The ancient Chinese art of "Kung Fu" -- a type of unarmed combat -- features extensively in films produced by companies in Taiwan.
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SV Woman fights man, pummels and kicks him (2 shots)
SV Two men practising Kung Fu techniques (2)
SV Man practising kicks and hand movements
SCU Woman and children practising kicks (2 shots)
SV Action scene of fight between two men
SV Camera crew and action scene of fight (2)
SV Girl climbs 20 ft wall
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Background: The ancient Chinese art of "Kung Fu" -- a type of unarmed combat -- features extensively in films produced by companies in Taiwan. Kung Fu -- which was developed over a thousand years ago -- has become more and more popular in the United States, and the film industry is riding the crest of the wave.
Last year, Taiwan earned 10 million dollars (GBP4,300,000 sterling) from the sale of films. There are 20 film companies in Taiwan, turning out about 300 films a year. Half are exported to Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, as well as the United States.
The films are packed with snapping spines and lethal acrobatics, and the story line is cut to the minimum. They often take the form of old-fashioned moral tales - good triumphs over evil, and crime never pays! The Kung Fu films are so popular in the United States that two films, showing in 100 theatres across America, recently grossed almost one million dollars (about GBP450,000 sterling).