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Weapons
Beside the kung fu films mainly using the hands and feet to fight, Hong Kong martial arts films also know how to use all kinds of weapons. They range from the simple stick to the sword or the supple sword, the Nunchaku, the Kwan (a type of halberd), the two- or three-blade flail, etc. For those who want to learn more about traditional Chinese (and Japanese) weapons, I greatly recommend you to watch the film by Liu Chia Liang Shaolin Vs Ninja (aka Heroes Of The East) in which a married couple (a Chinese man and a Japanese woman) confront the different fighting techniques of their respective countries.
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Wing Chun
Wing Chun was founded by Yim Wing-chun; took root in the hands of Leung Chun; blossomed under Ip Man…’

Wing Chun has a history of more than 200 years. It was founded by Yim Wing Chun, took root in the hands of Leung Chun, and prospered with Ip Man. The art of Wing Chun has now become very popular with martial arts enthusiasts, especially overseas. It is a traditional Chinese martial art with a formidable reputation internationally.

Wing Chun Chuan is characterised by close body combat, requiring practitioners to show speed and power. Its Chi Sao or “sticking hands” is more similar to modern day combat skills and has a rich feel of genuine strikes.

The story of Wing Chun began in the 1920s and 30s, in wartorn China. Ip Man was martial art’s unyielding follower, devoted whole-heartedly to the free learning of wushu. The fight to be top between the Wushu schools in the southern and northern regions of China had not stopped him having goodwill matches with other practitioners. Nationalistic bad feelings and racial hatred had not lessened his respect for Japanese kung fu warriors. In this great era of hatreds and tragedies, Ip focused only on wushu. His enthusiasm for martial arts saw him having devastating straight fights with various elite practitioners.

A few movies :

Warriors Two by and with Sammo Hung
Prodigal Son by and with Sammo Hung
Wing Chun by Yuen Woo Ping with Michelle Yeoh

See also Ip Man

Source: Mandarin Films Distribution Co. Ltd
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Wires
Devices, of which the Hong Kong film industry is a past master, used to make swordsmen, ghosts and all the mythological heroes with supernatural powers fly. Later on, they will be used in almost all action films. The Matrix international success brought up to date the fantastic potential of this 'archaic' special effect. The greatest Action Directors such as Yuen Woo Ping use them or others like Corey Yuen and Tony Ching Siu Tung sometimes overuse them.
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Wisely
Pulp fiction hero created by prolific pulp novelist/screenwriter Ni Kuang. Wisely started out as a super-spy/independent investigator type with martial arts skills and modern and futuristic gadgets who gets himself mixed up in international adventures. Very much like the 007 series. Later the series became pulp science fiction, in which Wisely encounter aliens and various other bizarre forces. Cleverly mixing Chinese mythology with themes and ideas in modern sci fi the book series enjoyed wide and enthusiatic readership among the Chinese. Others recurrent characters of the series include Wisely frequent comrade in arms/mentor Dr Yuan Zhen-xia and Bai Su Wisely’s wife whose kung fu and wisdom surpass him.



It’s worth noticing that the character name is the westernized version of his Chinese one (Wei Sili/Wei Sili) which allow for a clever pun on “wise”. Wisely is therefore a suitable name for a resourceful adventurer type of hero.

Started in the seventies (not confirm) the series has enjoyed a continual success ever since even if it seem to have fallen into mediocrity in the nineties Ni Kuang having run out of ideas. The latter being a very prolific writer the number of Wisely novel is probably more than one hundred.

In the movie Wisely has being played by Chow Yun Fat in Seventh Curse (86), Sam Hui in The Legend Of Wisely (87), Chin Kar Lok in Bury Me High (91), Waise Lee in The Cat (92) and .Andy Lau in The Wesley's Mysterious File (2002). The series has also being adapted into TV series and manga.

Written by Yves Gendron based on a original text by Jean-Louis Ogé. Special contribution by Jun Wan.
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