Films help to promote Wudang reputation

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Updated: 2011-10-25

Films help to promote Wudang reputation
Poster of The Karate Kid
People should never underestimate the influence of films, especially on the globalization of information.

At the recent 5th International Tai Chi Tournament, the number of the US players accounted for a large proportion of the total number of foreign participants. However, to some of them, their real purpose to participate in the event was to tour Wudang Mountain rather than attending martial arts contests or seeking guidance from master hands.

While sightseeing, the participants were amazingly familiar with Wudang Mountain. They could read the Chinese names of its scenic spots, and even knew some legends.

“We all watched The Karate Kid last year, a Jackie Chan action movie. We are addicted to it and want to personally experience the epic landscape of Wudang,” said some of the participants.

Some were even indignant with the movie’s name, saying it should highlight Wudang martial arts.

Since the movie premiered last January in the United States, The Karate Kid was preferred by most of the audiences. It generated $56 million in the box office after three days shown in the North America.

The film indirectly promoted the tourism of Wudang Mountain, and also nurtured a group of Wudang fans who have never set foot in China.

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