Those of you who are martial arts film buffs know the film Bloodsport (1988). A cult classic and Jean-Claude Van Damme's breakout role, it tells the story of Frank Dux, a renowned martial artist who enters a full-contact tournament called the Kumite. The film is one of my guilty pleasures and features martial arts styles from all over the world. So what does this have to do with the green dragons and food?
In the beginning of the film we learn about how the young Frank Dux is caught stealing from Senzo Tanaka (played by legend Roy Chiao). Tanaka tells the boy that he must learn martial arts or he will call the cops. An interesting conversation occurs between Tanaka and Dux's parents when they ask about their son's new interest in martial arts (see the clip below).
In Bloodsport the training sequence shows an interesting departure from what many see as martial arts. A blindfolded Frank balances a tray full of hot tea as he brings it to Tanaka and his wife, calmly setting the table and serving the food. The three enjoy the tea together when all of a sudden Tanaka launches a strike at Frank's face.
This is just one example of finding green issues in martial arts films. If you look around there are often embedded environmental and green ideals in martial arts films. Send your own scenes in and I'll keep looking and writing about them too. -Mike