Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Fighting Films

Bruce gets to take his turn going to a conference this weekend, so, as usual, I'm stocking up on some DVDs.

So far, they're movies about fighting. I got The Twilight Samurai, an older Japanse film that looked like it had a decent story line as well as some fighting. One reviewer said:

This is an awesome film. The quality of the film as well as the story line and acting are excellent. It provides a brief glimpse into the true Samurai life of feudal Japan. Not the typical martial arts movie, but a true rendering of life for people in that era. A good mix of story with excellent fight scenes and a love interest. Those who are students of the martial arts will appreciate the sword work. This film will not disappoint.

And I got Million Dollar Baby, which I did not see in the theatre.

(Actually, I very rarely see movies in the theatre. We wait for movies to come out on DVD and use our babysitting nights for live entertainment like music or plays or parties!)

So have any of you seen any really good martial arts movies that I might like? They have to have a reasonable storyline as well as interesting fighting! Post a suggestion!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One thing I've found interesting, is that after studying TKD, the sparring scenes in martial arts movies are not that awe-inspiring . . .or maybe it's more accurate to say that they are interesting for more than just entertainment value. For example, remember how difficult and impressive the "crane stance" looked in the original "Karate Kid" movie -- but I bet you could easily perform that move yourself.

I like the real Bruce Lee movies, but I also like "Dragon:the Bruce Lee Story." "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is good but lots of acrobatics. Also, a definite B-list movie but entertaining is "Best of the Best," with Eric Roberts and James Earl Jones.

Lastly, if you haven't seen the Discovery Channel's "Xtreme Martial Arts," you should be able to rent that on DVD. Although it focuses on XMA, it also provides an overview of different arts and weapons, and the science behind them.
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