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Nothing pumps up the action in a movie more than two (or more) skilled fighters just going at it. Be it a raw combat or CGI-assisted set pieces, every punch and kick in these fights is a step in an intricate dance.
The Matrix (1999) – Fight Coordinator: Yuen Woo-Ping
This movie was jam-packed with awesome fight scenes, but the Agent Smith vs Neo fight in the subway is a the ultimate combination between special effects and hand-to-hand combat.
Raging Bull (1980) – Director Martin Scorsese made the bold and unusual choice to put the camera inside the ring in the final fight with Sugar Ray Robinson, showing the fight from a boxer’s POV.
Ong Bak (2003) – Choreographer: Prachya Pinkaew
The movie that introduced the world to Tony Jaa, and fight choreographer Prachya Pinkaew, this is a full-throttle, no-holds-barred fight – no wires, no effects, just Muay Thai.
The Bourne Ultimatum – Fight Stunt Coordinator: Jeff Imada
This movie makes the bold choice of shooting a fight scene without music, letting the sense of urgency and action come completely from the fighters (and the props they throw at each other, hit each other with, and crash through, of course).
Hero (2002) – Fight Choreographer: Chium Siu-Tung
The Grey Fight between Jet Li and Donnie Yen is one of the most perfect weapons fights ever filmed, elevated by the fact that it takes place entirely within the two characters’ minds… until the end.
Kill Bill Vol. 1 – Fight Coordinator: Yuen Woo-Ping
A nod and send-up of 70s Kung Fu flicks, the Bride takes on an astounding number of bad guys, resulting in gushes and gushes of blood, and a plucked-out eye.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) – Fight Coordinator: Yuen Woo-Ping, Director: Ang Lee
There’s some beautiful wire work in Crouching Tiger, but for sheer precision and skill on display, we love the training-hall face-off between Michelle Yeoh and Ziyi Zhang
Killzone SPL (2005) – Choreographers: Donnie Yen and Wu Jing
Yen is a martial arts legend, and his fights could comprise a list in and of itself, but this largely improvised fight has to be one of the most impressive achievements.
Legend of the Drunken Master (1994) – Choreography: Jackie Chan
A true classic of Jackie Chan’s work, the final factory fight couldn’t be a more pure expression of Jackie Chan’s style.
Enter The Dragon (1973) – Choreographer: Bruce Lee
We couldn’t go any other way with the #1 on this list. Without Bruce Lee’s incredible skills, and this iconic fight, movie fights wouldn’t be what they are today.
Fear is a major part in cliff diving. And safety is always the priority.
Does a cliff diver need the feeling of fear to dive safely? What is it exactly, that scares them – the height, the risk of injury? How do scuba divers, a stable platform and the experience of overcoming your fears influence the diving performance? Is fear, in the end, something positive?
Thursday 24th of July 2014, the Swing Jumping World Championships took place in Kotka, Finland.
The competitors jumped from a special 6 meters tall swing. Landing is done in water and the jumps picked with summersaults and twists are judged based on the “wow factor”.
In connection with the championships, an unofficial world record for the longest swing jump was also reached. This record was achieved by Ernest Kymi from Finland, whose record jump carried him all the way to 17 meters.