martial artist and actor

do you think the reason so many clusters get taken down by BPO because they’re not nearly as stacked as the main one? I mean in the main one you have a hacker, a cop, an amazing martial artist, an actor with so many hidden talents, a skilled driver, someone who probably knows multiple hideouts in all of europe, a ruthless fighter who will do anything to protect the people he cares about, and someone who knows all about medicine and pharmaceuticals. like of course they’re the ones giving BPO so many problems. there is literally nothing they cant do

anonymous asked:

Hehe man, i bet a person with your knowledge of fighting must suffer terribly whenever watching any movie with a fight scene

Honestly, that’s more of an exception than the rule. Most of the time, when a stunt choreographer is putting together a fight scene, they’re working to create something visually engaging that meshes with the tone of the film as a whole. Usually, the only time a fight scene becomes irritating is when the stuntwork doesn’t fit with what the film is trying to do, or when the performers are trying to kludge something in a way that really doesn’t work (on screen).

On screen fights don’t have to follow reality at all. That’s not (usually) a problem. If the intended tone is spectacle, then flashy and flamboyant fight scenes can be remarkably enjoyable. There are also a lot of very good martial artists who’ve gone onto film. If you’re looking at something like Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, or even Jean Claude Van Damme, you’re seeing some very talented martial artists, who’ve put a lot of time developing their martial arts into a visually compelling performance.

The irony in all of this is, some actors who are, kinda, mediocre as actors are exceedingly good martial artists, meaning when you watch their films with an untrained eye, you’re seeing a very different (probably less appealing) film from someone who’s actually gone through some training, and can really recognize what they’re seeing. Van Damme is a pretty good example of this. To put it gently, he’s not a fantastic actor. He is, however, an amazing martial artist with a real talent for presentation.

In very general terms, when you’re talking about martial artists on film, the ability to deliver an entertaining performance is what’s most important. It’s what separates the martial artists you know by name from the thousands of equally skilled practitioners you’ve never heard of.

Now, experience and knowledge does change the kinds of things you value in films. Personally, I find characters that plan ahead, and start setting up contingencies ahead of time, far more interesting than ones that simply stumble in and hope things go for the best.

If you’re thinking that knowing what you’re looking at ruins films forever, that’s simply not the case. It just means you’re more likely to recognize a film where the choreographer and stunt crew weren’t on the same page as the cinematography and direction.

It’s probably worth remembering, with films, there are a lot of people working together to make the action sequences (not just the fight scenes) work. That is their area of expertise, and unless they’re asleep at the switch, they’ll do their best to sell the script. Stunt performers are a major, unsung, hero in modern films.

-Starke

This blog is supported through Patreon. If you enjoy our content, please consider becoming a Patron. Every contribution helps keep us online, and writing. If you already are a Patron, thank you.

anonymous asked:

I just read an article about the live-action Mulan remake, and the director said that so far, there are no plans to include the musical numbers. She also described it as a "girly martial arts extravaganza" and that bothers me soooooo much. This is the first live-action princess remake that has poc main characters and it feels like being cheated. It's so rare for asians to be in musicals.

I AGREE WITH YOU 100%!!! 

I mean Beauty and The Beast is the only live adaption film Disney has done so far that is a full out musical with the exception of The Jungle Book ft. like two songs in it. But Mulan is my all time favorite Disney movie, it was the epitome of my childhood. I think Mulan being a musical would be an incredible experience.

I think it is a shame that Asians do not get enough credit when it comes to art because I can think of so many talented people I know who are incredibly talented martial artists, dancers, singers, actors, artists, etc. I think Mulan could definitely showcase all of that if it was going to be a musical!!! I can just imagine how cool the choreography would be for I’ll Make a Man Out of You and I cannot believe we’re missing out on that!

And you’re right! It is rare for Asians to be in musicals. I think Lea Salonga has definitely helped paved way for Asians on Broadway (she was in Les Miserables! That’s a super white musical! She’s also the singing voice of Mulan too) + Phillipa Soo has also been killing it on Broadway with Great Comet, Hamilton, and Amelie under her belt. But in a mainstream setting, I think it’s still difficult to find a musical that has exclusively Asian roles like Allegiance, Miss Saigon, or The King and I (and believe it or not some productions still cast WHITE PEOPLE to play King Mongkut or even have an entire cast that’s white…). 

