The Top 250 Greatest Martial Arts Movies of All-Time
In a genre that can be as horrendous as it is pure genius no one can deny that Martial Arts Action Cinema has influenced some of the finest directors of the past 30 years. This is the definitive list of the Top 250 Greatest Martial Arts Movies from The East, to West, And Back Again....
Movies that fall under my "Martial Arts" category and will be considered and included here are as follows: Hand to Hand Combat, (Kung Fu, Hapkido, Filipino Kali, Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, Karate, Pankration, MMA, Etc...) Samurai, Ninjas, and Anything to do with Weapon Use & Swordplay.
As for Fist of Fury taking the top spot, i can tell you right now, it was a bitch ranking these films, especially the Top 10, they are ALL Masterpieces, and are interchangeable really, it just so happens im in a "Fist of Fury mood" at the moment and any of Bruce's films can and should be at the top anyway, doesn't matter which one, they are ALL land marks in cinema history as far as im concerned. This film may not be as polished as many other films on this list, it had a lower budget too, and sure, it feels a bit dated by today's standards. But there is no arguing at Bruce Lee being a timeless icon. His charisma, influence and overall skill is still unmatched today. Bottom line is, there would be no Jackie Chans, Van Dammes, And/or Jet Lis without this man and his contribution to the Martial Arts World & Cinema.
-A Young Jackie Chan appears as an Extra.
-Jet Li Remade the film as "Fist of Legend." He then went on to film a "Prequel" in the form of "Fearless."
-Donnie Yen Also Remade it for TV as "Fist Of Fury: Sworn Revenge." He went on to film a Sequel entitled "Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zen." ” - Eric-Scissorhands
This film is ranked at the # 2 spot after viewing the DIRECTORS CUT. The theatrical version was fine for casual movie goers and if i rank that version of the film on here it'd be at # 5, but if you fancy yourself a "martial arts movie fan" or a fan of GOOD CINEMA in general, pick up the DIRECTORS CUT, the one that opens and ends with a special cameo by Michelle Yeoh, features a deleted fight scene with a Muay Thai Boxer, and additional footage to help flesh out the story more and develop the characters. The Directors Cut in my honest opinion is Jet Li's Masterpiece. In it he expresses in-detail what he believes is the true meaning of "Wushu." It is a story about the journey on takes, Full of Tragedy, Self Growth, Perseverance, and Self Discovery. The Directors Cut is the only way to see this film, the story is alot more complete, the fights uncensored, uncut, and overall the film is that much more Beautiful in comparison to the butchered, dubbed, and dumbed down version released in theaters. I highly recommend you see the film the way Jet Li and the rest of the cast and crew originally intended it to be.
-Huo Yuan Jia, the founder of the Jin Wu School, was the deceased master that Chen Zhen, also played by Jet Li in Fist of Legend aswell as Bruce Lee in Fist of Fury, seeks to avenge.
-With Fearless, Jet Li has now been filmed as all of the "big three" amongst the historical martial artists in Qing Dynasty (1645-1911) China, whose exploits has been novelized and dramatized many times. They are 1) Fang Shiyu (c.1700s) in the Fong Sai Yuk series, 2) Huo Yuanjia (1868-1910) in Fearless, and 3) Huang Feihong (1847-1924) in the Wong Fei Hung series. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
So you think the Hulk is fierce when hes angry? Wait till you see Ip Man's reaction after witnessing a Japanese school of martial artists kill off one of his friends. His fists become the equivalent of an rapid fire machine gun.
Donnie Yen FINALLY cements his place as one of the "greats" of the martial arts cinema world alongside Bruce, Jackie, Jet & Sammo among others. This is Easily Donnie Yen's BEST. The One he'll be remembered for...
