"Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything."One way to show skill is with chopsticks. A common ability of the Old Master.
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Anime And Manga
- In GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class, the girls are sketching a tissue box, when a fly is going to the tissue and is feared to change the shape of it so the girls have to start over. Noda then find a set of chopsticks and suggest that Tomokane use them against the fly. She actually manages to catch it.
- Later when they are eating they have a game where they have to do different things. Tomokane gets "don't use chopsticks". But since the Japanese word for chopsticks, "hashi", is also how you read the kanji for "the ends", she figure out that she can just use the middle parts of the chopsticks in stead of the ends. It however turn out to be to hard for her to eat rice that way. Kisaragi get her a spoon.
- Inverted For Laughs in Sgt. Frog: Garuru's only weakness is that he can't eat with chopsticks unless he resorts to spearing his food.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid (1984) has been attempting to catch flies with chopsticks for years and Daniel succeeds on the first try through luck.
- Subverted and Played for Laughs in the Jackie Chan remake of The Karate Kid (2010). He looks like he's about to perform that feat, but instead takes out a swatter and swats the fly. He then picks the fly up with his chopsticks, then continues eating with said chopsticks, to which Dre remarks, "That's nasty."
- Toned down in Kill Bill: one of Pai Mei's tests for his students is for them to be able to graciously eat rice with chopsticks after a full day of Training from Hell (I.E. trying to break a board only a finger length away by BASHING YOUR KNUCKLES AGAINST IT.).
- One documentary about unusual weapons had a section about shuriken and related weapons. One of the people shown was an Asian martial artist who could throw normal chopstick with enough force to make it stuck in a piece of wood like a dart.
- In The Japanese Tradition: Chopsticksnote , demonstrations of chopstick use range from inept to animated sculpture.
- In True Blood, Sookie stakes a vampire with chopsticks.
- The Garfield strip from January 5th, 1988:
Jon: Still haven't mastered those chopsticks, huh, Garfield?Garfield: Mastered? No ... *Holds up the entire contents of the takeout box between his chopsticks* Perfected? Yes ...
- Lo Wang from Shadow Warrior is fond of doing this if you leave him idle for too long.
- In an early cutscene in True Crime: Streets of L.A., Nick deals with a mafia henchman who is shaking down the owner of the restaurant he's currently eating at by flinging a chopstick at him, apparently with enough force to thoroughly lodge it in his ear. From across the room.