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Harkon72
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you learn where karate goes, you wont need to.

Another of my favourites is the original Karate Kid Series, the one liners from Mr Miagi are classic. It's a pity that Daniel San is arguably the most miss cast character in martial arts movie history.
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joaolx
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bruce Lee´s movies all the way
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Novicewarrior
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ElShaft wrote:
Enter the Dragon
Kill Bill vol 1 and 2 both have some amazing fight scenes
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Yes Zatoichi!

Zatoichi series (the older one) is my favorite series.
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Doomed
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2015 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as strictly Karate movies go, I personally enjoy The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid II. They don't have a lot of action and are a bit formulaic, granted, but I love the sense of balance: Physical and mental discipline are given equal emphasis.

Martial Arts, in general? It's tough, but I'll go with the Matrix trilogy. Slickly done action scenes, with an epic arc that makes you think. Pretty underrated, in my opinion.
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scohen0300
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, growing up on Jackie Chan and Jet Li movies, it felt like something special when the Forbidden Kingdom came out. So most, if not all of their movies.

I thoroughly enjoy the original Karate Kid.

Enter The Dragon is perfect.

Love Ip Man 1&2.

The only Karate specific movie that had potential and I've seen was something called Karate Warrior. I wish more movies that portray a real style of Karate would come out since there are endless opportunities for an awesome storyline following a Karateka!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably Kuro Obi, aka ,Blackbelt. It is one of those rare movies where the actors are actually genuine martial artist. Both main actors are Dan grade holders with good skills. Although a specific style is not mentioned in the movie, one is trained in Goju-ryu and the other is in Shotokan.

As a second choice not too far behind, all the karate themed movies starring Sonny Chiba from the mid 60s to 70s. Sonny China is trained as a stuntman as well as karate, possibly Kyokushinkai.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spartacus Maximus wrote:
Probably Kuro Obi, aka ,Blackbelt. It is one of those rare movies where the actors are actually genuine martial artist. Both main actors are Dan grade holders with good skills. Although a specific style is not mentioned in the movie, one is trained in Goju-ryu and the other is in Shotokan.

As a second choice not too far behind, all the karate themed movies starring Sonny Chiba from the mid 60s to 70s. Sonny China is trained as a stuntman as well as karate, possibly Kyokushinkai.


Chiba was a student of Mas Oyama. He portrayed Oyama in several films.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm really not a fan of MA movies. Too many chiches, bad acting, and unrealistic fighting. I have a few I really enjoy however...

Karate Kid 1 & 2
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
The Last Dragon

My favorite MA movie by far is The Last Samurai. Great story line, acting and great MA sequences.

Going to stream The Real Mr. Miyagi on Netflix tonight.
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Spartacus Maximus
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martial arts movies have an entirely different appeal when one can understand and identify the difference between what looks good on film and how it might look in real life. A few years ago there was a documentary explaining from a martial artist point of view how to adapt techniques for the movies.
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IcemanSK
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a few. Taekwondo-based films. "Best of the Best," & "Spin Kick have great stories to go wth the MA.

I also really like the fighting in Billy Jack. For the time, they went outside the box of what was done to add excitement to the fight scenes.
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