An interesting bit of Trivia is that, although Donnie has been around since the 80's, 90s, and 00's, occasionally taking part in gems such as Hero & Iron monkey, it wasnt until this film did he achieve massive mainstream acceptance. In other words while his peers Jackie, Jet, & Sammo all peaked during their 20's, it wasnt until Donnie reached his late 30's did he reach his "peak" career wise with Ip Man. Some one even argue he only got better with age, which is a rare case in cinema period. This was the role he was born to play, and is currently continuing his winning streak by releasing some of the best martial arts movies today. After 3 decades in the business, and with Jackie & Jet releasing fewer and fewer action movies, he has finally earned the title as the top martial arts star in the world. A title first given to Bruce Lee, then to Jackie & Jet, And now on to Donnie. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Rarely does a sequel ever surpass its predecessor. This is one of those rare cases. It's got everything the original had, and more. Anita Mui stands out for her hilarious performance as Wong Fei Hung's Mother, and the fight and action scenes are phenomenal, some of the BEST in the genre for sure. Ive seen this film dozens of times and i just never get tired of it. Its just that good. Keep in mind there are no Stuntmen, Wires, or CGI, everything Jackie does here and in most of his films are REAL. That's what makes him the BEST.
Jackie Chan was named the successor to Bruce, and its not because he copied his style, make no mistake, before the 1st Drunken Master he had his share of failed Bruce Lee Clone Projects, and it wasnt until he smartened up and did things HIS way did his career truly take off, everyone knows, there will never be another Bruce Lee, and as Jackie said himself, "I dont want to be the next Bruce Lee, i want to be the first Jackie Chan." ” - Eric-Scissorhands
NO list is complete without this, this film is truly a landmark in Cinema, and at one point i personally considered the greatest kung fu movie ever.
In 2004, Enter the Dragon was deemed "culturally significant" and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Its also worth noting all Three of the famous "Dragon Brothers" make appearances, Jackie Chan as Han's henchman in the cave, Biao Yuen as a Tournament Fighter, & Sammo Hung as the Shaolin fighter Bruce sparred with at the very beginning of the movie.
Their appearances are highlighted in this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z6z1b-q9u8
In their one scene together, Lee actually struck Jackie Chan in the face with one of the fighting sticks he used. He immediately apologized and insisted that Chan would work on all of his movies after that, but he died before he could keep the promise. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Anyways, this is a sequel that joins the elite ranks of one of greatest action movies ever made IMO. Its even better than the original as hard as that is to believe. It takes all the bone smashing, jaw dropping fight scenes from its predecessor and builds on that.
Beautifully shot, acted, and scored there really isnt much to say other than holy *beep* that was a *beep* awesome thrill ride of a movie.
JUST SEE IT, TRUST. IF YOURE A MARTIAL ARTS FAN OR ACTION MOVIE JUNKIE THIS IS AN ACTION MOVIE THAT WILL PUT YOUR FAVORITES TO SHAME. IT PULLS NO PUNCHES AND GOES STRAIGHT TO THE JUGULAR. ALL CAPS BECAUSE EXICITE.
Highly recommended. ;) ” - Eric-Scissorhands
-Bruce Lee Tribute: When the Landlady is seated between the Boss and his assistant, she faces the boss, and mimics the gestures Bruce Lee used while also facing a crime boss in Way of the Dragon. She wags her finger at him, then closes both fists, then just the right (while knuckles cracking can be heard), she jerks her head up, and the boss nods he understands, then she thumbs her nose, exactly like Bruce Lee in The Way of the Dragon. Chow tends to reference Bruce in ALL of his films.
-As of 2005, this film had the widest cinematic release in the USA of a foreign language film. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
He learned from the best, and has now created one of the Best Martial Arts/Action movies of the decade.... Jaa is fantastic in this film. When i first saw it i truly didnt expect it to be as good as it was, the next Bruce Lee & Jackie Chan? NO! the one and only Tony Jaa! ” - Eric-Scissorhands
How many martial arts films can you say have won multiple Oscars & Academy awards? Not very much...This however did just that. This is Ang Lee's Masterpiece. A modern-day 'wuxia' classic. Probably the most well known Wuxia Film ever. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
This (along with Snake in Eagle's Shadow) are the two turning points in Jackie's Rich & Long History in 'the business.' He started off as a Stuntman and an extra appearing in blink and miss scenes in films that starred Bruce Lee & Sammo Hung. After Bruce's death he was just another face in the countless ocean of Bruce Lee clones, imitators who had no real future.
