Saturday, February 2, 2013
Films of Fury (2011)
Ric Meyers scripted the film Films of Fury based upon his book of the same name. It's an 80 minute overview of the history of martial arts films in China and the United States and it's exactly the sort of thing that will have you running out to get a bunch of the films show cased in the film.
A breezy rapid fire history the film takes things from the early days of the genre, actually before it was a genre, and marches head long toward today. The film is narrated by an animated video store clerk who is telling a customer everything he wanted to know about martial arts movies from the black and white days to the films of the late 60's when the genre as we know it began to be formed, to the early 70's when Bruce Lee mania hit, through the 80's when Tsui Hark and John Woo changed things, on to Hollywood who stole and then was was stolen from on today's masters like Donnie Yen. It's everything you need to know to understand how things are related.
Full of great clips this is a film that had me taking notes and trying to figure out what I've seen, what I own and what I need to see. Watching the film I was constantly going "Saw that. Have that. Need that". In more than a couple of cases I realized I needed to see some of the films listed sooner than later. This is exactly the sort of film that I'd like to have around to show people what the history of martial arts is.