As a lifetime student of numerous martial arts (Judo, Jujitsu, Karate-Do, Boxing, Wrestling, Kendo, Kenjutsu, Tai Chi etc.)I have always enjoyed action movies of all kinds. This very informative and interesting DVD provides a short history and the development of martial art action films in China. This 96 minute film is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and shows highlights from numerous action martial art films such as Once Upon a time in China, The one-armed swordsman, crouching tiger, hidden dragon, Rush Hour 2, and numerous other early classic Chinese martial art films.
This DVD also includes various interviews with legendary film makers like Ang Lee, John Woo, the Shaw brothers, Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan, and many other well-known martial art people. In total there are short scenes from over 100 movies, some of these include very early Chinese films have never been shown before this time. One of the interesting facts about these early martial art films is that many of these roles were played by women martial art experts.
In conclusion, if you are a martial art movie fan, you may want to check out this interesting "The Art of Action" DVD. The historical aspects combined with various clips of scenes and the interviews make this an entertaining movie to watch.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior's poetic tribute)