It wasnt until Jackie got a hold of his career and was given artistic freedom did he break free from all the other clones to set his own path to glory by his own style and terms.
This is a true classic and anyone and everyone whos even a little bit interested in the genre should grab a copy. Its got lots of the signature Jackie Humor, acrobatics, and choreography we all have come to love and expect from any and all of Jackie's Action pictures. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
THE. MALL. SCENE.
It has got to be one of the most incredible fight/action scenes of ALL TIME. Not to mention Jackie literally destroys an entire small village in the first major action scene alone. A Must See indeed. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Forget the abomination the studio glued together called the "Game of Death" and see this version instead, its the way Bruce intended G.O.D. to be... or the closest we will ever get to it really. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
What makes it stad out from Jackie's other films is atleast for me, his costar, Michelle Yeoh, who is the first and only one of his leading ladies to perform all her own stunts. That and their great chemistry together! its a shame they havent worked on more films outside of this and the spinoff. I loved watching them work off each other. Great stuff. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
-Jackie Chan was offered the role of the King but turned it down.
-Jet Li reportedly insisted that the role of Sky, which had been tentatively filled by a different actor, be given to Donnie Yen. Li and Yen had not worked together on a movie since Wong Fei Hung II: Nam yi dong ji keung (1992).
-Is the first foreign language film to open at #1 at the US box office. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Jeeja Yanin, has been described as "the Female Tony Jaa" and i can honestly say its fitting. Like Jaa, she does ALL of her own stunts and fighting, Like Jaa, her films uses little to NO cgi effects and wires, and like Jaa, Jeeja's debut film, 'Chocolate' is mindblowingly good, especially for long time fans of hardcore wireless Martial Arts action. Not to mention theyre both from Thailand and work with the same directors. Thailand is quickly becoming the "new Hong Kong" in terms of the quality of above average martial arts spectaculars coming out in recent years, its very reminiscent to Jackie Chan & Michelle Yeoh back in their prime. And like Jackie & Michelle who joined forces in "Supercop," Tony & Jeeja WILL BE teaming up for the sequel to Tony Jaa's The Protector, The Protector 2... Lets just hope their chemistry is as good as Jackie & Michelle's in that film, because we all know they both have the skills and ability to blow us away with their crazy stunts, action, and fight choreography.
Bottom line, If you love martial arts films, Do NOT miss this, i can honestly say as a long time fan of the genre this is going to be a classic, and i look forward to seeing more of this upcoming star in the near future.
PS the final 30 minutes of the film is non stop action, one of the greatest climaxes of the decade IMO. Like stated earlier, very reminiscent to early Jackie Chan... Stunt wise.
The film originally included Zen watching scenes from Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan movies (in addition to Tony Jaa), but these scenes were eventually cut due to licensing problems. These licensing problems also caused other scenes to be removed from the original movie. The ice factory scene was originally shot as a split screen of Zen imitating the exact same moves she had seen Bruce Lee do in a fight scene from the movie Tang shan da xiong (1971). It showed a clip of Bruce Lee doing his fight moves at the same time as Zen was mimicking Bruce Lee's moves. The warehouse scene was shot in a similar fashion, but this time it showed a split screen of Zen imitating Jackie Chan, wherein she would do her interpretation of a Jackie Chan fight routine. Eventually not only were the split screen scenes removed, but any scenes that involved Zen performing moves that too closely resembled fight sequences from Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan movies were all cut as well. The original full version that included these scenes has not been released anywhere in Thailand. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
And yes, im aware most "Martial Arts Movie Purists" would give the nod to The 36th Chamber as Gordon Liu's finest work, and while i LOVE that film to death, i personally prefer this one. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
The final 20 minutes are Bone Crushingly spectacular. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Watching this film made me realize something, that the "dragon brothers" are so much like the Three Stooges in terms of physical comedy. They are their equal in hilariousness. They make me laugh like no other when the three of them are all together. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
The Once Upon A Time in China Series is seriously EPIC. An All time Great.
