Art often imitates life, so not surprisingly the growing popularity of mixed martial arts around the globe has given rise to a new wave of fight films.
A group of young Canadian film makers and producers hopes to tap into the sport’s recent mainstream success with an aptly named new movie, Tapped, described as a modern-day re-telling of the 1980s classic The Karate Kid.
“It’s kind of like The Karate Kid has taken his gi (a karate training uniform) off and stepped into the cage,” Cody Hackman, executive producer and star of Tapped, told The Toronto Sun.
The London, Ont., native conceived the story and plays the lead in the movie, which finished filming in November.
“This is a movie with a great story, not such a bunch of fighters thrown into a movie,” Hackman said.
Having accomplished his goals in martial arts, the five-time world karate champion “dropped everything” five years ago and moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.