3 weeks ago, I shared a Kenyan martial arts series titled “Simiyu Samurai,” which tells the story of a Kenyan, named Simiyu, trained in the martial arts in Japan, who is forced to return to Kenya, after Japan suffers a terrible tsunami, when he comes in direct conflict with a group of thugs who control the local market., and where his martial arts skills are put to use.
Today, I’ve been alerted to a martial arts flick from Tanzania, which is apparently inspired by “The Karate Kid.” It comes from our friends at Afrikan Martial Arts.
Their explanation of it reads: “Throughout the continent of Afrika, the “Karate Kid” theme is popular. Here are highlights I put together from another kung-fu flick… this time from Tanzania! THIS one is the best I’ve seen thus far, as far as choreography, story and technique. One teacher (dressed in blue) speaks Swahili like he’s an old Chinese Tai Chi master, though. O_o”
It’s not as good as “Simiyu Samurai” (especially its most recent episode, which you can watch here; but I love the attempt. It’s not exactly often that I come across martial arts films (a genre I love) from Tanzania. Note that this isn’t the entire film; as Afrikan Martial Arts says in the above quote, they pieced together highlights from it, even if only as a tease: