On the Thought of the Day
BLACK BELT: Ever think how lucky we are to have martial arts movies? No matter how many stinkers there may be, it’s better than having nothing. What if you were into, say, rollerblading? How many cinematic treats do you think you’d get per year?
Jay Jagger: I think Japanese cinema has produced some outstanding movies with martial arts, especially swordsmanship, as a primary combat vehicle — even [Akira] Kurosawa’s early Sanshiro Sugata wraps a story around martial Ǥ ǡ ϐ Ǥ ϐ ϐ Ǥ - tial arts as primary or secondary focus which are very good outside of the grade-Z/straight-to-video stuff we see now.