There are a lot of people in the world that claim to be masters or have trained under legendary masters, but few exist that can rival the true mastery of Master Fumio Demura. Now this iconic figure in the world of martial arts is getting more of the recognition he deserves with the all-new documentary The Real Miyagi.
The film captures the life of Master Fumio Demura, the man that’s influenced a bevy of Hollywood’s elite over the last 50 years. Those talents include Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, Steven Seagal and many more. It was the stunt double role that he landed in The Karate Kid, and the friendship he formed with actor, Pat Morita, that would forever change his life. Whether you are a martial artist or even a fan of the martial arts you would be hard pressed to find someone that does not love the original Karate Kid film. For anyone in the know, Pat Morita was not a martial artist, but his portrayal of the Miyagi character not only got him a best supporting actor nod, but cemented the character as one the most iconic in film history. This would not have been possible had it not been for Master Demura. This film not only takes you on a behind the scenes journey to that iconic film, but that through this man’s life. As big as that film is, that is just a drop in the bucket to what this incredible man has accomplished. This film showcases tons of interviews from countless martial artists including Steven Seagal, Dolph Lundgren, Pat Johnson, Billy Blanks, TJ Storm, Michael Jai White, tons of his students and family expressing their clear love, respect and influences he has had on them. In addition there is the man himself who appears throughout the film in not only interviews both old and new, but tons of archive footage showing him in action both in martial arts and interacting with those around him. These days everyone looks at MMA, tricking or the flashy martial arts show, but in this documentary you get a chance to witness true martial arts executed with not only precision and perfection, but with the flair only Master Demura possesses.
There is no amount of words or reviews that can do Master Demura’s legacy justice, but this film does a brilliant job to bring the respect and honor that he deserves to life. If you are a martial arts practitioner and do not know who Master Fumio Demura is then you re insulting the legacy of martial arts. Thankfully this brilliant film on his life and career can help to fix that problem and give you the knowledge that you need to be a better person. His impact will forever resonate throughout the martial arts and those that train in every style in a way that no other will ever be able to duplicate.