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Kim Kahana “The Man Who Changed Hollywood” is a docudrama the follows the life of one of, if not the most important and influential
stuntmen in the history of film and television. Beginning with vintage photos and original vignettes you’ll be taken on a journey around his early life growing up as a young boy in Hawaii, traveling on his own across America to New York to find an uncle to seek a better and more exciting life. He spent his teenage years in and out of detention centers and traveling back and forth to his homeland trying hard to find a life for himself. He was trained in the skills of martial arts and the dangerous art of flaming swords. Soon he found himself fighting in the Korean War, as a paratrooper behind enemy lines where he earned two purple hearts and a silver medal.

After the war he found his way back to the west coast of the United States and became interested in the early Hollywood action
films. His rough rider friends convinced him that the world of stunts and martial arts was a much better way to make money and begin an honest career. And that he did and began as a stuntman and motorcycle hooligan on the film The Wild One with Marlon Brando and Lee Marvin.  He  quickly became one of the biggest names in the Hollywood stunt community having been trained by the best stunt coordinators in the business such as Yakima Canutt and Johnny Eppers. He spent close to twenty years as Charles Bronson’s stand in, fighting, falling off horses and excelling as a firearms expert and specialist. The highlight of Kim Kahana’s career was starting one of the first official schools for stuntmen and women with much chagrin from the Screen Actors Guild and The Stuntman’s Association of Hollywood. They fought him tooth and nail, upset that he was giving away their secrets not wanting Stunt people to have benefits and contracts. But against all odds he fought back and soon was the master of one of the most important schools for teaching stunts and martial arts in both film and television.

Still alive today at 94, he continues to train and teach important life lessons and fighting skills to anyone he thinks has the gumption to
learn and train. His legendary status is now recognized as the man who saved thousands of lives and opened the door for future stunt men and women in film and television.

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