Hi, jkorpel. I have no knowledge at all in the martial arts, but did want to welcome you to the forum. Showing your age? You could have been 10 years old when those students showed up at your dojo, eh? Hope you enjoy yourself here on the forum.jkorpel said:I would have to say the Akira Kurasawa Classics: "The Seven Samurai", "Yojimbo", and "Sanjuro". These classic movies were the first to introduce the west to Bushido concepts.
I would also add "Harikiri" by Masaki Kobayashi. If you haven't seen this 1962 classic, its a must see.
For open hand martial arts it would have to be "Enter the Dragon"
Of course "Above the Law" because it introduced the world to my favorite Martial Art! Couldn't believe all the new students that showed up at my dojo after this movie came out.
Guess I'm showing my age here
i agree with you there.Littledragon said:The majority of the list I disagree with. I agree with Master Killer, Blood Sport, Enter The Dragon, Billy Jack, and Enter The Ninja as Martial Arts revoultionizing films.
But they left out too many instead taken place by The Matrix, and bad kung fu movies like Lo Han's 5 Fingers Of Death.
What about the revoultionizing Jackie Chan films such as Drunken Master, Dragon's Forever, Police Story, Project A? Or Steven Seagal's Above The Law? Or Jet Li's Fist Of Legend?
Kung Fu with David Carradine? I liked that as a kid, and I knew even less then about martial arts then than I do know. That was a great show, grasshopper. You're right. That was definitely--as the title of this thread says--influential.ad_adrian said:anyone remember the kung fu series of the 70's??
in my opinion they started a pretty huge trend
and of course bruce lee movies
Serena said:Thought some of you might be interested in this list.
So, what's your opinion? Agree or disagree?
I like how they included Steven Seagal as one of the "few talented martial artists to reach super stardom through film".
Most Influential Martial Arts Films of All Time
April 2, 2005
Karate Kidz Online has compiled a list of the most influential martial art movies that have had the most significant impact on the world of martial arts.
These movies broke new ground and paved the way for a few talented martial artists to reach super stardom through film, such as Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, Jean Claude Van Damm, Sho Kosugi and Jackie Chan. Never again will moviegoers see a low budget martial arts film hit the big time as the making of martial arts films have grown to hefty budgets and super effects such as scene in the films “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” and the “Hero”.
With films like Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” Volume I and II, setting the pace for todays martial arts films, the actors, directors and producers of martial arts films of yesterday will go down in history as being the true pioneers of martial arts in film. So we have excluded recent titles from this list and will feature them in a separate segment focusing on the progression of martial arts in Hollywood.
This list is not in any particular order.
ENTER THE DRAGON
CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON
THE KARATE KID
GOOD GUYS WEAR BLACK
FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH
RUMBLE IN THE BRONX
ENTER THE NINJA
FIVE DEADLY VENOMS
THE KID WITH THE GOLDEN ARM
THE LAST DRAGON
Though many other martial arts films will be developed with huge budgets in mind, thanks to the “Matrix” and Mr. Quentin Tarantino and others will be made that will go straight to DVD, it is doubtful that they will ever have the impact of the above mentioned films.