Within martial arts movies there are several sub-genres. There is the gritty realistic portrayal one sees in Kurosawa films, where a single sword stroke drawn at lightning speed ends the battle. There are the cinematic films that comprise as much as 90% of all martial arts media produced around the world where a skilled martial artist can face down a dozen armed men and come away from the battle barely injured. Finally there is the fantastic portrayal found
primarily in comics and video games where the martial artist is essentially a low-powered superhero.
For each of these sub-genres a discussion of running a campaign suitable to the tone and character of the sub-genre is presented as well as a series of optional rules to help simulate the stories found within the sub-genre. Finally, several campaign models are presented below.
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