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    Looking for "Gun Fu" Inspiration Sources

    Hello all,

    I am working on a campaign idea and I'd like to draw upon the various interests of the people here to add to my own research into the "Gun Fu" style of movies (and other media sources, where applicable).

    I already have a list that I got from wikipedia and doing some research on imdb.com. I'd like to see what other people might come up with. My list only includes films, so other media, like TV, books, comics, manga, video games, would be helpful.

    My goal here is to provide my players, most of whom are not all that familiar with the genre, something for character inspiration.

    Here is my list so far:
    The “A Better Tomorrow” series –
    A Better Tomorrow (1986) - IMDb
    A Better Tomorrow II (1987) - IMDb
    A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon (1989) - IMDb
    City on Fire - City on Fire (1987) - IMDb
    The Killer - The Killer (1989) - IMDb
    Desperado - Desperado (1995) - IMDb
    Hard Boiled - Hard Boiled (1992) - IMDb
    The Replacement Killers - The Replacement Killers (1998) - IMDb
    Hard Target - Hard Target (1993) - IMDb
    “The Matrix” series -
    The Matrix (1999) - IMDb
    The Matrix Reloaded (2003) - IMDb
    The Matrix Revolutions (2003) - IMDb
    Bulletproof Monk - Bulletproof Monk (2003) - IMDb
    Equilibrium - Equilibrium (2002) - IMDb
    Ultraviolet - Ultraviolet (2006) - IMDb
    Kick-Ass - Kick-Ass (2010) - IMDb
    The “Supercop” Series –
    Supercop (1992) - IMDb
    Supercop 2 (1993) - IMDb
    The “Mission Impossible” series –
    Mission: Impossible (1996) - IMDb
    Mission: Impossible II (2000) - IMDb
    Mission: Impossible III (2006) - IMDb
    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) - IMDb
    Wanted - Wanted (2008) - IMDb

    General martial arts films set in the modern day would also be good, although I would be looking for fairly "high concept" action, such as Jackie Chan films. You will see that I have Supercop listed above for those reasons.

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    Try the God of Gamblers series of movies, starting in 1989.

    God of Gamblers (1989) - IMDb

    I don't know if it was the first movie with gun-fu, but some of the movies listed above lifted things directly from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dannyalcatraz View Post
    Try the God of Gamblers series of movies, starting in 1989.

    God of Gamblers (1989) - IMDb
    Cool, thanks. I saw that on wikipedia, but I hadn't heard of it.

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    Boondock Saints fails into this group.

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    I'm fond of Johnnie To's action movies

    Fulltime Killer and Exiled in particular.

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    Bayonetta, a video game. She even shoots with two guns on her feet and does acrobatics with them, along with the two in her hands. Oh yeah, one of the weapons you can get is literally "gun-chucks," too. They actually work best in tight quarters where you can ricohet the bullets around off walls for higher combo scores!

    EDIT: here, video of someone fighting mostly with sai fung (the gun-chucks). [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aErjrjL22rM[/ame]
    Last edited by StreamOfTheSky; Saturday, 14th July, 2012 at 05:18 PM.

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    Angelina Jolie has been in a few movies that might qualify as gun-fu or having gun-fu elements:

    Tomb Raider
    Wanted
    Mr. & Mrs Smith
    Salt
    (and the upcoming Salt II)

    Also, if you can find it, the official music video for Mayer Hawthorne's "The Walk" was strongly gun fu influenced.

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    If you read comics, check out 100 Bullets. It's 100 issues of ultra violence focusing on gunplay, and a great read to boot.

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    On the anime end, there are lots and LOTS of examples of gun-fu. The ones that I a personally familiar with are;

    Outlaw Star. The main character Gene Starwind gets into quite a few lose quarters fight with opponents while still armed with various pistols. Some of the defensive techniques he uses are pretty spiffy.

    Cowboy Bebop. Anytime Spike and Viscous fight there will be a demonstration of gun-fu from Spike, whose favored weapon is a pistol, against Viscous, whose favored weapon is a katana. The combats get pretty hairy and are just cool to watch.

    I know her are many many MANY more example of gun-fu in anime, but these are just the ones I remember personally seeing at the moment off the top of my head. A quick google search for anime gun-fu should give you lots more examples.

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