Documentaries are a tricky genre as just about anyone can make them, but if you don’t have an interesting subject matter or inventive approach then people just won’t care. Some documentaries focus on a specific audience making it a bit harder to get the mainstream attention, but manage to really connect with those that they do. Empty Hand: The Real Karate Kids is one of those that will likely register more to the fans of martial arts than anyone else, but can it score high enough to win or will it be down for the count?
Empty Hand: The Real Karate Kids follows four young karate competitors who prepare to fight against their toughest rivals in the biggest tournament of the year. From the confines of the Karate dojo, to the wider outside world and beyond their comfort zone, the four struggle to balance the rigors of training with the demands of being a young person in America. This film takes on the popular reality format used with pageant and dance shows, but takes it in a direction to not only showcase the martial arts, but the path of these great martial artists as well. Here you see people truly motivated by something inside themselves and parents that are supportive and understanding as opposed to the crazed variations seen in other stories like this. Most of this is thanks to the martial arts itself and the moralities it injects into those truly bound to it. They have taken a simplistic approach to telling this story with effective results allowing each of these young people’s stories to be told before shifting complete focus on the competition itself. It’s great to see this competitive spirit alive alongside respect and honor that is often missing in our world today. These are some really talented and dedicated young martial artists that both entertain and impress with their abilities and focus. Those into the martial arts itself will get plenty of enjoyment seeing the competition in action showcasing weapons, empty hand and sparring that is shot well and sucks you right into cheering for those you relate too.
While this film’s big focus is about these young people’s drive to win at this competition it showcases a lot more. Here you get to see the supportive families and dedicated young people with respect for themselves and others doing something they have passion and respect for to reach their ultimate goal. This is a great film for not only motivating young martial artists, but for anyone that just wants to see positive young people reaching, working and achieving their goals the way they should as opposed to the often opposite results today’s youth usual have.
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