8 Martial Arts Masters That Changed Cinema Comments - Mania.com


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FerretJohn 11/24/2009 9:15:07 AM

Chuck Norris definitely should've been here.  The first non-asian martial arts star, he revitalized the american martial arts film industry after Bruce's death.

Plus he has another fist behind his beard  :-)   (couldn't resist)

And while I don't think his work would quite get him here it is enough for Honorable Mention:  Sammo Hung, proving you don't need washboard abs to kick ass.

Whitelotuspriest 11/24/2009 9:18:34 AM

Oh yeah I also think you should add the actors that played the 5 deadly venoms. They opened the door for alot of great kung fu movies.

greycouncil 11/24/2009 9:54:07 AM

I'm glad Donnie Yen made the list. and #2 at that.  He is truly an underrated martial artist. If you get a chance, check out "Iron Monkey"

AFWICK14 11/24/2009 10:07:24 AM

This list should have Sho Kosugi on it.  He played alot of Martial Arts/Ninja movies, very big in the 80's.  Without him on it, this list is incompleted, and why just eight.  Sho and Chuck should be on this.

AFWICK14 11/24/2009 10:11:02 AM

Also, for the uninformed Sho is in Ninja Assassin, google his name, you maybe suprised at how many movies you seen of his. 

Whitelotuspriest 11/24/2009 10:12:21 AM

Another Honorable mention is Sonny Chiba.

AFWICK14 11/24/2009 10:20:38 AM

Also, for the uninformed Sho is in Ninja Assassin, google his name, you maybe suprised at how many movies you seen of his. 

violator14 11/24/2009 11:23:47 AM

I also agree with this list, although Jet should have come before ALOT of the other stars.
Wyldstaar- I couldnt have said it better myself about Chuck. Although he was popular as pretty much one of the first caucasian martial artists, his skills set and style does not even compare to these guys. His movements are quite slow and dull in my opinion.

*sigh*.... if only Bruce didnt die, the potential for even more amazing movies, and cool shit he would have given to the world!!!! =(

and u GOTTA love that Stephen Chow fight scene in Kung Fu Hustle. He needs to direct a Dragonballz movie in that fashion!!! Damn you "Dragonball:Evolution Director" whoever u are, for giving us that crapfest of a film! F and Double F!!

hanso 11/24/2009 11:51:43 AM

After posting this article the writer died by a roundhouse kick to the face.  Nobody fucks with Chuck.

tjanson 11/24/2009 12:48:17 PM

Norris should have been on the list whether he is white, black, red or green...the fact of the matter is that Kung-Fu films were nothing more than late saturday night TV and cheap drive-in fare until Norris helped make them mainstream for American audiences.  Like it or not...right or wrong...in the 70s and 80s, America simply wasn't going to embrace an Asian star.  Even Bruce Lee was little more than a cult icon

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