According to the commentary on the Region 1 DVD, this movie started out as a proposed new film to star Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Yuen Biao. Jackie would have played Wong, (which he'd previously played in Drunken Master), Sammo would have played Butcher Wing (as he did in Lin Shi Rong), and Yuen would be Lueng Foon (who played the role in Lin Shi Rong). This idea fell through and only Yuen Biao made it into the finished film. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
-The literal English translation of the Chinese title is "Ambushed From Ten Directions".
-Yimou Zhang conceived the story in the late 1990s as a companion to Ying xiong (2002) (aka Hero). ” - Eric-Scissorhands
This is a tale of Friendship and Betrayal. One of the best ever.
One thing you'll notice while watching this flick is the Matrix borrowed heavily from this, sure Woo Ping choreographed both films, but its pretty obvious how the fight scenes in both film are pretty similar... except that the ones featured here are superior in every way. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Plus Donnie Yen Vs Sammo Hung go for Round II! (they went head on in a little flick prior to this called Kill Zone.) ” - Eric-Scissorhands
I dont give a damn what its listed as, this films title is THE BIG BOSS. Calling it FistS of Fury, never made sense to me, all it did was cause confusion with Bruce's follow-up to this Fist of Fury. Same goes for the renaming of Way of the Dragon to The Return of the Dragon in a low attempt at cashing in on Enter the The Dragon. KEEP THEIR ORIGINAL TITLES DAMMIT.
This is Bruce Lee's 1st movie as an adult (he was a child actor some time during his youth). AND the most bloody. It broke box office records in its first release and reintroduced the world to its first Asian Superstar aswell as its first Martial Arts Cinema Icon. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
The final 10-minute fight between the 50-year-old Liu and his real brother, Liu Chia-rong, features the most outstanding and authentic Chinese weapons choreography in the history of the genre. Each weapon is clearly demonstrated in one continuous scene that you wish would never end. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
I personally consider Both "Volumes" one long 4 hour Martial-Arts-Spaghetti-Western-Revenge EPIC.
While watching this film in the theater i had on the biggest grin, i couldnt help but whisper to myself, "Damn, Tarantino sure knows his *beep* - This film is like watching a 4 hour "best, of martial arts & Asian cinema," the countless amount of 'nods', 'homages', and 'references' were a blast to watch. The soundtrack is also damn near PERFECT for the mood, and for setting the tone of the film. I could not praise this film enough. Its just that damn good, especially for us movie nerds. Some of the films that got referenced that i immediately spotted include but not limited to are:
Various Shaw Bros. Kung Fu Films
Sex & Fury
Master of the Flying Guillotine
Lone Wolf & Cub
Ichi the Killer
Five Fingers of Death
The anime sequence was awesome too, it was the icing to an already tasty cake.
BTW I recommend you pick up the Uncut, Uncensored JAPANESE release of the film, the color is restored during the final fight climax scene with the crazy 88. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Quentin Tarantino Pays "homage" to Asian Cinema.
This one showcased the 1 inch punch, made famous by Bruce Lee, and the AWESOME Gordon Liu, of 36 Chambers fame as the BEST character in the entire film. PAI MEI.
-In order to achieve the specific look of Chinese "wuxia" (martial arts) film of the 1970s, Quentin Tarantino gave director of photography, Robert Richardson, an extensive list of genre films as a crash-course in the visual style they used. The list included films by genre-pioneers Cheh Chang and the Shaw Brothers. Tarantino also forbade the use of digital effects and "professional" gags and squibs. As such, he insisted that bloody spurts be done in the fashion made popular by Chang Cheh: Chinese condoms full of fake blood that would splatter on impact.
-Part of the movie was shot at the legendary The Shaw Brothers Creative Group studio in Hong Kong. Quentin Tarantino has seen so many movies made at the studio that he felt it was important for him to work there.
-Quentin Tarantino had intended for three actors of different nationalities to represent their respective countries. Chia Hui Liu represents China, Sonny Chiba represents Japan, and David Carradine represents the United States. Tarantino said that had Bruce Lee still been alive he'd have been asked to appear in Kill Bill as well.
-The Character Pai Mei is based on Pak Mei, the originator of the "White Eyebrow" kung fu technique. According to legend, Pak Mei was one of the few masters left following the decimation of the Buddhist temples, and later sold out other masters to save himself and his team during an attack they had mounted that subsequently went wrong. For this reason, Pak Mei Kung Fu has always been known as the "forbidden technique," and Pak Mei himself has been a villainous figure in Chinese folklore and film for hundreds of years. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
This is by far Jet Li's finest acting performance. The only film in his career that demands more range as a "serious actor" than anything hes starred in before or since... And he pulls it off quite well. The Martial Arts arent bad either, Woo Ping And Jet collaborates once again to choreograph some of the most vicious and exciting fight sequences produced.
The supporting cast is all star aswell and hits the ball out of the park. Bob Hoskins, Morgan Freeman, & Kerry Condon were all gave great performances. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
SHOGUN ASSASSIN is actually a re-released, dubbed version of the first two "Lone Wolf and Cub" films that came out from Japan in the Seventies.
I saw the original two films before seeing this recut, reedited and dubbed version, and i can honestly say i prefer this version, i usually prefer films in their native tongue however the lack of a soundtrack in the original had me literally falling asleep. The story is "dumbed" down here in the dub, but it really doesnt matter, the story wasnt very "intelligent" or complex to begin with, its supposed to be a straight out REVENGE flick. They cut out a few sex and rape scenes in this version aswell as altering or completely removing plenty of the original dialogue, which is refreshing for me, since i felt they were really unnecessary. They kept all the stuff i like from the original cut, which were the decapitation, blood, violence, and Action. But The main reason i prefer this cut is because of the introduction of Daigoro's narration, which isn't present in the original films. It adds a different dimension to the story that it changes the whole tone of the film.
Besides bad dubbing, this flick is better edited, scored, and just an easier place to start. If you like this film then im sure youll hunt down the rest of the "Lone Wolf & Cub Series." like i did... Theres 6 movies in all. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
This could also be described as The Chinese Robin Hood. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Now while ill admit, most Kung Fu flicks especially those from the 70s & 80s lack any real "story" or "plot" and that the filmmakers are more concerned with the fight choreography & ACTION, not that different from say... Porn. Theres the 1 on 1, 2 on 1, then the group scene right?
This film is an exception. It has a well thought out plot, lots of character development and of course delivers the action only Hong Kong Cinema brings the action. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
-The blind assassin wielding a cane sword appears to be an obvious reference to the Zatoichi blind swordsman films starring Shintarô Katsu.
-First film to ever get an X rating for violence. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
This classic directed by the legendary King Hu stars kung fu’s first screen queen, Cheng Pei-pei. She plays the mysterious swordswoman Golden Swallow, who tries to free a kidnapped official held in a Buddhist monastery. It set new standards for martial arts movies as its 20-year-old star became the most renowned kung fu heroine in martial arts cinema history. With fight direction by Hang Ying-jie (the big boss in Bruce Lee’s The Big Boss), Come Drink With Me inspired Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which is why Lee insisted on casting Cheng as the treacherous Jade Fox. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
This flick while not really a Shaw Bros production really feels like a Shaw Bros film, from the look, feel, plot, everything is reminiscent and can be easily mistaken as one of their classics.
This film has some of the best Wing Chun action around.