Also I agree, I think the director Niki Caro could have described the film better. The full context of the quote is “But the budget and the location and the story is offering such scope to me for [an] incredible, muscular piece of girly martial arts extravaganza in China. And I can’t wait.” (Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Will Be a ‘Girly Martial Arts Extravaganza’). And I think calling it a “muscular  piece of a girly martial arts extravaganza in China” is so cringeworthy. Mulan defied the idea that women and men are not confined to their gender normative or traditional values. It’s clear Caro is trying imply that Mulan is masculine but also feminine but conveys it poorly. If it was spoken about a man, the quote wouldn’t say “muscular piece of manly martial arts extravaganza”, it would just say “martial arts extravaganza” because men are already inherently assumed to be muscular and masculine. 

3

Not usually a fan of Dub, but this is really cool.

Johnny Yong Bosch (born 1/6/1976) is an American Actor, martial artist, voice actor and musician. His first major role was portraying Adam Park, the Black Power Ranger in the Power Ranger franchise. He provides the English voices for a number of anime’s including Kanaeda in Akira, Ichigo in Bleach, and Vash the Stampede in trigun as well as Kiba in Wolfs Rain.

( avan jogia gif hunt. )

under the cut are 123 gifs of avan jogia, who is a canadian actor, singer, dancer, model and martial artist. all of the gifs below the read more are small to medium and high quality. none of these gifs were made by me so full credit goes to the creators. having said that, if the owners would like credit for their gifs or want any of these taken down, feel free to message me. likes or reblogs would be much appreciated if you found this useful in any way.

Keep reading

2

Big Hero Six’s Ryan Potter has been cast as Beast Boy in the live-action Titans show. The 22 year old actor and martial artist is doubly notably for his campaign several years back when he tried auditioning to WB and Ben Affleck for the DCEU role of Robin.

This will be the first live-action version of the character, although there are several animated versions, almost all of whom are voiced by Teen Titans’ Greg Cipes (Young Justice’s version is voiced by Logan Grove).

Svtfoe Friendenemies Thoughts/Recap

{{Please watch the episode when it airs new on Disney XD in your timezone}}


Back at it again with Marco trying to buy some tickets to an 8 hour marathon of his favorite actor’s movies. Disney XD shows sure do always have the sold out concert/ticketed event episode (Svtfoe, phineas & Ferb, Gravity Falls), not that I mind, just pointing it out.

Hey Marco~ Can I get your help with something?

Star, baby doll, how did you do that to yourself. Oooo~h I gotcha! Starco Trash Brain says that you were tangling yourself up so Mr. Diaz here could untangle you……I’m done. She probably genuinely got herself tangled in them, but what was she doing with them in the first place? Unlike how I originally thought, it wasn’t decorating, but we never really get any form of explanation.

So, Mackie Hand’s name, punny as it is, is probably a reference to Jackie Chan

However the mention of how he died could be a reference to Brandon Lee, martial artist, actor and son of Bruce Lee, who passed unfortunately do to a tragic failed stunt while filming a movie.

Marco describes Mackie Hand very similarly to how Star worshiped Mina Loveberry


Anyway poor Marco, of course the tickets to a popular event would be sold out on the day OF the event. 

Don’t worry, I’m sure there’s still a chance you could get a ticket.

Good things don’t happen to me.”

*scoffs* Ahem, A LOT of good things happen to you. Is that a challenge, Mr. Diaz because look who came a-fire burning on the dance floor to put a stop to them fighting words. Tom, how are you not melting that ice cream, bro? 

Nice of you to pop in, you don’t even knock? Star knocked. 

Thanks to the recent online promo and synopsis from way back when, we already know Tombone here ain’t back from Daisyland and wanting to hang out with Miss Butterfly. The honor goes to Marco, who was bewildered by the very idea- what, no every time I see you you threaten my life with fire and stuff mentality- until Demon Boy flashed his pearly fangs and tickets to the only thing that will make happy at the moment.

Tom, don’t be flashy

Star starts to chew her way out of her light restraints, while Tom apologizes for every temper tantrum he’s had thus far and promises to be good, Marco detects a whiff of bullpucky and asks Star what his angle is. Star says he’s trying the “Bury the hammer”  [hatchet] and suggests he go with him. Good on you Star, rational thinking. I like it. The final deciding factor is that Tom decided to throw sparkly pixie dust on the tickets to make them extra tempting and Marco falls for it: Hook, line, and sinker. 

I hope they untied Star before they left because that is the last we see of her for the rest of both episodes. Bye Star.

Entering TOMCO Territory, are you ready?

Keep reading

So I made a Bruce Lee table...

