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The Art Of Action

David Carradine , Jackie Chan , Keith R. Clarke    Universal, suitable for all   DVD

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un viaggio attraverso la storia delle arti marziali nel cinema, dalle sue origini alle straordinarie esibizioni della cinematografia moderna.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining history of martial arts on film 11 May 2003
By BD Ashley - Published on
Presented by Samuel L. Jackson, THE ART OF ACTION is an enjoyable and entertaining look at the history of matial arts films from its origins in Peking Opera in China, which was performed by men in women's clothing. Strangely, the first kung fu features were made with the WOMEN doing all the fighting as film was then considered a lower medium in China, and it was "dishonorable" for men to stoop to that level!
Of course, no film about martial arts could be made without Bruce Lee, "The James Bond Of Martial Arts". Here viewers are treated to footage from RETURN OF THE DRAGON where Lee beats the bejesus out of a young Chuck Norris, as well as hearing Lee's philosophies on kung fu, which remain intriguing and inspiring no matter how many times you hear them.
THE ART OF ACTION also features appearances from Jackie Chan, recounting his experiences as part of a Peking Opera troupe at age 7, as well as ruminations by John Woo, Ang Lee and Steven Seagal. There's plenty here to educate and entertain viewers, though stranglely Hammer's martial arts/ horror film LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES is overlooked here... but Cynthia Rothrock's cruddy movies get some attention! I just don't get it! That remains my only quibble. Also features clips from more recent films like RUSH HOUR 2 and CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON.
If you like this, you may want to check out the similar documentary CINEMA OF VENGEANCE which is about the history of martial arts and Hong Kong action films, though personally I found THE ART OF ACTION to be more entertaining. Both movies are highly recommended.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Martial Arts Journey 15 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on
This in-depth documentary gives a behind-the-scenes look at the history of the martial arts films. It shows what the early pioneers of martial arts had to do to pass on the skills when the then rulers wanted to forbid the practice. The journey is one of rebellious beginnings to high flying stunts in movies today. It also features the work of Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Jackie Chan,Sammo Hung and others. This is a great documentary to watch if you want to learn more about the world of martial arts in films.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good documentary hosted by samuel l. jackson 8 April 2006
By morgoth - Published on
This movie does not show like many great clips but is a pretty good documentary. It starts out talking about the the first shaw movies and lau kar-leung, and also the origins of kung fu(briefly), women in the 20's making these movies, and of course kwan tak-hing. The only thing that I really had a problem with is that they just passed over the jimmy wang yu, lo lieh, chen kwan tai, hwang jang lee, etc. I don;t think it even mentions the venoms!! They show some good clips from one armed swordsman, but even though they show their dramatic scene, they don't even mention jimmy or lie's name. So it goes way to quickly into the new school stuff like crouching tiger but does not capitilize on the golden age of kung fu.
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and informative DVD on the history of martial art films. 6 Sep 2013
By Joseph J. Truncale - Published on
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As a lifetime student of numerous martial arts (Judo, Jujitsu, Karate-Do, Boxing, Wrestling, Kendo, Kenjutsu, Tai Chi etc.)I have always enjoyed action movies of all kinds. This very informative and interesting DVD provides a short history and the development of martial art action films in China. This 96 minute film is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and shows highlights from numerous action martial art films such as Once Upon a time in China, The one-armed swordsman, crouching tiger, hidden dragon, Rush Hour 2, and numerous other early classic Chinese martial art films.

This DVD also includes various interviews with legendary film makers like Ang Lee, John Woo, the Shaw brothers, Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan, and many other well-known martial art people. In total there are short scenes from over 100 movies, some of these include very early Chinese films have never been shown before this time. One of the interesting facts about these early martial art films is that many of these roles were played by women martial art experts.

In conclusion, if you are a martial art movie fan, you may want to check out this interesting "The Art of Action" DVD. The historical aspects combined with various clips of scenes and the interviews make this an entertaining movie to watch.

Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior's poetic tribute)
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and informative. 4 Aug 2013
By Yann Charaoui - Published on
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It's a solid research into the birth of martial art cinema and the who's who of the Hong Kong scene.
I,however,found that the image quality was sub-par.
I enjoyed watching it nonetheless and would recommend it to the martial fan aficionado.
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