Let's talk about swordfighting in movies.
April 1, 2006 12:19 PM Subscribe
What are the most realistic swordfighting movies? Also, let's analyze the swordfighting in popular movies.
posted by agropyron to society & culture (78 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for movies with realistic portrayals of swordfighting, be it fencing, broadswords, katanas, or whatever. The movies overall don't have to be realistic, just the swordfighting. (I'd be interested in a sci-fi or fantasy movie with a realistic swordfighting scene.)
Also, discuss the realism of the swordfighting in these movies:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Obviously most of the action in this movie is unrealistic. How about the swordfighting scenes that don't take place in the treetops? I know the actors aren't martial artists, so I'm assuming that the answer is "not very realistic", but I'd like to hear comments.
Again, clearly not a realistic setting. But imagine a world where lightsabers existed, and Jedi have powers as portrayed in the movies. (Super-fast reflexes, ability to leap great distances, etc.) Has anyone done any analysis of the likely techniques Jedi might actually develop? What is the best style when you're carrying a long, nearly weightless rod that can maim with a mere touch?
Imagining such a world, it seems like the lightsaber duels in Episodes 4-6 are far more credible than those shown in Episodes 1-3. Fewer superfluous backflips, etc. Thoughts?
Kill Bill, Part 1
I'm guessing the sword fights here were pretty laughable. How about the knife fight at the opening of the movie?
Feel free to add your own analysis of your favorite movies.