Almost all whom I know that does martial arts started with watching the kung fu movies. The most obvious and most classic ones are the martial arts movies done by the late Bruce Lee. He definitely set a brand new standard in martial arts films. He somehow just know how to make faster, more dramatic, and more involved than ever before. His movies not only had excellent and unprecedented fight scenes, but they also had interesting plots and sinister villains as well.
When watching old martial arts movies, it is easy to forget how pioneering They were at the time. Many got distracted by the bad translations and cheesy dialog, not noticing me incredible fight scenes. Now, the modern Chinese kung fu film making takes a big step forward. The films of people like Chow Yun Fat, Jet Li, and Jackie Chan have set a whole news level of excellence for martial arts fight scenes. The combined special effects, brilliant choreography, and humorous antics roll into one seamless whole masterpiece.
Of course, There are plenty of other martial arts movies besides the kung fu films such as movies about tai chi moves. The US has been making fighting films for years. Well, there are the Karate Kid movies. These films are remembered by those who grew up in the 80s. They were interesting because they featured a style of fighting that wasn’t generally portrayed in movies at the time. Karate is no longer interesting. In the Karate Kid movies, however, they really made it work.
Some of the most interesting martial arts movies are actually not fictional films at all, but demonstrations. I first saw a tai chi chuan moves demonstration video about a year ago, and since then I have been watching every single one I can get my hands on. Most of these are based around long, elaborate, intricate dance-like routines rather than simple fighting. All the moves are focus with intent, but elegant and graceful at the same time. The fighters shadowbox with imaginary enemies, leaping, vaulting, kicking, and punching all over the stage with grace and ease. Their moves always have alot of aerobatics and martial arts weapons displays with grunts, shouts, and shoulder rolls. All in all, it is almost every bit as dramatic as watching Jackie Chan hammer the bad guys in one of his martial arts movies. And the best is that it gives you a taste of the art that you don’t really get in the big kung fu movies, No matter how cool they are. It just feel more real and immediate.