Ramiro asked in Entertainment & MusicMovies · 5 months ago

Movie Enthusiasts, do we live in an era where Martial Arts movies well never do good in theaters again, and rarely be made in general?

I'm sure you remember around 1995-2005 martial arts movies were pretty popular, with actors such as Jackie Chan Rumble in the Bronx, Jet Li and Romeo must Die, and Bruce Lee classics. It seemed like most people enjoyed them. Then all of a sudden..... Nothing..... What do you think happened in your opinion?

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago
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    People still like watching movies with Karate. For movies, there are all kinds of karate styles that look cool on screen, even gun fu (gun kata), but it's not realistic in an actual combat scenario. Some people may care about this, and others not to so much, but I do think that more people have awareness of the effectiveness of certain karate styles than those many years ago.

    When MMA came onto the scene, people were able to see how effective the different martial arts styles were (especially when compared to each other) there was some strong realization to the truth of what styles actually prepares a person for an actual fight, and what is basically dance moves. A lot of people who know what styles work and what does not, are not as impressed by movies with styles that they know are mostly just for show.

    Aikido was one of those styles that was found to be lacking... while Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai appeared to be strong. In a lot of Asian movies, the karate moves are highly exaggerated, and in reality, while many things look cool, it doesn't mean that they are very functional.

    They all seem to have some interesting strengths - that they could adopt from each other. Just from what I've observed, not being a martial arts expert by any means (just researching) .... Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was known for a lot of what was deemed ground-and-pound work, and they had to learn how to strike more effectively, and since they corrected what was lacking-- it's popularly viewed as being one of the most effective fighting styles - especially where MMA is concerned.

    Taekwondo focuses on kicking, Judo on throws - and a number of mixed martial arts have incorporated Judo throws into their styles. The styles that focus more on fighting while standing, tend not to do as well against those that prepare for fights on the ground. In an MMA fight, it's good to be well-rounded.

    Krav-maga likes to overwhelm an opponent, focusing on reaction speed. It's not about sport-fighting, but ending a fight quickly. It's more real-world oriented, and not really arena oriented.

    Boxing is still one of the best sports that prepares for hand to hand fighting without weapons... but it's not completely well-rounded-- when it comes to kicking styles and ground fighting. Just hand to hand combat (no kicking) ... a strong boxer will usually win.

    Kung Fu is good for flexibility, fluidity.... but has been highly debated for its effectiveness in combat, especially when up against other styles. Some Kung Fu techniques may be good if incorporated into other styles, but some say many practitioners lack practical fighting experience.

    Wing Chun - preserve your strength, simple is more. Though Bruce Lee was raised on this style, his personal journey in martial arts training led him to believe that mixing martial arts styles was more effective. Even Chuck Norris with Chun Kuk Do, knew and used other styles.

    Shooto - fake him out, then take him out

    Ninjutsu - stealth. Supposedly most of what is out there today claims to be Ninjutsu, but only a handful of them teach or supposedly teach what was taught originally - what I've heard

    Keysi - strength mostly in arms. This style was featured in a fight in the movie the Dark Knight, because Batman uses his gauntlets in fighting - making practical use and purpose of his armor. Mai Sok may also be good with blocking with his gauntlets.

    Jeet Kune Do - countering attacks...what Bruce Lee's own style that he formed was called.


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  • This isn't remotely true.

    They're more popular than ever, they're just called action movies rather than martial arts movies.

    Nearly all action movies routinely use martial arts in their fight sequences., far more than were used in most "martial arts" movies.

    This is like whining that CGI hasn't been featured in a movie since Tron.

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  • Cogito
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    5 months ago


    When they first came out, and the action was all performed by real, skilled martial artists, they were a novelty and quite impressive.

    Nowadays they can fake everything digitally and making a whole movie just as an excuse to have people leaping around, kicking, using those weapons, etc, with weak plots and bad acting is no longer acceptable.

    It's all same old, same old.

    They're now predictable, boring and pointless.

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  • 5 months ago

    They were overtaken by super-hero movies. I wish they would make some more martial arts movies.

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