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Top Martial Arts Films of the 21st Century

For Black Belt's September 2005 issue, I wrote "Top 20 Martial Arts Films of All Time." I based my selections on each movie's impact on martial arts cinema, not necessarily on its acting or fight choreography. It wasn't an easy process then, and it wasn't any easier when the editor of Black Belt asked me to write this piece on the top films that have been released during this century. Nevertheless, I agreed. Here's my top-21 countdown.

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Streaming now on Redbox On Demand: Malin Akerman, Bella Thorne and Alec Baldwin star in the hilarious, hard-hitting comedy CHICK FIGHT. When a woman is introduced to an underground, all-female fight club in order to turn the mess of her life around, she discovers she is much more personally connected to the history of the club than she could have ever imagined. Stream CHICK FIGHT instantly on your smart TV or favorite device with the Redbox app today. Rated R.

This movie is what happens when you mix martial arts, an alien invader, and Nicholas Cage. How much more wild can you get?

Jiu Jitsu is based on a comic book written by the producer and director of the film, Dimitri Logothetis. In addition to Hollywood superstar and Academy Award winner Nicholas Cage, the film also features notable martial arts stars Alain Moussi and Tony Jaa. The movie is scheduled for theatrical and digital release on November 20th. Until then, you can enjoy this new trailer available exclusively from IGN.

Jiu Jitsu: Exclusive Official Trailer (2020) - Nicolas Cage, Tony Jaa, Frank Grillo www.youtube.com

Whether she is doubling for some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, or starring in projects of her own, Amy Johnston is a cinematic force to be reckoned with.

Daughter of Kickboxing champion Dave Johnston, Amy has been working steadily as a stunt performer, supporting actress and star in many great martial arts action films. The star of the martial arts opus Lady Bloodfight was kind enough to take a few moments away from her work on the set of her current film for the following interview.

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Netflix announced season 3 of the popular show Cobra Kai will premiere on January 8, 2021. The streaming service also announced they've renewed the show, a continuation of the original Karate Kid movies, for a fourth season.

Cobra Kai originally aired on Youtube's premium service but moved to Netflix after its second season.

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