Wushu
Wushu, the modern competitive sport form of traditional Chinese martial arts, also enjoys a popular following in Japan, with high-level competitions held. For performance routines, artistic expression and acrobatic athleticism are both indispensable, with judges also looking for realism and an understanding of martial arts principles. Two former national champions share insights into their respective styles, as well as the qualities of a winning performance. We also meet a film crew of former wushu competitors looking to kickstart a new kung fu action movie trend in Japan.