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Skilled fight choreography, how long has it been since you’ve seen it?

Nostalgia is rising for the grounded, acrobatic, and often intense combat scenes that once enthralled viewers. As streaming platforms take over entertainment, audiences revisit beloved classics and uncover lesser-known treasures featuring masterful fight choreography. This newfound appreciation for skillfully choreographed fight sequences has increased demand for martial arts films and television shows. As a result, production companies and creators are trying to deliver engaging, action-packed content that showcases the artistry of combat and weaves intricate and captivating stories for viewers to enjoy.

Warrior’s blend of history and action

During a rainy weekend last year, HBO Max’s ‘Warrior’ rose to prominence from the depths of streaming collections. In the 1870s, in San Francisco, the show delves into the world of Chinese gangs, ruthless Irish officers, and dishonest politicians fighting for survival in America. The show may not be considered prime television based on Bruce Lee’s writings — but it is well-crafted and boasts some of the finest fight choreography ever displayed on screen. ‘Warrior’ manages to blend historical accuracy with thrilling action, creating a captivating viewing experience for its growing fan base. As the compelling narratives unfold, viewers are treated to a unique exploration of cultural identity and conflict during a tumultuous period in American history.

Andrew Koji and Joe Taslim in Warrior -- Cinemax
Andrew Koji and Joe Taslim in Warrior — Cinemax

American adoption of elaborate fight scenes

Before the superhero surge, fight choreography was not a long-standing practice in the U.S. Acclaimed film essayist Patrick Willems points out that it wasn’t until ‘The Matrix in 1999 that American audiences began seeking the type of fight sequences often seen in cult hits like ‘Eastern Promises’ or Asian cinema. This shift in audience preferences brought a new era of intricately designed, adrenaline-pumping fight scenes that blended martial arts, stunts, and special effects in Hollywood productions. As a result, the demand for expert fight choreographers grew exponentially, creating more visually stunning and thrilling combat sequences on both the big and small screens.

Here is a simple fight scene tutorial.

Streaming services and the demand for intricate choreography

The rise of Marvel Studios and streaming services like Netflix has led to the realization that action entertainment has become somewhat diluted, possibly sparking a renewed interest in detailed fight sequences. Audiences seek more intricate choreography and realism in their on-screen battles, showcasing the hero’s combat skills and the overall art of fight direction and stunt work. As a response to this demand, filmmakers and streaming platforms are investing more time and effort into crafting memorable and engaging action set pieces that can stay etched in viewers’ minds for a long time.

The critical question is not whether Hollywood’s top players will conform but which will adapt rapidly enough to remain pertinent in this ever-evolving domain. With the constant advancements in technology and shifting audience preferences, industry leaders must stay ahead of the curve and embrace necessary changes.

Featured Image Credit: Cottonbro Studio; Pexels

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Deanna Ritchie
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Deanna was an editor at ReadWrite until early 2024. Previously she worked as the Editor in Chief for Startup Grind, Editor in Chief for Calendar, editor at Entrepreneur media, and has over 20+ years of experience in content management and content development.

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