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For other uses see Martial arts (disambiguation)

Martial arts film is a film genre. A sub-genre of the action film, martial arts films contain numerous, extensive martial arts fight scenes between characters, usually as the films' primary appeal and entertainment value, and often as a method of storytelling and character expression and development. Martial arts are frequently featured in training scenes and other sequences in addition to fights. Martial arts films commonly include other types of action, such as stuntwork, chases, and/or gunfights.

As with other action films, martial arts films are dominated by action to varying degrees; many martial arts films have only a minimal plot and amount of character development and focus almost exclusively on the action, while other martial arts films have more creative and complex plots and characters along with action scenes. Films of the latter type are generally considered to be artistically superior films, but many films of the former type are commercially successful and well received by fans of the genre.[1]

Martial arts films contain many characters who are martial artists, and these roles are often played by actors who are real martial artists. If not, actors frequently train in preparation for their roles, or the action director may rely more on stylized action or filmmaking tricks like camera angles, editing, doubles, undercranking, wire work, and computer-generated imagery. Trampolines and springboards can also be used to increase the height of jumps. These techniques are sometimes used by real martial artists as well, depending on the style of action in the film.

Martial arts films have been produced all over the world, but the genre has been dominated by Hong Kong action cinema, peaking from 1971 with the rise of Bruce Lee until the mid 1990s with a general decline in the industry.[2] Other notable figures in the genre include Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, and Donnie Yen. Hollywood has also participated in the genre with actors such as Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Wesley Snipes, and Jason Statham. In recent years, Thailand's film industry has become an international force in the genre with the films of Tony Jaa. Women have also played key roles in the genre, including such actresses as Michelle Yeoh, Angela Mao, and Cynthia Rothrock.


List of notable martial arts films

Notable martial arts films:

Year Title
1928 The Burning of the Red Lotus Temple
1949 The True Story of Wong Fei Hung
1966 Come Drink with Me
1966 Dragon Inn
1967 The One-Armed Swordsman
1969 Chinese Boxer
1970 Vengeance
1971 The Big Boss
1972 Way of the Dragon
1972 Kung Fu (TV series)
1973 Enter the Dragon
1974 The Street Fighter
1978 Five Deadly Venoms
1978 The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
1978 Snake in the Eagle's Shadow
1978 Drunken Master
1979 Knockabout
1982 The Prodigal Son
1982 Shaolin Temple
1983 Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain
1983 Project A
1983 Winners and Sinners
1984 The Karate Kid
1985 Mr. Vampire
1985 Yes, Madam
1985 Police Story
1988 Bloodsport
1989 Best of the Best
1991 Once Upon a Time in China
1992 Under Siege
1993 The Bride With White Hair
1993 Iron Monkey
1993 Only the Strong
1994 Timecop
1994 Fist of Legend
1994 Drunken Master II
1995 Mortal Kombat
1995 Rumble in the Bronx
1996 Kickboxer
1998 Rush Hour
1999 The Matrix
2000 Shanghai Noon
2000 Romeo Must Die
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2002 Hero
2003 Kill Bill
2003 Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior
2004 Kung Fu Hustle
2004 New Police Story
2005 SPL: Sha Po Lang
2005 Tom-Yum-Goong
2006 Fearless
2007 Flash Point
2008 Chocolate
2008 Ong Bak 2
2008 Ip Man
2008 Never Back Down
2009 Merantau
2009 Ninja Assassin
2009 Blood and Bone
2010 True Legend
2010 The Karate Kid (2010 film)

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