Martial Arts Films I Have Seen

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1. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama

8.7
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98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 258,039 | Gross: $0.27M

2. Yojimbo (1961)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.3
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A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Eijirô Tôno, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Tsukasa

Votes: 84,948

3. Sanjuro (1962)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.2
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A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiju Kobayashi, Yûnosuke Itô

Votes: 23,334

4. The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Masayo Banri, Ryûzô Shimada, Hajime Mitamura

Votes: 3,817

5. Da zui xia (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Crime

7.0
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A group of bandits kidnaps the governor's son and demands their imprisoned leader to be set free in exchange.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Hua Yueh, Chih-Ching Yang, Hung Lieh Chen

Votes: 2,927

6. The Magnificent Trio (1966)

103 min | Action, Drama, Romance

6.3
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During the late Ming Dynasty a heroic swordsman named Lu Fang (Jimmy Wang Yu) returns from battle to discover that several poor farmers have kidnapped a ruthless local magistrate's only ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Ping Chin, Margaret Tu Chuan, Fanny Fan, Yu Wang

Votes: 309

7. Bao biao (1969)

101 min | Action, Drama, History

7.1
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Ying Ke-Feng, head of Peerless Manor, is an expert swordsman whose escort business transports 200,000 taels of silver to the capital each year. This year, however, he is afflicted with an ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Lung Ti, Ching Lee, Miao Ching

Votes: 447

8. Du bei dao (1967)

R | 111 min | Action, Drama

7.5
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A noble swordsman, whose arm had been chopped off, returns to his former teacher to defend him from a villainous gang of rival swordsmen.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Yu Wang, Chiao Chiao, Chung-Hsin Huang, Yin-Tze Pan

Votes: 2,177

9. The Wandering Swordsman (1970)

103 min | Action, Drama

6.8
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The charismatic David Chiang joins the "queen of Shaw Brothers kung-fu," Lily Li, is an entertaining "Martial Arts World" epic about a hero who robs from the robbers and gives to the poor - making the vengeful robbers very cross indeed!

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Lily Li, Pei-Shan Chang, Lei Cheng

Votes: 137

10. The Heroic Ones (1970)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Drama, History

6.7
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A Mogul king decides to take stealthy action to help overpower his greatest rivals. He chooses nine out thirteen of his loyal generals (who he treats as sons) to embark on the mission. ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Han Chin, Lung Ti, Lily Li

Votes: 538

11. Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.1
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Zatoichi tries to unrest the mob rule over a small village all while the gang leader's bodyguard is actually the Yojimbo, secretly taking the gang down from the inside. Will the two heroes realize in time that they are on the same side?

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Shintarô Katsu, Ayako Wakao, Osamu Takizawa

Votes: 1,939

12. A Touch of Zen (1971)

Not Rated | 200 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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A lady fugitive on the run from corrupt government officials is joined in her endeavors by an unambitious painter and skilled Buddhist monks.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Feng Hsu, Chun Shih, Ying Bai, Billy Chan

Votes: 3,988

13. Duel of the Iron Fist (1971)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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A Kung Fu artist sacrifices everything to avenge his father's execution.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Lung Ti, David Chiang, Ping Wang, Jeanette Yu Wei

Votes: 338

14. Shin zatô Ichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken (1971)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.3
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Two of Japan and China's greatest heroic swordsman find themselves caught in a plot to protect a young child. But will national distrust and simple misunderstanding keep the two kindred spirits apart?

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yu Wang, Watako Hamaki, Michie Terada

Votes: 1,032

15. Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Adventure

7.9
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The story of a Ronin (i.e. a masterless samurai) who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Fumio Watanabe, Gô Katô, Tomoko Mayama

Votes: 5,405

16. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)

Not Rated | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.0
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Trailed by a clan of female ninja, Ogami is paid to assassinate a clan traitor accompanied by three killers known as the Gods of Death.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Minoru Ôki, Akiji Kobayashi

Votes: 4,211

17. The Chinese Connection (1972)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.4
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A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.

Director: Wei Lo | Stars: Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, James Tien, Maria Yi

Votes: 20,791

18. Five Fingers of Death (1972)

R | 104 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.2
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Two martial arts schools prepare for an important tournament.

