fu (1972-1975) was an award-winning American television series which starred David Carradine. ... Cynthia Rothrock in China OBrien Cynthia Rothrock (born 8 March 1957) is an American actress specializing in Martial arts films. ... Karate ) ( ) or karate-dō ) is a martial art that developed from a synthesis of indigenous Ryukyuan fighting methods and Chinese kempo [1]. Karate originally meant Te, or hand, i. ... Kobudo (古武道) is a Japanese term that can be translated as old martial way. ... Chinese martial arts describes the enormous variety of martial arts styles originating in China. ... Dolph Lundgren (born Hans Lundgren, November 3, 1957[1]) is a Swedish actor and director. ... Jean-Claude Van Damme (born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg in Sint-Agatha-Berchem, in the Brussels-Capital Region, on October 18, 1960), is a Belgian martial artist and actor who is most known for his action movies. ... Painting of ballet dancers by Edgar Degas, 1872. ... Steven Seagal (born April 10, 1952), is an American action movie actor, producer, writer, director, singer-songwriter, and activist. ... Aikido ), translated as the way of harmonious spirit, is a modern Japanese martial art (gendai budō) developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. ... Wesley Trent Snipes (born July 31, 1962, in Orlando, Florida) is an American actor, martial artist and film producer. ... ...

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Martial arts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (6009 words)
European martial arts have mostly adapted to changing technology and are truer to the English meaning of that phrase, so that while their descendants still exist, martial arts are focused on things like flying helicopters and infantry tactics for riflemen.
As part of the response to sport martial arts, new forms of competition are being held such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the U.S. or Pancrase and the PRIDE in Japan which are also known as mixed martial arts or MMA events.
Kenjutsu is the Japanese martial art of using a Japanese sword in combat.
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