Some movies like Jet Li’s Once upon a time in China are seen to revolve more around the “wu” and the “xia”. Age old traditions and the nationalistic spirt are presented more in the movie. On the other hand, movies, such as the One by Jet Li, represent “wu” more than “qing”. The balance in what is represented more and less is because of the plot. However, none of the movies presented deny one of these aspects completely. All movies have given importance to some elements of “wu”, “xia” and ‘qing” albeit at different levels of balancing. Aesthetics as considered in the context of the “wu”, “the xia” and the “qing” is hence more tied up to its balanced nature, or to the right mix being used based on the plot.
When it comes to movies presentations, the directors of legendary martial arts film mode attempt to present both subject and style. Unique plots were selected for portrayal that makes people take notice of the martial art as well as the plot. For instance, later movies of Jackie Chan in The Drunken Master portraying a drunken style Kung Fu and Jet Li in Once upon a time in China gained popularity because of their unique plot, not just the martial arts. The film makers in The Drunken Master try to show a unique plot and a rather very old style of martial arts. In the case of Once upon a time in China for the first time, a movie was made in Hong Kong that mixed martial art and nationalistic fervour. Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li were some of the more upcoming artists in the 1973, and in current times, martial artist movies are presented with a twist of humour such as Steven Chow movies, which suit the modern audience better.
The New Dragon Gate Inn is a good example of balance in subject and delivery. It is of the wuxia style. The plot involves the rescue and protection of the children of a general. Here, the plot itself has been drawn around the new political movements in the country which makes it much interesting. However, it is the wuxia, where warriors from China are shown as performing super human feats that set this movie apparat. Here again, the emphasis is on martial arts but on a mix of martial arts and super human feats. Plot plays a key role in emphasizing on aesthetics. As Ayn Rand states, the plot has moved as a series of logically connected events. The events take one to a climax.