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Why People Fly in Kung Fu Movies: The Evolution of Wuxia

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By SMK, 12/30/2020
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NoKUNGFUforYU

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I had a theory when I was a kid watching these movies that the Chinese believed that their elites were sort of a race of superhumans, and as time went on they lost the secrets to their powers. By the time the Manchu's came about, the de-evolution was complete. If you watch their current cinematic output, where Ancient China is this sort of super steampunk megalopsis, it kind of makes sense. I mean I don't think that it's a plausible explanation, but it sort of seems like something someone could come up with. You know, lost books on magic skills, some little twat who can jump over walls with zero training (Mu Lan), etc.

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ShawAngela

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Very interesting video, thanks for sharing.

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