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die hard is a xmas movie | by maryann johanson

question of the day: Do fans of martial arts movies really want to see the performers get hurt?

The new martial-arts movie Chocolate is being promoted, in part, by gleeful announcements that “no wires” and “no stunt doubles” were used. (You can see that in the trailer.) And the end credits of the film run over a montage of some of the many injuries the fighters incurred in the course of making the movie.

This prompted a commenter on the IMDB to say:

Knowing the actors and performers were actually harmed makes the action WAY more enjoyable for me.

Now, I know that the percentage of idiots among IMDB commenters is way higher than in the general public. But still, this comment gave me pause. Do fans of martial arts movies really want to see the performers get hurt?

If so, how is this any different from watching a snuff film, except by a matter of degree?

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me.)



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