I for one firmly believe Sammo Hung is just as talented as a film maker and as an martial artist as Jackie Chan. Both Legends in my Book. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Oh and BTW I think its worth mentioning Gordon Liu has an amusing cameo. Complete with a ridiculous looking wig, a mustache, a guitar, and a dance number! ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Tsui Hark’s visceral retelling of The "One-Armed Swordsman." ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Both Films feature the greatest Mother & Son Kung Fu tag team Ever. Josephine Siao Steals the show BOTH times from Jet Li! Now you have to be one hell of an actor/actress to steal the spotlight from someone like Jet. She was the best thing about both films, well her and the awesome fight choreography of course. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
There are many schools of Chinese martial arts and their history date back to decades, if not centuries. Among the different sects, Wing Chun is one of the most popular and widely practiced. Wing Chun tells the story of the Founder of the Style. (Some famous Wing Chun Students & Masters include Bruce Lee, Yip Man, Biao Yuen, Sammo Hung, & Jackie Chan. Among many others.)
Donnie Yen stars aswell but as comic relief for a change. Highly recommended.
-An unofficial prequel/remake has recently been released also based on the life of Yim Wing Chun titled: "Kung Fu Wing Chun" starring: Bai Jing, Yu Shaoqun, Kara Hui, Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu, Colin Chou, so go pick that up ASAP, Because it actually features Wing Chun Martial Arts ALOT more than this film, which is my only complaint for this Michelle Yeoh Gem.
-Pei-pei Cheng, Who stars here as Wing chuns Sifu (Teacher) was a huge female martial arts action star of the 60s and 70s, she was like Michelle Yeoh is today back in the 60s, casting her as Michelle's Wing Chun instructor is sort of like the "passing of the crown." ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Which FYI are:
Donnie Yen Vs Jacky Wu
Donnie Yen Vs Sammo Hung. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Awesome choreography. The Final Fight sequence was incredible. Donnie Yen has mentioned being a fan of American Mixed Martial Arts action, utilizes some of the grappling moves hes seen them use in this. Good stuff. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Even your average film snobs who absolutely despise martial arts movies love this film. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
-This was the most successful Hong Kong-made movie ever in Hong Kong, making HK$60 million (about US$4.7 million) at the local box office.
-The Shaolin goalkeeper is a humorous homage to martial arts legend Bruce Lee. H develops a Lee-style haircut and wears a Game of Death (1978) yellow jumpsuit. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Now while both films are magnificent i gotta say i favor this version alot more. and the reason being? - Maggie Cheung. She is Wonderful as the inn keeper, definitely one of her finest performances. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Most don’t realize that the film is based on the 1972 Manga of the same name. Writer Kazuo Koike, of Lone Wolf and Cub fame, creates his ultimate revenge epic, with Kazuo Kamimura drawing the art. The manga series had never been published in English before despite the pop culture influences of film (Kill Bill for example), probably because of its hyper-violent and hypersexual adult content.
The title character of the series is Syura-Yuki Hime, a cold-blooded assassin-for-hire, who lives only to find and kill those who destroyed her family. Her dark adventures take place during an interesting era in Japanese history called the Meiji Period (1868-1912). It is a time of drastic change as old, traditional customs are torn away by western influences. The age is analogous to the Victorian Era or the old west. The film The Last Samurai would be a good visual frame of reference, note, I say “visual.”
Although her name, Syura-Yuki Hime, is translated as Lady Snowblood, it has several deeper meanings as with all things Japanese. Syura is another way to say cursed or wicked. Snowblood can also be seen as an inverse of Snow White, as her life is the opposite of a fairy tale. A fitting moniker for a woman who carves a bloody course through the Japanese gilded age. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Seriously though, once you get to the training sequences the things he pulls off gets insane. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
This is Arguably one of the Greatest Martial Arts flick the West has ever produced besides Kill Bill and Enter the Dragon.
And one of the major reasons why is, 2 of those 3 films were choreographed by Hong Kong legend Woo-ping Yuen. (While Enter the Dragon was choreographed by Bruce Lee.)
