We seen a lot of epic fight scenes performed by greatest martial artists like Jet Li, Jackie Chan, and Bruce Lee. And intense gunneries like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis. We’ve seen it all. But what kind of action can we do to make the fight scene more blockbuster title worthy?
How about…LET THERE BE GUN-FU!!!
And oh boy! The god of film-making saw it and it was good!
That must be the history of Gun Fu. They imagined Agent J and Agent K (Men in Black) shooting unlimited hobos while running on walls or falling out from a flying helicopter with a loud “LET THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOR” chorus playing on the background and—-TADA! The Matrix was born! But Gun Fu is more complex than that.
What is Gun Fu?
According to Wikipedia (of course) is the portmanteau of gun and kung fu. It is a fictional style of sophisticated close-quarters gun play resembling a martial arts battle played out with firearms instead of traditional weapons like swords and sticks. Imagine the Spartans and their slow-mo shield-and-slash fights with Persians, but instead with guns. Weren’t it be so epic? But it would sound more like Mel Gibson’s The Patriots than 300, right?
And it was good because you don’t have to use mystical powers to prove the leading character’s abilities but still make the viewers go WHOA!
Who is the father of Gun Fu?
There is no Confucius guy or whatsoever who spread the teachings of Gun Fu. No adventurer who climbed the mountains and beat the odds to reach its temple. And no Jedi with the force of any kind from a distant planet brought this to Earth. It’s just John Woo.
John Woo could be considered as the “father of Gun Fu”, though he’s not a martial artist, he’s a director who originated the style in the Hong kong film A Better Tomorrow in 1986. And who’s the first artist who mastered Gun Fu? It was the Hong Kong’s best actor Chow Yun Fat to star as the lead role for the said movie and all other “Heroic Bloodshed” genre films (Thank you Wikipedia).
What are the most popular modern movies with Gun Fu?
After Heroic Bloodshed genre films, many Hollywood films followed the style. Neo and Agent Smith’s epic train station fight scene in The Matrix; Deadpool’s bullet countdown scene; The curving bullets of Wanted; And of course, Selene’s sexy shooting style of The Underworld movies.
Equilibrium starring Christian Bale could be the most systematic and elaborate of them all with scenes of students training the martial art slightly differential to Gun Fu called Gun Kata by anticipating the probabilities instead of pure reflex (i told you it’s “complex”). John wick: Chapter 2, being the latest movie to have this technique showing on big screen is truly much awaited.
Now that I think of it, both Equilibrium and John Wick are action movies that triggered the story because of dog.
The Gun Fu today.
Today, modern self-defense and other gun-associated training have what it seems to be Gun Fu engaging to one or more target from a very short distance, with some even combined with a bladed weapon or flashlight on the other hand (Melee). Nobody wants to walk into the middle of gun war without a good fist fight nowadays.
Come on! It’s 21st Century and everybody’s not that excited to see cowboys shooting on their horses anymore. Unless the horse is armored and got suspensions.