Director: Chang-hwa Jeong | Stars: Lieh Lo, Ping Wang, Hsiung Chao, Chin-Feng Wang

Votes: 2,349

19. The Way of the Dragon (1972)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.3
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A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.

Director: Bruce Lee | Stars: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao, Ping Ou Wei

Votes: 26,218

20. The Water Margin (1972)

R | 81 min | Action, Drama

6.8
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Tells the story of the 108 Heroes who stood up against a corrupt government. Each hero has his own unique fighting skill, but they are all willing to die to uphold justice.

Directors: Cheh Chang, Hsueh Li Pao, Wu Ma | Stars: David Chiang, Lung Ti, Kuan Tai Chen, Chung Wang

Votes: 516

21. Bruce Lee and I (1973)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama

6.9
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Unicorn travels to a village troubled by gangsters in search of revenge for the murder of his parents years before. The task is made more complicated when he befriends a middle-aged woman and her son who begin to admire and depend on him.

Director: Ti Tang | Stars: Little Unicorn, Tina Chin-Fei, Yasuaki Kurata, Hoi Mang

Votes: 434

22. Enter the Dragon (1973)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Ahna Capri

Votes: 83,783 | Gross: $25.00M

23. Shanghai Joe (1973)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama, Western

5.9
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A Chinese immigrant, recently arrived in America, fights to free Mexican slaves from their cruel master.

Director: Mario Caiano | Stars: Chen Lee, Klaus Kinski, Carla Romanelli, Gordon Mitchell

Votes: 642

24. Lady Snowblood (1973)

Not Rated | 97 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge.

Director: Toshiya Fujita | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Masaaki Daimon, Miyoko Akaza

Votes: 9,455

25. The Street Fighter (1974)

X | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.1
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Tough karate master Terry Tsurugi takes it upon himself to protect a late businessman's daughter from the Yakuza.

Director: Shigehiro Ozawa | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Goichi Yamada, Etsuko Shiomi, Fumio Watanabe

Votes: 3,927

26. Satsujin ken 2 (1974)

X | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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Takuma "Terry" Tsurugi returns. In this sequel, he sets out to bust up a phony charity put together by the Yakuza.

Director: Shigehiro Ozawa | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Claude Gagnon, Masafumi Suzuki, Yôko Ichiji

Votes: 1,539

27. Onna hissatsu ken (1974)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime

6.3
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Lee Long is a martial-arts champion who the police use as an undercover agent to infiltrate a drug ring responsible for importing heroin from Japan to Hong Kong. When he is identified and ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi | Stars: Etsuko Shiomi, Shin'ichi Chiba, Asao Uchida, Sanae Ôhori

Votes: 862

28. Gyakushû! Satsujin ken (1974)

R | 83 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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Terry Sugury is hired to recover one of two tapes containing a formula for making heroin for a price of 200 dollars a pound. But he gets double crossed. So he wants the tape back.

Director: Shigehiro Ozawa | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Reiko Ike, Etsuko Shiomi, Yutaka Nakamura

Votes: 953

29. Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976)

R | 81 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

7.6
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57 Metascore

After his students are killed by the One Armed Boxer, a vengeful and blind Kung Fu expert travels to a village where a martial arts contest is being held and vows to behead every one armed man he comes across.

Director: Yu Wang | Stars: Yu Wang, Tien Wu Chu, Kang Chin, Chung-Erh Lung

Votes: 3,593

30. Karate Kiba (1976)

R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.2
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Karate master and anti-drug vigilante Chiba returns to his home in Japan, where he holds a press conference announcing his intention to wipe out the nation's drug industry. He also offers ... See full summary »

Directors: Ryuichi Takamori, Simon Nuchtern | Stars: Etsuko Shiomi, Jirô Yabuki, Aaron Banks, Ling Chia

Votes: 341

31. Shao Lin men (1976)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama

6.1
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A survivor of an attack on a rebel group opposing the Manchu invasion of China creates the Goose Fist fighting technique and tries for revenge on a traitor.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tao-Liang Tan, James Tien, Jackie Chan, Ching Chu

Votes: 1,075

32. Long hu feng (1976)

85 min | Action, Drama

5.7
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A boy who was once bullied learns the art of nail throwing. A friend joins him as they team up and travel to challenge the Dragon.

