Martial arts in film stunts [Video]

January 11, 2015

A directors chair surrounded by light waits for the action to start.

If you’re a fan of action flicks, odds are you’ve seen plenty of martial arts performed on the silver screen. From common forms of the sport, like taekwondo, to more obscure ones like wushu, martial arts serve as the foundation for so many of the stunts performed by professionals in Hollywood.

{maker} In the 1970s, the film and martial arts worlds were merged through the work of one international superstar: Bruce Lee. His appearances in movies quickly turned Lee into one of the most famous martial artists of all time and a pop culture icon almost overnight. His use of martial arts made him one of Hollywood’s best stuntman ever.

The use of martial arts stunts in Hollywood didn’t go away, even with the death of Lee in 1973. Martial arts are continually used in film stunts and are even featured as major themes in modern film, like “Shaolin” and “13 Assassins.”