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The Martial Arts in Film and TV
The philosophy of the martial arts as a merge of physical and spiritual mastery.
# 24481 | 2,025 words | 20 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 12, 2003 in Communication (Television) , Sport (General) , Film (General)


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The philosophy of the martial arts as a merge of physical and spiritual mastery. History of Kung Fu films in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Films of Wong Fei Hong. Impact of Bruce Lee. Other actors such as Brandon Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal. Current martial art films and TV.

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"Introduction


Martial arts is simply defined as the arts of warfare (de Castro, Orpeza & Rhodes, 1993; Ross, 1999). For example, in Japan, while samurai were engaged in swordplay, karate-do (“way of the empty hand,”) was secretly taught to weaponless peasants for self-defense (de Castro, et. al., 1993). Tae kyon (“push shoulder”) in Korea, as well as Kali in the Philippines, were outlawed by conquering nations desiring a defenseless population (1993). In fact, General MacArthur outlawed the Greater Japanese Martial Arts Association and banned martial arts in Japanese schools at the conclusion of WWII (Neide, 1995). Such deliberate prohibition assumes that the study of the martial arts is synonymous with combat training.


A closer look, however, reveals an art that has a philosophy..."

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