Martial arts documentary to premiere in Birmingham

City film-maker shows the struggle for martial arts success.

A multi-award-winning documentary about an extraordinary martial arts challenge by a woman from Birmingham is to be given its UK theatrical release in the city.

Lady Samurai: The Final Cut will be shown at the Midlands Arts Centre in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham on Thursday, 18th April at 7.00 pm, and tickets are still available.

The hour-long film documents the attempt by internationally acclaimed martial artist, musician and filmmaker Fay Goodman to achieve a long-held ambition of becoming the first Western female outside Japan to achieve the highest honour in her art.

Fay shares her experience on screen of training in the intricate art of Iaido – the way of the Samurai sword – and of her physical and spiritual journey. Her penultimate challenge is to face a panel of distinguished all-male judges at the Budokan martial arts venue in Tokyo.

Through narrative and observation, Fay acknowledges the support of her Japanese teachers, delves into the study of the sword, and explores Japanese culture and lifestyle at first hand. She also elevates the stunning scenery and dramatic action by weaving in her own soundtrack.

Produced and directed by Fay, who runs her own film company Goodmedia Ltd, the documentary has won more than thirty international awards including the category of Inspiring Woman in a Film at the prestigious Hong Kong International Film Festival and the award for Best Original Song at the Bluez Dolphins International Film Festival.

Fay Goodman said: “Lady Samurai is the true story of my determination to succeed in the martial art I love, Iaido: the way of the Samurai sword.

“I consider martial arts a conduit for profound life lessons and a means to cultivate the inner self. My commitment to sharing knowledge extends beyond the dojo as an accomplished author and musician. I use every platform available to spread my insights.

“Through my books, music compositions, performances and teachings, I advocate for a world where compassion, peace, inspiration, respect, and kindness prevail, reflecting my belief in the transformative power of martial arts to foster a better, more empathetic society.”

Tickets for the two-hour event, which includes a welcome reception, film screening, and post-screening question and answer session, are available priced at £8.50 here.