Meanwhile there are decades and decades of martial arts action films where the fight choreography is one of the main appeals of the film.
My knowledge of such films is not even close to comprehensive, but I’ve yet to see anything that approaches the courtyard fight in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
By the time that Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi throw down, their characters have been really well developed so you really feel the stakes and the psychological motivations at play. You’re totally invested in this fight because both characters seem like they could emerge victorious.
Then the choreography is f*cking brilliantly executed with multiple moves per shot and framed so that you can SEE how HARD they worked on this sequence. It must have taken months and months of rehearsal.
Furthermore, it’s edited so well that you would have to freeze frame to distinguish the actor from their stunt double.
On top of all that, it won an Oscar.
So it just blows me away that anyone making a martial arts film wouldn’t be aware of the necessity of choreographing and shooting fights scenes in this manner.
Any other choice is ignorant or lazy or both. All are inexcusable.