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The Shaolin Master Test

The Shaolin Master Test

China’s Shaolin Temple is home to hundreds of monks, among them about 25% are warrior monks, who must possess impressive Kung Fu skills, and be masters of Buddhist teachings. BBC’s Sacred Wonders shows us just how difficult it is for trainees to reach this pinnacle.

Gundala (Trailer)

Gundala (Trailer)

This Indonesian action flick melds martial arts and superhero genres. Based on the country’s popular comic series, our hero Gundala and his alter ego Sancaka must battle the evil Pengkor and his legion of orphan assassins. The film opened to positive reviews in Indonesia, an is getting an English subtitled release July 2020.

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Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits (Trailer)

Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits (Trailer)

The Criterion Collection’s boxed set of seven Blu-ray discs celebrates the many talents of martial artist Bruce Lee. The discs include new digital restorations of five awesome action films, alternative soundtracks, interviews, commentaries, and much more. Drops 7.14.20.

Swordplay with Game Effects

Swordplay with Game Effects

YouTuber Misozi-Salaryman put together this great compilation of his swordplay and other martial arts action, and worked with editor Vasco to embellish the clip with appropriate video game style visual effects. We like to think there was some guy off camera mashing buttons.

Kung Fu Motion Visualization

Kung Fu Motion Visualization

Digital artist and designer Tobias Gremmler captured the movements of a kung fu practitioner, then transformed them into abstract shapes using CG animation techniques, resulting in a series of truly mesmerizing animations.

Shaolin Kung Fu Training

Shaolin Kung Fu Training

BBC Earth captured this awe-inspiring footage of thousands of young athletes practicing Shaolin Kung Fu. While most of the shots here appear to have been captured by drone, they say their formations can also be seen on satellite imagery. From the series Earth from Space.

Master Z (Trailer)

Master Z (Trailer)

Max Zhang stars as Cheung Tin Chi, one of the many skilled martial artists who was defeated by the legendary Ip Man. He tries to establish a quiet life in Hong Kong, but trouble soon finds him. Also starring Michelle Yeoh, Dave Bautista and Tony Jaa. Premieres 4/12/19.

Warrior (Teaser)

Warrior (Teaser)

Banshee creator Jonathan Tropper and Fast & Furious director Justin Lin teamed up for this Cinemax crime drama that takes place in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 19th century, a time when brutal organized crime families were warring. Inspired by the writings of Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee with Lightsabers

Bruce Lee with Lightsabers

Watching the late, great Bruce Lee take on an opponent is already pretty rewarding, but after seeing this image, Patrick Nan decided to amp things up even more, by adding a lightsaber (and lightsaber nunchucks) to a classic martial arts fight sequence from Fist of Fury.

Kung Fu Clock

Kung Fu Clock

It’s time to kick some ass with this wall clock from WHENWATCH. The clock features an unspecified martial artist obviously based on Bruce Lee, whose body twists and turns to tell the time. His torso is the hour hand, his right leg tells minutes, and his left leg is seconds.

Fightworld (Trailer)

Fightworld (Trailer)

Hosted by actor and fight enthusiast Frank Grillo, Netflix’s Fightworld is a documentary series that will explore fighting methods and cultures around the world. The featured styles include MMA, Muay Thai, wrestling and Krav Maga. Premieres 10/12/18.

The Grandmaster of Kung-fu Films

The Grandmaster of Kung-fu Films

“Watching a Lau Kar-leung film is similar to watching an illustrated guide or documentation of kung-fu and its philosophy.” The Museum of Modern Art’s La Frances Hui talks about the history of kung-fu films before breaking down the work of legendary filmmaker Lau Kar-leung.

Bleeding Steel (Trailer)

Bleeding Steel (Trailer)

Our first look at martial arts master Jackie Chan’s sci-fi action flick, about a policeman on the hunt for a mechanically-augmented villain, and a young girl carrying a bio-chemical invention that everyone wants. Yeah, we just want to see Jackie kick some ass too.

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Dance of the Drunken Gods

Dance of the Drunken Gods

Andy Le and Brian Le of Martial Club and the Andy Long Stunt Team collaborated to create this great tribute to classic Hong Kong fight flicks, combining martial arts prowess with overblown sound effects, and poorly dubbed Chinese taunts. (Thanks Joshua!)

ZVP

ZVP

Writer and director Junya Okobe presents an awesome take on the tale of Zatōichi, a mythical blind swordsman who takes down an army of evil foes. Hornet’s Nest & Runt Man reminded us of Master Blaster from The Road Warrior, but it’s the ending that truly kicked ass.

Jackie Chan Jumps over Fences

Jackie Chan Jumps over Fences

Jackie Chan’s new movie The Foreigner comes out very soon, and looks like a wild ride. To celebrate its impending release, editor Jim Casey of The Solomon Society compiled a reel of some of Jackie’s finer moments jumping and climbing over various barriers.

Ninja Cat Moves

Ninja Cat Moves

Instagrammer Sara Jorden was recording her two cats playing around, when one of them decided to pull out all the stops as it stalks the other one. We’re thinking it’s less ninja and more of a Kung Fu Panda kind of move.

Eclectic Method: Kung Fu Remix

Eclectic Method: Kung Fu Remix

Your Kung Fu is not good enough! Step up your Arrow Fists and Double Dragons with Eclectic Method’s latest track, diced and sliced from a collection of classic and not-so-classic martial arts fight sequences.

Katana Slicing Master

Katana Slicing Master

Martial arts and sword expert Isao Machii recently attempted to break the record for the most martial arts sword cuts in a minute, as he slashed through sections of straw mats faster than Michonne takes off zombie heads. Watch the video to see how many he sliced.

How to Wake up

How to Wake up

A fantastically silly bit from the 1985 Hong Kong action comedy Mismatched Couples in which martial arts superstar Donnie Yen shows us the proper way to get our day going through a combination of breakdancing, tearaway pants, and no socks.

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Iron Fist (Trailer)

Iron Fist (Trailer)

The latest Marvel/Netflix team-up stars Finn Jones as Danny Rand, a man presumed dead for 15 years, who returns to New York to reclaim his family business from the influence of evildoers. Naturally, Danny has acquired some new skills since he went missing. Drops 3/17/17.

Sébastien Charron: No Excuses

Sébastien Charron: No Excuses

You’d think that a beer belly might be at odds with your martial arts and parkour skills, but you’d be wrong. After struggling with his mental health and weight gain from meds, Sébastien Charron gives all of us ordinary guys hope, and proves that you can’t judge a book by its cover.

The Urban Shaolin

The Urban Shaolin

Stuntman Tien Hoang shows off some of his impressive shaolin kung fu moves in this weapons reel shot by director Colin Emerson on the streets of London, England. All we know is if we saw this guy coming at us, we’d run the other way, fast.

Every Jason Statham Kick

Every Jason Statham Kick

Following up on their montage of the badass Brit’s mighty fists flying, Burger Fiction is back with an epic supercut of the hundreds of times Jason kicked the snot out of his foes. Our groins hurt just watching this.

Gareth Evans: Samurai Short

Gareth Evans: Samurai Short

A samurai tasked with sending an important message is intercepted by two assassins. The Raid 1 & 2‘s writer and director Gareth Evans directed, edited and shot this entire concept short using a Sony NEX-7 digital camera and no camera crew other than himself.

Cat Dog Kung Fu

Cat Dog Kung Fu

The latest video from Corridor Digital steals a page from The Secret Life of Pets, as we find out exactly why mom’s vase ended up on the floor when you left the cat and dog alone for the day.

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