Martial arts are, by nature, a fantastic sport in both the reality and imagination of the public—the aspiration to kick higher, faster, and stronger matched by stories and imagery of an ancient China where chi blasts demolish entire temples and wandering warriors fly across the sky in acts of derring-do with the flick of a finger. While the martial arts have always played a central role in Chinese society as entertainment, they also exist as cautionary tales of an ever-changing world in which shifting alliances and tides of fate can turn a heroic warrior into a villain.
Brotherhood of Blades is a surprisingly refreshing modern take on a tragic sword opera that resonates with echoes of the Three Musketeers. Shot more like a steam punk overture than an over-the-top Hong Kong kick-flick, Brotherhood contains fewer of the eye-rolling elements of caricature that make some modern Chinese mainstream kung fu films harder to endure…
It’s a dilemma faced by every adolescent: follow the path laid out by your parents or be true to your heart. In Kung Fu Panda, Po pursues his dream of becoming a martial arts master when he is unexpectedly chosen as the Dragon Warrior. With the help of Master Shifu and the Furious Five, Po gets in fighting shape and prepares to defend the Valley of Peace from threatening forces, such as the evil snow leopard Tai Lung.
Look to your own inner kung fu master for guidance and create a design inspired by Po, the Furious Five, or any other aspect of Kung Fu Panda. And just remember: to make something special, you just have to believe it’s special.