Discipline. Honor. Integrity.
These are the principles that are always highlighted in classic Chinese kung fu movies. Yes, these movies are not Oscar worthy. They have cheesy plots, terrible camera angles, and cliche lines, and yet, we love them. Why? Because they show us the discipline, honor, and integrity we all long to have.
I recently watched the 1976 movie, Master of the Flying Guillotine and the 1978 movie, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. Once I got past the choppy editing and the horrible acting, both movies had great messages to share.
In Master of the Flying Guillotine, the main character stopped at nothing to defeat his foe. Despite being handicapped with only one arm, he never gave up. He was patient, determined, and fierce. I think that is all something we can apply to our own lives. Overcoming obstacles to fight for what we really want takes discipline, honor, and integrity.
On the other hand, main character in The 36th Chamber of Shaolin worked day and night to prove himself worthy of kung fu training. He was humiliated multiple times in the process. Through the blood, sweat, and tears, he persevered. He did not let the hard times cloud his vision of what he could become.
Classic Chinese kung fu movies take the qualities of discipline, honor, and integrity to the extreme. Although I don’t think everybody should be kung fu fighting, we can at least listen to the messages these movies have to share with us.