The genre of martial arts films
originated in the Pacific Rim. This genre of film is one kind of action
movie, characterized by extensive fighting scenes, incorporating
various types of martial arts.
Although, martial arts films are not limited to asain movies. Asian
Martial Arts have shaped the way action is defined in the
western movies today.
Jean Claude van Damme
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Martial Arts Film stars can be
classified into two categories..
Experienced martial artists whom have pursued a specific martial arts
film career. These martial art film actors are experienced martial
artists on their own merits.
Here are a few of these warrior martial artists:
Lee'sEnter the Dragon (1973) was
one of the films that brought the genre into mainstream Western
His fame also helped popularize Wing Chun, the martial art that he
originally trained in, and Jeet Kune Do, the martial art that he later
created based on his personal warrior journey.
Jackie Chan continued
this crossover during the 80s and 90s, finally conquering the US market with Rumble in
the Bronx (1995) and the two Rush Hour
He is renowned for his blend of martial arts and slapstick comedy, but
has also directed, action directed and starred in over 50 films of
almost all conceivable genres.
Despite the fact that he had formal martial arts training from a
Chinese opera school, Jackie Chan often tells people that he is an
actor, not a martial artist.
Sammo Hung or Gumbo Hung
was a fellow opera school student of Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao. He has
directed, action directed and starred in numerous Hong Kong films, as
well as playing the leading role in the American TV series Martial
Yuen Biao trained Peking
Opera with Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan, and is the youngest of the three.
Lam Ching Ying learned
Peking Opera in Hong Kong.
won the Chinese national Wushu (Martial Arts) championships five times
in a row before becoming a martial art movie star.
Donnie Yen learned Wushu
from a young age and trained in Beijing.
Chuck Norris learned
Tang Soo Do, a martial art similar to Taekwondo, while in Korea; Norris
also trained together with Bruce Lee.
Steven Seagal is indeed
an aikido instructor, although quite a bit of controversy surrounds him
in the aikido world.
Jean Claude van Damme
practiced karate in Europe.
Dancers and/or actors who act in martial
arts movies under the direction of a martial arts
Martial Arts action movie stars who are primarily actors:
Michelle Yeoh: A dancer
Aaron Kwok: A dancer
turned to singing and then acting.
Keanu Reeves: He learn
kung fu moves for his role in the Matix Series.
Patrick Swayze: A dancer
turned actor, who did study many of the warrior philosphies of the
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