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This page contains links to the greatest Martial Arts & Kung Fu Movie stars of all time. A sub-genre of the action film, martial arts films contain numerous thrilling and expertly choreographed fights between characters, usually as the movies primary appeal and entertainment value and often as a method of storytelling and character development.

kung fu movie actors, martial artsMartial arts are frequently featured in training scenes and other sequences in addition to fights. A classic example of this style of film is “36th Chamber of Shaolin“, produced by the Shaw Brothers and staring the seminal Gordon Liu. Martial arts films commonly include other types of action, such as stunt work, chases, and/or gunfights.

As with other action films, martial arts films are dominated by action to varying degrees; many martial arts films have only minimal plot and character development, focusing almost exclusively on the action, while other martial arts films rely more on complex plots and characters. Films of the latter type are generally considered to be artistically superior films but many fans of the genre can appreciate all flavor of kung fu movies.

Martial arts films contain many characters who are martial artists, and these roles are often played by actors who are real life martial artists. Actors and their directors who are less versed may rely more on film making tricks like camera angles, editing, doubles, under-cranking, wire work, and computer-generated imagery. Trampolines and springboards can also be used to increase the height of jumps. These techniques are sometimes used by real martial artists as well, depending on the style of film.

Martial arts films have been produced all over the world, but the genre has been dominated by Hong Kong action cinema, peaking from 1971 with the rise of Bruce Lee until the mid 1990s with a general decline in the industry. Martial arts films have become truly global with hit making turns from film makers spanning continents from Asia the Americas.

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