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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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