If you want to see Hapkido at its best form, in a modern movie that’s not too corny and even has a brilliant storyline with serious actors in it – go and view Watchmen.
You are going to see a few serious (realistic) Hapkido action in some scenes and then you have some super-slow-motion moves that scratch the surface of impossibility in other cases.
Overall, however, the movie has a nice plot, extremely good effects, nice actors and as I pointed out – excellent fighting scenes. Violent and brutal but hey Hapkido at its core isn’t really nice isn’t it? Breaking bones and dislocating joints is a specialty of this art and you are going to see just about that in a street brawl.
Okay I hear you people who are arguing to say that’s not “just” Hapkido.
Maybe, but to be frank, almost all modern martial arts featuring joint locks “stole” the basic locks from Aikido, JiuJitsu and/or Judo long ago. And arm-bars are/were pretty common in Kung-Fu.
Anyway, Hapkido evolved, and still is, pretty quickly and added some nasty stuff to its style. And offers, therefore, a wide variety of handy moves you haven’t seen in older fight movies.
All in all, please watch Watchmen – it is a interesting but violent movie.
There has been bad word of mouth for it, well I guess mostly because you are going to see a dude walking around naked all the time and the probably longest erotic scene you’ve seen in a long time in a movie like that. So, I guess the first fact (nude dude) puts a lot of people off (specially men) but apart from that the movie is good.
Not suited for kids and women with weak senses, though.