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Wire Fu

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A Live-Action Special Attack assisted by the fact that the actor is tethered to the ceiling.
A (comparatively) easy way to make a fight scene more impressive is to use fine wires to support the actor during acrobatics that would not be possible for a normal human: long lateral jumps, jumping "off the air", being thrown back by an explosion, or even hanging suspended. Wires can also be used to slow down an actor's movement without the undesirable side effects of Overcranking.
Wire Fu is an important device of the entire Toku genre and of cinematic genres such as Wuxia.
Also called "Wirework" (though that term is more general; "Wire Fu" usually refers only to the use of wirework for fight scenes).
Expensive and time-consuming, it is often now replaced by computer-generated effects.

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The teaser trailer for The Other Guys spoofs this by having the two main heroes striking a flying kick pose and firing guns before hitting each other in midair and swinging from their wires.
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KA originally had a wire fu battle serving as its climax, but a performer fell to her death during a performance on June 29, 2013. Further performances were put on hold as a result, and Cirque has confirmed that when it reopens it will no longer have the sequence in question.
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Averted in the "corridor fight" scene in Inception. When the one mook falls down a side corridor when gravity shifts to the side, the stuntman's fall was slowed by regular wirework, as were the parts when gravity completely stops. However, for the fight between Arthur and a mook when gravity is spinning out of control, the director went for an even more expensive and time consuming solution, building an entire set inside a huge metal cylinder that could actually be rotated. But it was completely worth the effort, as the result looks infinitely better than any Wire Fu. Because it IS real.
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Xena: Warrior Princess makes copious use of Wire Fu in almost every episode.
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Batman Live is full of Wire Fu, all of which is used beautifully.
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The Matrix is this trope's CMOA in the west.
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Heroic Trio seems to have been filmed with multiple wire-rigs working at once since practically every character knows wire-fu... and it is glorious.
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The Munchkin card game set "Munchkin Fu" has a style card literally called Wire Fu. It gives a +6.
But prevents you from wearing armor.
There is also a monster -5 debuff "with visible wires"
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Doctor Who:
In the Classic episode "The Web Planet", the Menoptera fight the Zarbi in this way. Justified because they are insects and can fly. The effect is actually good, and not just by the standards of the time.
The fish people in "The Underwater Menace" do this to simulate being underwater.
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Many Toku fans consider this trope to be one of Koichi Sakamoto's Director Trademarksnote The other being ludicrous background explosions which Power Rangers fans have dubbed "Kalisplosions". It's especially apparent in Kamen Rider Fourze (Sakamoto is the show's overall director), which is handwaved thanks to Fourze having a jetpack and Meteor being a Bruce Lee Clone. Likewise, Kamen Rider Double gained a fair bit of wirework in The Gaia Memories of Fate, which of course was directed by Sakamoto.
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Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome played this straight by having the combatants in Thunderdome attached to elastic ropes. At one point Max gains a temporary advantage by cutting his opponent's ropes with his Blade on a Stick.
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Fight scenes in Angel made use of this in contrast to Buffy, where people only went flying into the air when kicked up there. One commenter on the show speculated that it was specifically moving to Los Angeles that granted vampires the ability to jump really high.
Buffy did make at least one use of wire fu that was gratuitously conspicuous.
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The female lead in the Korean drama Secret Garden is a stuntwoman whose specialties include Wire Fu. The workings of how it's done are demonstrated, and there are some spectacular finished scenes as well from the projects she's performing in.
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GARO has a lot of wirework, surprisingly well done considering the heavy suits worn by the stuntmen and actors, and the fact that it's a TV show. Combined with chroma key and CG, some spectacular fights are produced. The Skyscraper fight in Makai Senki has to be seen to be believed.
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Power Rangers, in every episode. Surprisingly, Super Sentai (and big brother franchise Kamen Rider) use very little Wire Fu in comparison.
Used quite ludicrously on one episode: the Yellow Ranger is surrounded by Putties, leaps into the air, hovers for a few seconds (surely there was some Chroma Key involved here), falls back down to Earth, and then beats them up. The jump accomplished nothing, but the Red Ranger then compliments her on her "good move".
On another occasion (possibly from the very same episode), an out-of-costume Blue Ranger leaps into the air and lands with his legs around a Putty's head, killing it. That's right, he killed a guy with his crotch.
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