- Kung Fu champion Zak Song rates seven spear and staff fight scenes in movies for realism.
- Song discusses the defensive capabilities of bo staffs in “Ip Man” and “Pacific Rim.”
- He also analyzes the importance of spear length in “Fearless” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
Kung Fu champion Zak Song rates seven spear and staff fight scenes in movies, such as “Ip Man,” for realism.
Song discusses the accuracy of spear and staff scenes in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000), featuring Michelle Yeoh; “Ip Man” (2008), starring Donnie Yen; and “Fearless” (2006), with Jet Li. He also comments on the acrobatic and striking techniques in “Pacific Rim” (2013) and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (2021), starring Simu Liu. Song analyzes the tactics displayed in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” (1999) and “Hand of Death” (1976).
Song is a champion martial artist and has been teaching kung fu and wushu for over 26 years. Song won a gold medal at the 2003 Chinese National Kung-Fu/Wushu/Sanda Competition. He also won the Oceania Kung-Fu Wushu Championships in the modern wushu forms and weapons categories in 2014 as well as winning the New Zealand Kung-Fu Wushu Championships in both traditional kung fu (hand forms) and modern wushu (short weapons) categories in 2012.
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