Director: Kuo-Heng Chung | Stars: Feng Kou, Ping Wang, Chun Ti, Shao Chun Chang

Votes: 22

33. New Fists of Fury (1976)

R | 114 min | Action, Drama

5.6
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A young man sets out to avenge his grandfather's death and prove his martial arts mastery.

Director: Wei Lo | Stars: Jackie Chan, Nora Miao, Sing Chen, Chung-Kuei Chang

Votes: 1,084

34. Tien ya ming yue dao (1976)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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Don't miss this one it is excellent. Chinese sword masters pair up to fight off yet another villain for the deadly PeacockDart. The ending is eye popping don't miss this one. Shaw Brothers come thru yet again

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Lung Ti, Lieh Lo, Li Ching, Ni Tien

Votes: 569

35. Po jie (1977)

98 min | Action, Drama

7.0
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Angry and aggressive orphan Lotus Lin gets raised as a Buddhist in a Shaolin temple after her mother dies in the wake of giving birth to her in prison. Consumed with rage, Lin gets expelled... See full summary »

Director: Chang-hwa Jeong | Stars: Angela Mao, Michael Wai-Man Chan, Siu-Lung Leung, Shan Kwan

Votes: 146

36. Executioners from Shaolin (1977)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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A couple unite - she is fluent in the crane style of kung fu, he in tiger style. They have a son, but the boy's father is killed by the evil eunuch Bai Mei. Disguised as a girl, his mom ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Lieh Lo, Yue Wong, Lily Li

Votes: 1,047

37. Jing wu men xu ji (1977)

R | 104 min | Action, Drama

6.1
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After Chen Zhen's execution in Shanghai, the Japanese feared that his death would unite all Chinese kung fu schools against them. Fearing this, the Japanese gave orders to the head of the ... See full summary »

Directors: Iksan Lahardi, Tso Nam Lee, Jimmy Shaw | Stars: Bruce Li, Lieh Lo, Feng Tien, Yasuhiro Shikamura

Votes: 346

38. Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)

PG | 90 min | Action, Comedy

7.5
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Jackie Chan is a boy who is used as a janitor at his kung-fu school. Jackie Chan can't fight and is always getting bullied by the teachers and pupils. One day an old man helps Jackie train ... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jang Lee Hwang, Dean Shek

Votes: 8,879

39. Drunken Master (1978)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Comedy

7.6
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Wong Fei-Hung (Jackie Chan) is a mischievous, yet righteous young man, but after a series of incidents, his frustrated father has him disciplined by Beggar So (Yuen Siu-Tien), a master of drunken martial arts.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jang Lee Hwang, Dean Shek

Votes: 29,376

40. Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

R | 97 min | Action

7.2
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The final student of a dying martial arts master is instructed to locate the previous five students and defeat any evil ones among them.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Sheng Chiang, Chien Sun, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Meng Lo

Votes: 4,815

41. Nan Shao Lin yu bei Shao Lin (1978)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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Three North Shaolin teachers (Lu Feng, Chang Sheng, and Sun Chien) are called on by the Manchus to teach their soldiers and are urged to challenge the current South Shaolin teachers. They ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Feng Lu, Sheng Chiang, Chien Sun, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok

Votes: 792

42. Can que (1978)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama

7.5
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Three men, crippled by an evil warlord, become friends and learn kung fu with the help of an old teacher and his idiot pupil.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Kuan-Tai Chan, Feng Lu, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Meng Lo

Votes: 1,784

43. Zan xian sheng yu zhao qian Hua (1978)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama

7.4
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Beloved for its combination of thrilling combat choreography and hilarious physical comedy, the film tells the story of a humble cashier who discovers a plot to kill his small town mayor.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Ka-Yan Leung, Casanova Wong, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Chia Yung Liu

Votes: 955

44. Shao Lin san shi liu fang (1978)

R | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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A man studies kung fu at the Shaolin Temple to fight back against the oppressive Manchu government.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu, Norman Chui

Votes: 11,766

45. Zhong hua zhang fu (1978)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy

7.8
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A Chinese man (Liu) marries a Japanese woman through an arranged marriage and manages to insult all of her Japanese martial arts family by issuing a challenge to her that is misinterpreted ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Yuka Mizuno, Yasuaki Kurata, Naozo Kato

