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How Popular Are Martial Arts Movies


Two thousand years ago in East Asia this popular style of fighting was created and now lives on in many martial arts movies. Since then there are over 200 different types of fighting styles with a little of 100 being taught worldwide. This fighting style has gained popularity drastically over time as a result of its continued use in the movie industry.

Within the mainstream, this style of fighting is constantly seen in blockbuster after blockbuster and even in the cult following of many Asian films by westerners. The public perceives this form of fighting as it is performed in western films and look up to fighting stars like Jet Li, Jean Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Chuck Norris, Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee.

These popular men have studied various styles and have applied them in many popular movies. Jack Chan, for example, is a beloved man and plays many characters adept in this fighting style. Chan is well known for hundreds of fighting films including Drunken Master. Many critics state this as one of his best films. Drunken Master was released in 1978 and brought him much attention from the western world where he transitioned from humble movie actor to mega blockbuster star.

Jackie Chan is best known for his comedic style of fighting, adding comedy to his craft. In the movie, Drunken Master, Chan plays a man who is on a journey to learn from a drunken master in order to help save his teacher and school. Legends like Chan have made this unique fighting style exciting due to its many appearances in shows. This has thus made it a very popular hobby by people worldwide.

These films attract everyone that watches with their clever and intense fighting and catching storyline. Martial arts films first became popular 30 years ago and made its appearances in Western movie theatres. Hollywood used this unique and complex style of fighting to appeal to patrons by continuously showing it being used against movie antagonists. The movie Karate Kid was a huge stepping point for Hollywood and this fighting style. Due to its in-depth story line and fighting skill it received Academy Award nominations and a Golden Globe.

These films can be separated into their own genres. Some are serious. Some are violence packed. Some are even comical. This style of fighting is what draws patrons to this growing phenomenon. Movie directors and actors work together in making these fight scenes memorable and impressive in order to keep the interest of the public.

Bruce Lee is often called a legend due to his unforgettable performance in Enter the Dragon. His fighting styles have a way to capture the audience. Jet Li, another famous actor has performed in movies such as Fearless, The Fist of Legend and Kiss the Dragon. He is also well known for his daring and complex style of fighting. Western actor Steven Seagal is another popular martial artist whose Aikido style is amongst the best.

Marital arts has become a popular sub-culture amongst fans and movie goers due to the stylized and entertaining insurgence of martial arts movies.

 


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