Stunt performers are an essential part of a good action film, allowing the lead actors to look as though they’re performing death-defying feats without actually putting them at risk. However, there’s really nothing quite like having an actor do their own stunts, and really selling the action! Here are some famous actors who do their […]
An array of photographers captured these stunning images of gold fireflies during Japan’s rainy season in June and July. A dazzling long-exposure effort, the fireflies resemble a chimerical glittery effect only seen by fairies in enchanted forests.
If the idea of a 45-minute action scene is your idea of a good time, then you have to watch this Takashi Miike masterpiece. If a samurai film can be judged by its final battle, then 13 Assassins is easily one of the greatest samurai flicks of all time. The movie has everything you’d expect from the […]
A lot of the time martial artists are examined on the basis of strength, on how good they are at certain techniques, and on their ability to improve overall cardio fitness. But there’s also speed to consider, especially that of your reflexes. Often, there’s no room to think; you just have to be faster! Here […]
People visiting Japan are often attracted to the beautiful and unique traditional arts, especially samurai culture. The katana is one such item that represents the beauty of samurai culture. It is a highly functional weapon that symbolizes the formal attire and status of samurai. The katana has established its position as an artwork exuding class […]
According to the Western calendar, January 25 is the anniversary of the Battle of Mikatagahara, fought in 1573. (The actual date of the conflict was Genki 3/12/22, but I’ll explain the complexities and problems of dating in the life and career of Tokugawa Ieyasu in another post.) Today I therefore wanted to offer a brief […]
Perhaps the greatest and best-known martial artist of all time wasn’t a wizened old man in ancient China or Japan, but a warrior, film actor and director, and writer in the 20th century. Bruce Lee, whose real name was Lee Jun-fan, was a cultural symbol, a driving force in the representation of Asians in cinema, and a master […]
The sword is silent as it leaves its scabbard in an expert draw. The only sound it makes is when it whistles as it cuts through the air. It might be the last sound you ever hear. (That’s Sang Kim sensei cutting. Pretty awesome, right?) Why study the sword? Tales of swords have entranced […]