Kung Fu Film
With a number of fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China, Kung Fu is a Chinese traditional sport and a precious cultural heritage accumulated by the Chinese people in the long history. As time went by, the influence of Kung Fu became broader, and references to it can be found in poetry, song, fiction, and latterly, film. The Kung Fu Film has mainly been produced in China and reached its peak in 1970s. Featured for its fighting scenes and various marital arts, the Kung Fu Film is very popular and offers the Kung Fun fans a visual feast.
Like westerns for Americans, Kung Fu Film has become an identity of Chinese cinema. The origin of the Chinese Kung Fu Film is the wuxia period films. The wuxia period films came into vogue due to the thousands of years’ popularity of wuxia novels, such as the works written by Jin Yong and Gu Long. While, the reason why the Chinese Kung Fu become famous all over the world is just because a serious of action movie of Bruce Lee. The acts in the movie are highly appreciated by the international world and enable the signboard of Chinese Kung Fu shining in the world. Bruce Lee has done a great contribution to the modern martial arts and the development of the movie arts. Other notable figures of the Kung Fu Film include Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Yuen Biao, and Donnie Yen.
The Representative Figures of the Kung Fu Film
Bruce Lee has done a great contribution to the modern martial arts and the development of the movie arts. His appearance made the word Kung Fu first appeared in the English dictionary and enable the world to know the Kung Fu so directly. Bruce lee has become the embodiment of Kung Fu and he himself can be seen as an immortal legend. The movie Chinese Connection, Enter the Dragon and Fists of Fury are the classics of Bruce Lee.
Born in Hong Kong in 1954, Jackie Chan is an international giant Kung Fu star and one of the most influential movie stars and directors. He has a high prestige and influence in the mainland of China, Hong Kong and other Chinese regions. His works are mainly the breathtaking action and one of his works, the police story, has been awarded as one of the best story films. Drunken Master produced in 1979 is one of the famous movies acted by Jackie Chan. With a total of 89 films, Jackie Chan is an actor with the most of the Kung Fu movies in the Guinness Book.
Born in Guangdong in 1963, Donnie Yen is a famous Kung Fu movie actor and director. It is said that his mother is a world famous martial artist and the master of Tai Chi, who has founded the famous international institute of Chinese marital arts. Since Donnie Yen was a little boy, he has been taught the Chinese Kung Fu, which built a traditional foundation for the learning of Kung Fu. With the influence of his mother and the thirst for the knowledge of the Kung Fu, he has seen almost all of the martial art movies. Hence, he knows his idol Bruce Lee and learned a variety of Kung Fu styles of Bruce Lee gradually. Not only did he explore the Kung Fu style, Donnie Yen has also established his own martial arts system. YIP Man produced in 2008 and Swordsman produced in 2011 are the famous movies acted by Donnie Yen.
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