Votes: 1,673

46. Dance of the Drunken Mantis (1979)

94 min | Action, Comedy

7.1
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A year after training young Jackie Chan in the Drunken Fist, Sam the Seed discovers he has a son, Foggy. He tries to train Foggy but to no avail. Foggy is then trained in Drunken Fist from ... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Siu Tin Yuen, Jang Lee Hwang, Linda Lin, Shun-Yee Yuen

Votes: 529

47. The Deadly Breaking Sword (1979)

101 min | Action, Comedy

6.7
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Warrior Tuan Changqing (Ti Lung) meets courtesan Liu Yinxi (Shih Szu) in a small town. Liu pleads Tuan to kill underworld master Guo Tiansheng (Ku Feng), known as the "Killer Doctor", in ... See full summary »

Director: Chung Sun | Stars: Lung Ti, Sheng Fu, Szu Shih, Feng Ku

Votes: 154

48. Lin Shi Rong (1979)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.5
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A plump butcher student of Wong Fei Hung, Lam Sai-Wing (Sammo) gets into trouble with a rival kung-fu school known as Five Dragons and is accused of raping the head of that school's ... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Tak-Hing Kwan, Biao Yuen, Pai Wei

Votes: 1,791

49. Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979)

106 min | Action, Drama

7.2
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A son tries to avenge his father, and gets two sword fighters to help him.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Pai Wei, Damian Lau, Kong Lau, Chiu-Hua Wei

Votes: 1,008

50. Za jia xiao zi (1979)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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Knockabout is Sammo HungÂ's (TVÂ's Martial Law, The Legend Of Zu) brilliant cinematic achievement at merging comedy with kung fu. His meticulous blending of the two ingredients is vividly demonstrated in this film.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Ka-Yan Leung, Chia Yung Liu, Biao Yuen, Kuang Yu Wang

Votes: 980

51. Two Champions of Death (1980)

R | 101 min | Action, Drama

6.6
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The Wu Tang chief sends out his men, each of whom is given a symbol so they can recognize each other. The largest is given to Lee, whom the others are to obey.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Meng Lo, Sheng Chiang, Li Wang, Feng Lu

Votes: 334

52. Guangdong shi hu xing yi wu xi (1980)

R | 91 min | Action, Drama

6.6
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The movie involves two stories concerning the original Ten Tigers and their future disciples.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Lung Ti, Sheng Fu, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Sheng Chiang

Votes: 325

53. Return to the 36th Chamber (1980)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy

7.1
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The workers of a dye factory have their pay cut by 20% when the factory owner brings in some Manchu thugs to try and increase production. Desperate to reclaim their full wages, the workers ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lung Wei Wang, Hou Hsiao, Lun Hua

Votes: 2,428

54. Snake In The Monkey's Shadow (1979)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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A snake style expert travels the lands, imposing his mastery on others, until he runs into a monkey expert living on the edge of a small town, who defeats him soundly. The snake expert ... See full summary »

Director: Sum Cheung | Stars: John Cheung, Yao Lin Chen, Pomson Shi, Chiu-Sing Hau

Votes: 325

55. Bei pan shi men (1980)

92 min | Action, Comedy

7.0
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Although injured, a martial-arts expert teaches an orphan his methods.

Director: Chin-Ku Lu | Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Tak Yuen, Hsueh-Erh Wen, Lung Wei Wang

Votes: 316

56. Battle Creek Brawl (1980)

R | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.8
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A young Asian American martial artist is forced to participate in a brutal formal street-fight competition.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Jackie Chan, Kristine DeBell, José Ferrer, Mako

Votes: 4,014

57. Po jie da shi (1980)

100 min | Action, Comedy

5.5
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Gordon Liu portrays a Buddhist monk who abandons his post at a Buddhist temple when the temple is attacked by Japanese troops during World War II. After he leaves the temple, he takes on ... See full summary »

Director: Chia Yung Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Chia Yung Liu, Lily Li, Lung Chan