For one of my college midterm projects, I had to make an end table.
I had to pick a noted creative person and base the way I created and decorated the table off of their biography, contributions, and creative traits we found in our chosen person (that we discussed in class). The use of metaphors was a requirement, too.
At first, I was lost- thankfully, I finally thought of Bruce Lee.
It was such a pain, but I finished it!!! And I am so happy with it. I got a 102%. I got a bit of extra credit for wearing my dobok/gi and black belt to class haha!!

First, here is a picture of my entire table:

Thankfully, I also had immense help cutting the wood, gluing it, cutting the glass, etc.

Top shelf:

Mid shelf:

Bottom shelf:

(Sorry about the stupid yellow lighting)

I also had to present the table to my class, provide a explanation of his bio, traits, why I used the objects that I did, etc. The creative traits and signs I described in my table that we went over in class were:

His birthplace (part of the bio part): I have the Golden Gate Bridge to represent his birthplace in San Fransisco, Chinatown (November 27th, 1940). I added onto this and described some of the Chinese symbolism of his birth time (6-8am) and year- it was the time of the dragon, which represents a destiny of power, luck, and strength.

Having a role model/mentor:
For this, I explained his father’s early influence on his life, as he is the one that introduced him to film and martial arts. I additionally included Yip Man’s influence. This is why I provided the picture of him and Yip Man on the top shelf..

Capacity for hard work:
While I am aware Bruce Lee used the wooden dummy, I tied ropes on the top of my table’s legs to symbolize a makiwara. I explained that despite this, the symbolism was the same in regards to martial arts in general and its training (persistence in strengthening one’s body, knuckles, and hands, and overcoming psychological barriers, etc.) I provided other examples, such as his workout routines, two-finger push-ups, etc.

Delay of gratification:
I combined this into my last ^ trait I explained. The persistence one needs, hard work, etc.

Originality, Open-mindedness,  Resiliency, Adaptability, and a Tolerance for ambiguity:
I used much of his philosophy, quotes, and teachings to describe these.

He emphasized the importance of the mental aspects in martial arts and life. In 1967, he created his own idea/philosophy called Jeet Kune Do, in which he integrated into his teachings in martial arts (Jun Fan Gung Fu). He referred to this as, “the style of no style” expressing this open-mindedness, tolerance, and dislike for rigidness, and limitations of a particular and set pattern/approach. He was open with self-expression and originality.

-
On the top shelf, I painted Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do symbols. This reflects some of the philosophy:
1. Partiality– Sharpening the tool
2. Fluidity– Utilizing the tool
3. Emptiness– Dissolving the tool

Surrounding this is Chinese Characteristics, saying “Using no way as way, Having no limitation as the limitation,” further supporting these traits and points.

-
On the middle shelf, I put a water fountain. (It’s so pretty when it’s on :P)
I used this to symbolize his water philosophy and quote:
“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend– Running water never grows stale. So, you just have to ‘keep on flowing’“ -Bruce Lee

-
Outlining the last and middle shelf, I put bamboo sticks. This is to represent his adaptability, resiliency, flexibility, and his writings/philosophy. I paraphrased his quote, “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.”

-
Bruce Lee described that his life, actions, and martial arts movements are a “reflection” of his philosophy and mind. I put a mirror on the bottom shelf to represent this connection, reflection, and self-expression, with the mind and body. One of his quotes that express this are, “Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul.”   

Multiple skills:
I described how Bruce Lee was not only a martial artist and actor, but that he was also a director, producer, writer, poet, created his own philosophy, has multiple writing/books, and also studied psychology. I provided a book at the bottom that he supposedly read. Allan Watts was one of his favorite authors.
I also provided the production clapperboards on the bottom shelf to symbolize his work in film.

Good communicator:
I pretty much explained that with his studies, expressions, writings, teachings, film involvement, etc., that he was clearly a good communicator. I also explained a bit how he liked to individually teach students and used these skills to help teach others and recognize where they need benefit, where their strengths are, where their weaknesses are, etc.

His death:
I went over his death in 1973 and provided a picture of him in Enter the Dragon, as he died right before it was released. I’ve thought it was ironic that his birth was the time of the dragon and that he died during the production of Enter The Dragon.

When I presented it, I presented it in the form of a bio/story- I started at his birth, went through his life and contributions, with specific examples, and ended at his death. I just don’t want to type that all out. :P
I did all of this in three days. Phew! /:
Hope you like it! :D I now have a really cool shelf I can use, too.