-In the combat training program before Keanu Reeves starts his furious attacks on Morpheus, he rubs his nose with his thumb and finger, a similar mannerism of Bruce Lee before he attacks on his opponents. The move was improvised by Reeves.
-When Tank is uploading the Martial Arts training to Neo, there is a shot of the computer screen as it scrolls through the various Martial Arts styles. The graphics have a computer image of a person and the title of the style below. The fifth one on the screen is entitled "Drunken Boxing". Woo-ping Yuen, the fight choreographer for this movie, was director and fight choreographer for Jackie Chan's early hit, Jui kuen (1978) in which Jackie Chan's character masters the style of Zui Chuan, or Drunken Boxing. Some of the other Martial Arts fighting styles being downloaded are Ju Jitsu, Savate, Kempo, Tae Kwon Do, and, of course, Kung Fu. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
My only beef with the film really is that Biao Yuen does not reprise his role from the first film (as Boon) and is instead recast with another lesser known actor. I hate that whenever it happens in all films in general.
This film is still worth the view for the Jet Li Vs Donnie Yen Showdown alone. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
I hope to see more, particularly live action takes on Samurai X. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Shows just how BADASS the Monks of Shaolin can truly be. Andy Lau stars, and for the first time since Legend of Drunken Master, reunites with Jackie Chan, but in a supporting role. This is a great throwback to Jet Li's Older Shaolin films. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Along with Reign of Assassins, Shaolin, & the Ip Man films, the new wave of kung fu cinema has arrived. A Donnie Yen is Top Dog.
-Playing the villain of the film is a true legend, Jimmy Wang Yu. This will be the first film Wang appears in in nearly two decades. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
"Martial Arts Purists" will have you believe this is the greatest wing chun film ever made. Now while im obviously a huge kung fu fan, aswell as being an admirer of Biao Yuens work, disagree, sure its pretty damn good, but ive always thought Sammo's Warriors Two was the best, right up until i saw Donnie Yen's Ip Man films.
I dont even think its Biao's best work, his best IMO is Knockabout. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
My recommendation? See it in High Definition. This film is BEAUTIFUL in HD. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Josephine Siao steals the show as Jet's Mother. SO HILARIOUS! ” - Eric-Scissorhands
A welcomed throwback to the wonderfully awesome Old School Kung Fu Chop Socky Cinema. With special Appearances by Michelle Yeoh, Jay Chou, and the legendary Gordan Liu. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
-The blood in the film has been described by many as being "too CGI". Kitano did this intentionally, wanting to "soften the shock to the audience" due to the high body count. Kitano told the CGI artist he wanted the blood to "look like flowers blossoming across the screen." ” - Eric-Scissorhands
The Playground Fight Scene is a highlight. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Michelle Yeoh takes on the Imperial Japanese Army! As the Female Chinese Indiana Jones! ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Because that's precisely what this is, Well not really, its got all the elements except actual Hong Kong Actors. Like Ong Bak did before, French director Pierre Morel took cues from Action Classics such as Jackie Chan's Police Story Series and paste em on here with their own special twist to create a thrilling, action packed, flick that's definitely worth your time. Its got it all, "free running," (which Jackie Chan popularized in the 80's and early 90s.) gun fights, hand to hand combat, gangs, car hopping, fence jumping, and the mandatory fight with an unnaturally tall enemy. (well in this case Cyril takes on a tall fat guy.)
Cyril Raffaelli who i was already familiar with prior, thanks to his phenomenal fight scene with Jet Li in Kiss of the Dragon is definitely a rising star to keep an eye out for. This is the first flick ive seen him in as a lead and i hope to see more. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
I can look past the cliches and predictable story lines just to see my two favorite ass kickers on the planet square off on film for the very first time.
Oh and another thing i really liked was the opening title sequence, call me a major nerd but it was a thrill to see all those Shaw Bros & Bruce Lee homages. :-D ” - Eric-Scissorhands
This is a damn good fight film, great choreography, decent acting & a simple enough story to follow. BUT it lack that certain "something" to truly rank it up there with the greats.