Votes: 64

58. Fo zhang luo han quan (1980)

90 min | Action

6.7
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Aspiring barber and experienced kung-fu fighter Shang learns that his childhood friend, Siu Ming, has been framed for murder by an unknown villain. When Shang begins looking into the crime,... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Shun-Yee Yuen, Siu Ming Tsui, Lung Chan, Hsi Chang

Votes: 319

59. Yong zhe wu ju (1981)

91 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

7.5
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A short-tempered, violent criminal named "White Tiger" is on the run from the police and joins a theater troupe for disguise, killing anyone who angers him or who suspects his identity. One... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Biao Yuen, Ka-Yan Leung, Shun-Yee Yuen, Tak-Hing Kwan

Votes: 522

60. Bai ga jai (1981)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy

7.6
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A rich man's son (Yuen Biao) believes himself to be the best kung fu fighter in Canton. Unfortunately, his father, anxious for his son's safety, bribes all his opponents to lose. After a ... See full summary »

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Biao Yuen, Ching-Ying Lam, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Frankie Chan

Votes: 2,519

61. My Young Auntie (1981)

121 min | Action, Comedy

7.0
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Cheng Tai-Nan (Kara Hui) is an honest and faithful servant of a dying patriarch who wants nothing more than to protect his vast wealth from his selfish, conniving nephew, Yung-Sheng. ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Liang Liu, Kara Hui, Hou Hsiao, Lung Wei Wang

Votes: 538

62. Wu guan (1981)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama

7.2
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When you combine "Kung-fu" Liu Chia-liang with the greatest kung-fu film character of all time, Huang Fei-hung, you get one of the finest "pure" kung-fu films ever made, with martial arts mastery in every scene.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Kara Hui, Te-Lo Mai, Hou Hsiao

Votes: 343

63. Shao Lin si (1982)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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The Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, who installs himself as emperor in the East Capital. The son of one of his slave workers escapes to the Shaolin Temple, learns kung fu, ... See full summary »

Director: Hsin-Yen Chang | Stars: Jet Li, Hai Yu, Chenghui Yu, Lan Ding

Votes: 3,437

64. Legendary Weapons of China (1982)

R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.2
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A band of killers from an ailing kung fu and magic society are sent on a manhunt for a former member of the society, whose bad mouthing threatens it's existence.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Liang Liu, Chia Yung Liu, Kara Hui, Hou Hsiao

Votes: 866

65. House of Traps (1982)

95 min | Action, Adventure

6.5
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A team of skilled fighters navigate a house rigged with an array of ingenious and deadly traps.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Feng Lu, Li Wang, Tien Hsiang Lung, Chien Sun

Votes: 268

66. Kei Mun Dun Kap (1982)

95 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

7.1
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Former Royal Guardsman Kao was forced to be on the run when his superior couldn't tolerate him being a Manchu marrying a Han woman. A young prince was inadvertently killed when he kidnapped... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Yat Chor Yuen, Ka-Yan Leung, Cheung-Yan Yuen, Shun-Yee Yuen

Votes: 322

67. Five Element Ninjas (1982)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama

7.5
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A young martial artist seeks revenge on the Ninja who kills his martial arts brothers and teacher. He finds help in the form of a new teacher (who knows Ninjitsu) and new brothers. Together... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Tien-Chi Cheng, Tien Hsiang Lung, Meng Lo, Michael Wai-Man Chan

Votes: 1,607

68. Shen diao xia lu (1982)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Romance

5.6
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Brave Archer and His Mate is the fourth in a series originally starring international favorite Alexander Fu Sheng as master martial artist Kuo Tsing. Kuo Chui is the new hero who is out to ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Sheng Fu, Tien Hsiang Lung, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Gigi Suk Yee Wong

Votes: 113

69. Duel to Death (1983)

R | 86 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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The best sword master from China vs the best sword master from Japan. Who will win?

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Norman Chui, Damian Lau, Flora Cheung, Paul Chang

Votes: 1,500

70. Hung kuen dai see (1984)

85 min | Action, Drama

6.7
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A Kung Fu master finds out that an opium den is destroying the lives of the town he lives in, and vows to put an end to the den, but first he must try to defeat the strongest enemy he has ever faced: his addiction to the drug itself.

