The Bladed Hand: The Global Impact of the Filipino Martial Arts

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    Peachie Saguin and Tony Diego in "The Bladed Hand."


The Bladed Hand: The Global Impact of the Filipino Martial Arts


Wednesday May 29 07:30 PM
Thursday May 30 01:00 PM
Thursday May 30 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Directed by Jay Ignacio, Philippines, 2012, 90 mins

Director Jay Ignacio takes a close look at Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) as a global phenomenon. Also known as “Arnis,” “Eskrima” and “Kali,” this indigenous martial art has long been considered the most effective weapon-based fighting system by both military and law enforcement systems. A young Bruce Lee brought it to the world in Enter The Dragon, making it an integral part of Hollywood cinema. FMA is now the martial art of choice for top fight choreographers such as Jeff Imada (The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Book of Eli, Lethal Weapon), Robert Alonzo (Mission: Impossible 3) and Jon Eusebio (The Bourne Legacy). Despite FMA’s international success, it has been neglected, and even forgotten in the Philippines—this film seeks to change that.

View the trailer.

Special guest: Director Jay Ignacio will introduce the film and lead a post-screening Q+A for all three screenings.

Martial arts demo at May 30, 7:30pm screening: Chief instructor Ray dela Cruz will lead Bandalan Doce Pares Hawaii in a Filipino martial arts demo following the screening. They will use eskrima sticks and training knives.

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