Scott Adkins as a talent to watch out though. The man is a complete Beast. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
There are many schools of Chinese martial arts and their history date back to decades, if not centuries. Among the different sects, Wing Chun is one of the most popular and widely practiced. Kung Fu Wing Chun tells the story of origin and development of Wing Chun. (Some famous Wing Chun Students & Masters include Bruce Lee, Yip Man, Biao Yuen, Sammo Hung, & Jackie Chan. Among many others.)
Jing Bai is impressive as the title role and even more impressive is the supporting cast which includes Collin Chou as the main villain, Qiu & Wah Yuen as a Married Couple (YES, AGAIN, theyre best known in the west as the Landlord & Lady in Kung Fu Hustle, they have starred together in many more kung fu flicks afterwards including here and is always a joy to watch.) and my favorite casting of all is that of Kara Hui (of My Young Auntie fame) in the role of Wing Chuns Sifu. It reminded me of the casting of Pei-pei Cheng in the original Wing Chun with Michelle Yeoh, they reserved the role for another former "queen of kung fu cinema." And hopefully itll be another "passing of the crown moment."
-A Young Ip Man shows up at the end were in he asks Yim Wing Chun to teach him martial arts in the same way a Young Bruce Lee shows up at the end of Ip Man 2.
-This is a Remake of Michelle Yeoh's "Wing Chun." & also an "unofficial" Prequel/Spin-Off to Donnie Yen's Ip Man films. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
With that said, this is still really enjoyable on its own.
What makes this aswell as ALL of Jackie & Jet's "Early" work stand out is the absence of wires, cranes, stuntmen, and CGI, everything you see here is real by actual martial artists, yes even the kids, and thats why the martial arts featured is top notch. No Fakes.
Bottom line is, if youre looking for Some Lighthearted Martial Arts Fun, look no further than Kids from Shaolin. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Skillful balletic duels between the sword and the spear rival even the best work of Jackie Chan and Liu Chia Liang in their intricacy ” - Eric-Scissorhands
-Karate Bullfighter (1977)
-Karate Bear Fighter (1977)
-Karate for Life (1977)
Word of warning though, this film directly rips off Enter the Dragon's "mirror fight" climax. Chiba even imitates Bruce Lee in the scene. Call it a "homage" a "tribute" or whatever, i still see it as a rip-off. But nevertheless, i still enjoyed the film immensely.
Also worth a mention is the South Korean Remake/Prequel called "Fighter in the Wind:" (Which comes next of my list.) ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Gordon Liu does a great job as he stars and directs this flick about two friends from opposite sides of rival schools of the martial arts.
For the fans of the Hip Hop super group the Wu Tang Clan, this is where they got SOME of the sound samples featured in Enter the 36th Chambers record. They got it from the DUBBED version, which i personally have never seen, i prefer seeing these films in their native tongue. But thats just me. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
This could also be classified as a "prequel" too Sonny Chiba's "Oyama Trilogy" were Chiba plays the lead back in the 70's which was also based on the life of Choi Bae-dal. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
-The English dubbed version, released through Warner Brothers, was the film that launched the craze for "kung fu" movies in the United States. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
Some have dubbed it as "The Fighter, with kicking" and sure it's somewhat accurate lol, but I thought the Fighter was the better directed and acted picture, not to say this is bad, because clearly I wouldn't have included it on this list if it was, its good, mainly because Hardy is such a great young actor, but its not as good as the Fighter. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
the Extremely underrated Martial Arts action star Biao Yuen cuts his ties with Sammo & Jackie to prove in this film that even he can stand on his own.
Maggie Cheung is delightful as his love interest as usual.
Overall i enjoyed the flick it was a nice balance of goofy humor, romance, and action. Highly recommended. ” - Eric-Scissorhands
-So much and so thick was the fake blood used in the "Meat Grinder" finale that Siu-Wong Fan, the actor who played Ricky, could not wash the red off his skin for three days. ” - Eric-Scissorhands