Fighting, whether sanctioned or no-holds-barred, is without a doubt the oldest form of competition that mankind has ever engaged in. Technology rapidly came into play and has been seen out to its inevitable conclusion, which removes man from the equation almost entirely. Today, robotic drones are poised to do much of our fighting for us—whether we ultimately end up in a Robot Jox scenario where wars are decided by giant mech battles is a valid and awesome question. And yet, despite all of our sophistication and technology, we still fight by hand as well. Some is driven by necessity.
Another distinction to keep in mind is the difference between wuxia — a historical genre that blends chivalry and romance with high-flying action—and kung fu, which places more emphasis on harder-hitting fighting styles and can take place any time between ancient history and the modern day. Both regions and styles of filmmaking are represented in our selection of female-led Chinese martial arts movies. Epic sweep, light-hearted comedy, stunning cinematography, and magnetic performances that make expert fight choreography look effortless are also in abundance. The plot of the film is fairly simple: After nimble swordswoman Golden Swallow Cheng dispatches some goons who challenge her at an inn, she catches the eye of a local drunk and secret kung fu master , Fan Da-Pei Yueh Hua , who despite his reservations helps her confront the evil abbot, Liao Kung Yeung Chi-hing , who is holding her brother hostage. Lin co-stars in the Mulan-esque role here, playing a rebel warrior from the Ming Dynasty era traveling in disguise as a man. The subsequent showdown is like something out of a Western, as is the sweeping desert cinematography. But given the quality of the subtitles and transfer on the disc, you may be better off hunting down a YouTube rip from a Chinese Blu-ray—like, oh, say, here. How many Star Trek captains can say they do their own stunts? Like Mulan, Wing Chun dresses like a man in order to practice kung fu unbothered.
All rights reserved. Rippling muscles, intense expressions and glistening hot bodies. Oh, admit it, why else would we want to sit through such OD-on-testosterone-type movies with our male friends or partners? Thank you, gods of HD Blu-ray players, for the magic button that is slow motion playback. During his intensive eight-month training, the K-pop superstar only lived on chicken breast and vegetables, and trained alongside stuntmen for 10 hours a day. But when it came to bedroom skills, he was anything but bashful. Cue squeals and longing sighs. OK, so we cheated. But these two Taiwanese heartthrobs looked so badass together in the movie, we had to include both.
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