Martial Arts And The Appreciation Of Asian Culture Essay

1192 Words Jul 20th, 2015 null Page
Martial art films today are popular, especially in the US. Audiences love the action, and skill, and the grace that all come with the genre. Martial art films seem like just another movie genre for some people. However, martial art films holds an interesting history, going all the way back to China. One can argue that the genre of martial arts films made martial arts and the appreciation of Asian culture more apparent in U.S society. American filmmakers usually casted Asian crew members because of their talent in martial arts. As martial arts films were getting increasingly popular in both Asia and America, Chinese culture did too. Chinese actors brought their culture into films in America. The origin on the genre was also from Asian cultural practices, such as Chinese opera and Shaolin, and the primary people that transformed the genre were also Asian.
One of the main influences of the creation of martial arts films in Chinese opera. Chinese opera consists of painting, music, dancing, acrobatics, singing, and literature. They paint to color actor’s faces with each line and color symbolizing a trait of the character that is being played. Chinese opera implemented acrobatics, doing stunts that performed rigorously for years. They dance along to traditional Chinese music that may be played, or even sung by the actors. There was also the scriptwriters, which took literacy and skill to write the opera. Chinese opera required a lot of skill, practice, and intense training.…

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