Beforehand I admit I like those old martial art movies from the Shaw Brothers. Recently looking "Five Element Ninjas" after a long time I noticed that the sound effects are very distinct from the now dominant movies. It is in fact so distinct that I am confident to identify a SB fight at once.

Omnipresent is the typical sharp "fuuddd" when striking and a very high-pitched dang for weapon hits.

Has anyone information about the foley artists of Shaw Brothers and how they produced the typical martial art sounds, especially the "fuuddd" sound ?

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Using a variety of objects including boxing gloves, leather gloves, a heavy sheet, and what appears to be wood

In the documentary Fists of fire, which explores the Shaw Brothers studio, we see how they use the different materials to generate the effects for a fight scene.

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