Director: Chia Tang | Stars: Lung Ti, Te-Lo Mai, Leanne Lau, Kuan Tai Chen

Votes: 278

71. Above the Law (1988)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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A former Special Operations Vietnam vet works as a Chicago cop, and uncovers C.I.A. wrongdoing.

Director: Andrew Davis | Stars: Steven Seagal, Pam Grier, Henry Silva, Ron Dean

Votes: 24,630 | Gross: $18.87M

72. Kickboxer (1989)

R | 97 min | Action, Sport, Thriller

6.4
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33 Metascore

Kurt Sloane must learn the ancient kick boxing art of Muay Thai in order to avenge his brother.

Directors: Mark DiSalle, David Worth | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Alexio, Dennis Chan, Michel Qissi

Votes: 41,631 | Gross: $14.70M

73. Hard to Kill (1990)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.8
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Left for dead with his wife killed in their house, L.A. Detective Mason Storm will have to make a quick recovery, expose those behind the murder and take revenge.

Director: Bruce Malmuth | Stars: Steven Seagal, Kelly LeBrock, William Sadler, Frederick Coffin

Votes: 23,936 | Gross: $47.41M

74. Marked for Death (1990)

R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.9
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A retired DEA agent is out to hunt down and take out a Jamaican drug posse that has targeted he and his family for murder.

Director: Dwight H. Little | Stars: Steven Seagal, Joanna Pacula, Basil Wallace, Keith David

Votes: 16,738 | Gross: $46.04M

75. Wong Fei Hung (1991)

R | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.4
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Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial arts hero Wong Fei-Hung (1847-1924) against foreign forces' (English, French and ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Biao Yuen, Jacky Cheung

Votes: 15,059

76. Wong Fei Hung II: Nam yee tung chi keung (1992)

R | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.5
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In the sequel to the Tsui Hark classic, Wong Fei-Hung faces The White Lotus society, a fanatical cult seeking to drive the Europeans out of China through violence, even attacking Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Siu Chung Mok, David Chiang

Votes: 7,841

77. Siu nin Wong Fei Hung chi: Tit ma lau (1993)

PG-13 | 85 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.6
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79 Metascore

A martial artist/doctor steals from the corrupt authorities as a masked thief to give to the poor while another martial artist/doctor is forced to hunt him down. But a major threat unites them as a powerful and traitorous shaolin monk takes over the authorities.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Rongguang Yu, Donnie Yen, Jean Wang, Sze-Man Tsang

Votes: 14,015 | Gross: $14.68M

78. The Legend (1993)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, History

7.2
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This Hong Kong martial-arts extravaganza tells of evil emperors and true love. The secret Red Lotus Flower Society is committed to the overthrow of the evil Manchu Emperor and his minions. ... See full summary »

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Jet Li, Josephine Siao, Michelle Reis, Sibelle Hu

Votes: 6,496

79. Tai-Chi Master (1993)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Two friends, ex Shaolin monks, part ways as they brush with the ongoing rebellion against the government. The ambitious one rises up to be a powerful military commander, while his betrayed friend resorts to learn the calm ways of Tai Chi.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Siu-Ho Chin, Fennie Yuen

Votes: 8,383

80. So Hak-Yee (1993)

R | 91 min | Action, Drama

6.3
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Action-packed as usual with Donnie Yen kicking his adversaries in the role of "Beggar Su". Basic plot revolves around a young Beggar Su getting addicted to opium and manipulated by a ... See full summary »

Directors: Chin-Chung Chan, Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Donnie Yen, Yuk Wong, Dickson Ga-Sing Lee, Man-Tat Ng

Votes: 484

81. Jing wu ying xiong (1994)

R | 103 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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In 1937, a Chinese martial artist returns to Shanghai to find his teacher dead and his school harassed by the Japanese.

Director: Gordon Chan | Stars: Jet Li, Shinobu Nakayama, Siu-Ho Chin, Billy Chow

Votes: 19,982

82. The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)

R | 102 min | Action, Comedy

7.6
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74 Metascore

A young martial artist is caught between respecting his pacifist father's wishes or stopping a group of disrespectful foreigners from stealing precious artifacts.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Jackie Chan, Ho-Sung Pak, Lung Ti, Anita Mui

Votes: 37,891 | Gross: $11.55M

83. Samurai Fiction (1998)

111 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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A noble young samurai searches for a thief who has stolen a precious treasure and killed one of his clansmen and meets an older samurai who tries to deter him from the violence of revenge.

