Movies featuring our Arts


Here is a list of movies that have some swinging and twirling action in them that may help inspire you onto new things.

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Movie list (with poi or fire twirling)

Movie Year Starring Comment
Liam Sullivan music video "Shoes" 2007 Liam Sullivan,
features the FireGroove girls doing fire hula hoop (towards the end). . .

Justin Timberlake music video "What goes around" 2007 Justin Timberlake,
Scarlett Johansson
features fire fans, fan poi, fire hula hoop, fire staff . . .

Harry Potter & the Goblet of fire 2006 Daniel Radcliffe , Rupert Grint , Emma Watson , Robbie Coltrane , Ralph Fiennes , Michael Gambon has a fairly cool sequence around the beginning - the entrance of the school "Durmstrang". The guys have what appear to be weighted staff that spark on the ends when they hit the ground - cool effect... [about a minute long]
Mirrormask 2005 Stephanie Leonidas, Gina McKee, Rob Brydon, Jason Barry Alice in Wonderland type fantasy by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. One of the circus type people is shown using a firestaff briefly before Helena has her act. There is also contact and toss juggling and a bunch of other things of circusy goodness  - sparkey
Van Helsing 2004 Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale about 2/3's of the way through Dracular's having a bit of a party and amongst the performers you can see several (not-so-good) Poi spinners, one diabolist and a bit of fire breathing. Only about 15 seconds of footage all in all and not of any technical interest, but they're there and someone might be interested. And if you look closely you can see one Poi person getting tangled. - SpacemonE / Ewan
Man on Fire 2004 Denzel Washington Denzel is in a rave club, somewhere in mexico, looks like a great party! anyway there are quite a few quick shots of all the dancers and there is a few guys spinning fire poi looks great! the whole place ends up catching fire! noone is hurt they are all outside loving it!  - Allison Wright
Vanity Fair 2004 Reese Witherspoon, Jim Broadbent, Eileen Atkins, James Purefoy, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers Early in the movie, a lone firepoi spinner is featured in the india themed party. -sparkey
The Reckoning 2004 Willem Dafoe, Paul Bettany, and Brian Cox It does, featuring fire devilsticking, fire poi, and fire staff. Although you see devilsticking earlier, the fire performance is during the night village festival, around 55 minutes into the movie - fireNice
Runaway Jury 2003 John Cusack In one of the "secret meeting" scenes in the park, there is a woman doing a giant-butterfly with fire. The scene shows here twice, in the distance.- Scott Billups
City of Ghosts 2003 Matt Dillon, James
Caan, Natascha McElhone, Gerard Depardieu, and Stellan Skarsgard
Several people are seen spinning firepoi in the scene in the buddhist temple. As is generally the case, it is rather blurry and just provides background ambiance. -sparkey
The Tuxedo 2003 Jackie Chan It has a guy doing fire poi, indoors at a party. He just does the buzzsaw, and is only up there two shots, for about three seconds total, but it is a good close up shot (he is all painted up). The DVD version would be best to watch it on so you can slow motion it. - DJ Dantana
Rush Hour II 2003 Jackie Chan Near the end of the movie there is a scene where Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are coming up out of the sewer system, there is a shot of the "Red Dragon Casino" (I think it is called) and there are a few shots of a guy doing fire staff in the far background. He even throws it high into the air. IT is blury so you can't see the moves, jus tthe fire going around and around. - DJ Dantana
Lilo & Stitch 2002 Voices of;

Daveigh Chase (Lilo) and Chris Sanders (Stitch)

Animated, Children's story. David performs with fire.

"About the character David. Lilo has an older sister and he is her would-be suitor. David works at one of those Luau's that are just there for tourists. He fire spins with the Polynesian Fire Knives (a form of staff). For those of you who have seen Alegria of Cirque Du Soliel, David's routine in the movie was taken exactly from Karl Sanft's stage routine. It was well drawn though, and made me giggle. Then he attempt's fire breathing to a not so good..yet funny...end. There is a comment made about him burning himself "again", insinuating he isn't very good at what he does, and while funny I wasn't so thrilled with that.

