Searching for Kung Fu

Chinese kung fu, a treasured item on UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List, appeals to people all over the world. For many foreigners it’s a shortcut to get familiar with Chinese culture. It is widely considered the hallmark of Chinese culture.

But what is kung fu? Where does kung fu come from? What is the essence of kung fu? The video series “Searching for Kung Fu – Thirty-Six Strategies” will tell you all about it!

The Thirty-Six Strategies is originally a collection of ancient Chinese strategies applied to military engagement. But today, many people use this ancient wisdom in business, sports and their daily lives, often through unconventional means.

Weaving together the thirty-six strategies and Chinese kung fu techniques, the short-video series gives viewers a glimpse into the hidden secrets of the traditional martial art. It also reveals how ancient wisdom can be used to handle strategic challenges people face today, with interesting examples in Chinese history and folklore as well as refreshing case studies from contemporary life.

Searching for Kung Fu, a documentary film and short-video series produced by the China Daily Website and directed by Laurence Brahm, an American film director, writer and explorer, is the latest attempt to figure out the right answers. Shot in English, the video series consists of 36 one-minute episodes and carries both Chinese and English subtitles.