Movie Genre: Martial Arts

 

Martial arts film is a film genre. A sub-genre of the action film, martial arts films contain numerous fights between characters, usually as the films’ primary appeal and entertainment value, and often as a method of storytelling and character expression and development. Martial arts are frequently featured in training scenes and other sequences in addition to fights. Martial arts films commonly include other types of action, such as stuntwork, chases, and/or gunfights.

As with other action films, martial arts films are dominated by action to varying degrees; many martial arts films have only a minimal plot and amount of character development and focus almost exclusively on the action, while other martial arts films have more creative and complex plots and characters along with action scenes. Films of the latter type are generally considered to be artistically superior films, but many films of the former type are commercially successful and well received by fans of the genre.

Martial arts films contain many characters who are martial artists, and these roles are often played by actors who are real martial artists. If not, actors frequently train in preparation for their roles, or the action director may rely more on stylized action or filmmaking tricks like camera angles, editing, doubles, undercranking, wire work, and computer-generated imagery. Trampolines and springboards can also be used to increase the height of jumps. These techniques are sometimes used by real martial artists as well, depending on the style of action in the film.

 

Fearless Fighters

Fearless Fighters

To Pa and several members of his Eagle Claw Fighting Clan are repulsed, in their attempt to rob government gold…

Mantis Combat

Mantis Combat

The heroes pose as gun dealers and acrobats in order to get close to the bad guys so they can avenge the death of one of their brothers…

Ring of Fire

Ring of Fire

In the streets of Los Angeles, two rival gangs settle their differences in an underground fight ring.

Romeo Must Die

Romeo Must Die

An avenging cop seeks out his brother\’s killer and falls for the daughter of a businessman who is involved in a money-deal with his father.

The Young Master

The Young Master

After failing his fellow students in a Lion Dance competition, Dragon (Jackie Chan) is sent away from his school in disgrace…

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a fugitive are led to an impetuous, teenage nobleman’s daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.

The Shaolin Temple

The Shaolin Temple

The Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, who installs himself as emperor in the East Capital…

Kung Fu

Kung Fu

Kwai Chang Caine meets up with the father of the man he killed in China who seeks revenge using Caine’s own illegitimate son.

The Way of the Dragon

The Way of the Dragon

A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.

Fist of Fear Touch of Death

Fist of Fear Touch of Death

A reporter interviews fighters and promoters about Bruce Lee, intercut with footage from old Bruce Lee films and pseudo-documentary footage.