The fire spinning comes up twice in the movie, once in the middle and once more at the end." - Pele

Queen of the Damned 2002 Stuart Townsend, Aaliyah They spin fire poi in "Queen of the damned" at the big concert scene  - Corvus Woolf
Scooby-Doo 2002 Freddie Prinze Jr., Matthew Lillard, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini, Rowan Atkinson "In Scooby-Doo the Movie there is a fire breathing ghost and Fred does a pretty decent rope dart type thing." - Pele
Behind the Sun 2001 Rodrigo Santoro, Jose Dumont set in brazil, this movie has a beautiful sequence of a woman spinning clubs, huge poi, and breathing fire - Rene Alvarez
Shanghai Noon 2000 Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu I saw it a long time ago but Mr. Chan demonstrates some excellent Rope Dart principle with a length of rope and a pan to defeat the bumbling gun-slingers. I watched it time and again in slomo on DVD and it's technically excellent in that they don't fake it or crop anything out, and it shows a lovely method (sort-of thumb lock?) for gathering a very long rope around you before step-kicking(?) the dart(pan) at your opponent - SpacemonE / Ewan
Charlies Angles 2000 Luci Lui,Cameron Diaz , Drew Barrymore There is a party scene near the begining of the movie, and there is a guy there spinning fire staff and spitting fire. He is in several shots. Also, near the end, Luci Lui does some nice work with a chain.   - Daniel Tyler.
The Claim 2000 Milla Jovovich Inexplicably in a Western film: In the wedding celebration scene (in the middle of the movie), there is a fire spinner doing the 3-beat weave. The shot is a little too close to see him well, but it is there.- Scott Billups
Mission Impossible II 2000 Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins At the very end of the movie there is a girl spinning a fire staff for about 3 seconds, it is a nice closeup on the left side of the screen, but you must have the  widescreen, because the "TV Formated" version only lets you see about half of her. Her moves are pretty hot too - Daniel Tyler
Beach, The 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio if you look really carefully there is a little fire poi in the movie The Beach
Charlies Angels 2000 Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrynore, Lucy Liu got some wicked fighting moves in it with metal chains that could be used for poi
Crouching tiger, hidden dragon 2000 Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen 2 seconds of chinese meteors at the beginning of this movie. Later there are lots of knife swinging and staff twirling. Excellent movie.
Fong Sai-Yuk aka "The Legend" or "The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk" 1993 Jet Li Martial Arts, Comedy. Includes staff fights and
rope dart. The rope dart actually ends up catching on fire, making it a rope
torch.  Information kindly supplied by Dr Gizmo
Iron Monkey 1994 Yu Rong Guang Historical, Martial Arts. It has a number of staff forms, as well as some use of an iron chain.
Iron and Silk 1991 Mark Salzman Chinese steel whip and double sword forms that translate easily to poi, staff forms as well.
Miss Congeniality 2000 Sandra Bullock One of the Miss America contestants does some double fire stick twirling. Shows off some nice auto ignition sticks which light up at the press of a button. Where do I buy them?
The lovers on the bridge (Les Amants de Pont-Neuf) 1999 Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Klaus-Michael Gruber Has some excellent fire breathing
in it, loads of acrobatic stuff, handstands, cartwheels, etc all doing
breathing. Inspirational and shows how you can move while doing fire.
One, The 2001 Jet Li A Sci-fi action movie where Jet Li takes on another version of himself.   Keep an eye out for it.
Romeo Must Die 2000 Jet Li segments where they use rope dart techniques.
there's a scene near the end where he fights using a chopped-off fire hose.
Saltimbanco ? Cirque du Soleil This has an interesting twirling and tap-dancing routine. No fire (though the dancers are wearing flamey skinsuits). What's especially interesting is that the long poi are used percussively against the floor, in time with the tap dancing (like a hybrid poi/cane routine). Not very complex or difficult moves, but very precise rhythms and a different approach.
Shanghai Noon 2000 Jackie Chan segments where they use rope dart techniques.
one scene near the middle, also mimicking rope dart moves, this time with a horseshoe and a rope - leg wraps, foot wraps (check these out!), lots of body-rope interaction.
Shaolin Temple, The 1979 Jet Li Martial Arts. It has a rope dart master in it
Grease 1978 John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John fiery double staff spinning in it during the pep rally scene. - TinklePants
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 1999 Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman the fight scene against Darth Maul near the end, great for staff fighting/ sword fighting choreography - flips, twirling moves, general fighting moves.
Star Wars: Episode II 2002 Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayden Christensen Release date: May 22, 2002. Hopefully alot more cool weapon and staff moves. Apparently we will see Yoda fighting with double light sticks 30" long. He will be portrayed as the best Jedi fighter.
Twin Warriors ??? Jet Li has some pretty amazing staff work in it