Director: Hiroyuki Nakano | Stars: Morio Kazama, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Tomoyasu Hotei, Tamaki Ogawa

Votes: 2,425

84. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.9
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93 Metascore

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 231,127 | Gross: $128.08M

85. Ying xiong (2002)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, History

7.9
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85 Metascore

A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Jet Li, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 159,590 | Gross: $53.71M

86. Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.2
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69 Metascore

When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew | Stars: Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol, Suchao Pongwilai

Votes: 64,728 | Gross: $4.56M

87. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

8.1
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69 Metascore

The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen

Votes: 831,152 | Gross: $70.10M

88. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

R | 137 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

8.0
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83 Metascore

The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah

Votes: 569,276 | Gross: $66.21M

89. House of Flying Daggers (2004)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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89 Metascore

A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Dandan Song

Votes: 98,341 | Gross: $11.05M

90. District B13 (2004)

R | 84 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

7.2
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70 Metascore

Set in the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb.

Director: Pierre Morel | Stars: Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Tony D'Amario, Bibi Naceri

Votes: 59,970 | Gross: $1.20M

91. The Protector (2005)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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52 Metascore

A young fighter named Kham must go to Australia to retrieve his stolen elephant. With the help of a Thai-born Australian detective, Kham must take on all comers, including a gang led by an evil woman and her two deadly bodyguards.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew | Stars: Tony Jaa, Nathan Jones, Xing Jin, Petchtai Wongkamlao

Votes: 32,143 | Gross: $11.91M

92. Qi jian (2005)

Not Rated | 153 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.2
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Seven warriors come together to protect a village from a diabolical General.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Leon Lai, Donnie Yen, Charlie Yeung, Honglei Sun

Votes: 8,409

93. Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia (2006)

R | 114 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.0
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70 Metascore

During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Li Gong, Jay Chou, Ye Liu

Votes: 38,665 | Gross: $6.57M

94. Fearless (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.7
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70 Metascore

A biography of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who is the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Jet Li, Li Sun, Yong Dong, Yun Qu

Votes: 66,496 | Gross: $24.63M

95. Ye yan (2006)

Not Rated | 131 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

6.5
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A loose adaptation of Hamlet, "The Night Banquet" is set in an empire in chaos. The Emperor, the Empress, the Crown Prince, the Minister and the General all have their own enemies they would like to finish off at a night banquet.

Director: Xiaogang Feng | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, You Ge, Daniel Wu, Xun Zhou

Votes: 6,112

96. Yip Man (2008)

R | 106 min | Action, Biography, Drama

8.1
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59 Metascore

During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan, Ka Tung Lam

Votes: 187,600

97. On-Bak 2 (2008)

R | 98 min | Action

6.2
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47 Metascore

A young Thai boxer learns the skills and inner meaning of martial arts.

Directors: Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai | Stars: Tony Jaa, Sarunyu Wongkrachang, Sorapong Chatree, Primorata Dejudom

Votes: 26,541 | Gross: $0.10M

98. Ip Man 2 (2010)

R | 108 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.6
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67 Metascore

Centering on Ip Man's migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Xiaoming Huang, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Lynn Hung

Votes: 80,781 | Gross: $0.21M

99. Raging Phoenix (2009)

R | 112 min | Action, Romance

6.2
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A violent gang is abducting and killing women around Thailand. Sanim and his friends, having had loved ones abducted, have joined together to break the gang of kidnappers. In a botched ... See full summary »

Director: Rashane Limtrakul | Stars: JeeJa Yanin, Kazu Patrick Tang, Nui Saendaeng, Sompong Leartvimolkasame

Votes: 1,894

100. Ong-bak 3 (2010)

R | 99 min | Action

5.0
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38 Metascore

Ong Bak 3 picks up where Ong Bak 2 had left off. Tien is captured and almost beaten to death before he is saved and brought back to the Kana Khone villagers. There he is taught meditation ... See full summary »

Directors: Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai | Stars: Tony Jaa, Dan Chupong, Sarunyu Wongkrachang, Primorata Dejudom

Votes: 11,414 | Gross: $0.01M