The Best of Kung Fu Cinema

"Do you think your Wu-Tang sword can defeat me?"

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1.
Come Drink with Me (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A group of bandits kidnaps the governor's son and demands their imprisoned leader to be set free in exchange. (91 mins.)
Director: King Chuan
 
2.
Have Sword Will Travel (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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... (101 mins.)
Director: Chang Cheh
 
3.
The Heroic Ones (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A Mogul king decides to take stealthy action to help overpower his greatest rivals. He chooses nine... (117 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
4.
The Big Boss (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young man sworn to an oath of non-violence works with his cousins in an ice factory where they mysteriously begin to disappear. (100 mins.)
Director: Wei Lo
 
5.
Duel of the Iron Fist (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Kung Fu artist sacrifices everything to avenge his father's execution. (113 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
6.
The Water Margin (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (125 mins.)
 
7.
The Way of the Dragon (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them. (100 mins.)
Director: Bruce Lee
 
8.
Five Fingers of Death (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two martial arts schools prepare for an important tournament. (104 mins.)
Director: Chang Ho Cheng
 
9.
Boxer from Shantung (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Leaving the poverty of his life in Shantung to seek fortune in Shanghai, The Boxer is instead drawn into a world of corruption, gang warfare and evil... Where his only protection is his famed fighting technique. (94 mins.)
 
10.
The Chinese Connection (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher. (102 mins.)
Director: Wei Lo
 
11.
Enter the Dragon (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover. (102 mins.)
Director: Robert Clouse
 
12.
Shaolin Martial Arts (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When the ruling dynasty in China sends soldiers to destroy the Shaolin Temple, students use their martial arts to defend the school. (106 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
13.
5 Masters of Death (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Five students escape from the destruction of their beloved Shaolin Temple...now each must take revenge and train in their own seperate fighting styles...they will become The Five Shaolin Masters!! (105 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
14.
Dong kai ji (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Based on one of China's enduring epic novels, written in the 14th century, "All Men Are Brothers" continues... (101 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang, Ma Wu
 
15.
The Flying Guillotine (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Chen Kuan-tai battles assassins that use a deadly, beheading weapon to kill dissidents. Based on true events... (111 mins.)
Director: Meng Hua Ho
 
16.
The Spiritual Boxer (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A con artist uses Kung Fu to swindle villagers for money by pretending to be possessed by angry gods. However, when the villagers are later threatened by bandits he must use the same skills for good. (98 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
17.
The Four Assassins (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Four friends learn kung fu to avenge the death of their friend against the manchus. (103 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
18.
Dirty Ho (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A prince enlists a thief to serve as his bodyguard to protect him from assassins. (97 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
19.
Shaolin Wooden Men (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Jackie witnesses his father's death by the skilled hands of a martial arts master with an unknown killing technique... (106 mins.)
Director: Chi-Hwa Chen
 
20.
Du bi quan wang yong zhan chu men jiu zi (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Watch WANG YU as a one-armed savior battling the local goons in this martial arts classic. He has some rather amazing moves up his sleeve.
Director: Teng Hung Hsu
 
21.
Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (93 mins.)
Director: Jimmy Wang Yu
 
22.
Clans of Intrigue (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(102 mins.)
Director: Chu Yuan
 
23.
The Brave Archer (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young man must complete a series of martial art tests and overcome assassins along the way. (127 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
24.
The Invincible Armour (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Hwang Jang Lee is a corrupt Ming guard who frames John Liu for murder. A wanted fugitive, John hides... (90 mins.)
Director: See-Yuen Ng
 
25.
10 Brothers of Shaolin (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Chung Ting
 
26.
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The anti-Ching patriots, under the guidance of Ho Kuang-han, have secretly set up their base in Canton... (115 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
27.
Crippled Avengers (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Three men, crippled by an evil warlord, become friends and learn kung fu with the help of an old teacher and his idiot pupil. (107 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
28.
Eagle's Claws (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The Eagle's Claw school and the Praying Mantis school are rivals. When the Praying Mantis school attacks the Eagles and kills the Eagle's head teacher... (86 mins.)
Director: Tso Nam Lee
 
29.
Drunken Master (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An undisciplined boy must learn Drunken Fist Kung Fu in order to stop an assassin. (111 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
 
30.
Duel at the Tiger Village (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A kung-fu fighting detective investigating the murder of the emperor's wife uncovers a high-ranking conspiracy. (87 mins.)
Director: Hsueh Li Pao
 
31.
Fatal Needles vs. Fatal Fists (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Meng Hu and Capt. Chow Lung are local supercops who are cracking down on crime with a vengeance. That is... (92 mins.)
Director: Tso Nam Lee
 
32.
Zhong hua zhang fu (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A Chinese man (Liu) marries a Japanese woman through an arranged marriage and manages to insult all... (105 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
33.
Tang lang (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Shaolin Mantis (Orig. Tang lang) is a 1978 Shaw Brothers film directed by Lau Kar-leung. Starring David Chiang and Liu Chia Hui. Shaolin Mantis tells the story of a man who learns martial arts by observing a praying mantis. (96 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
34.
Five Deadly Venoms (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A dying teacher instructs his final student to check on the activities of five former pupils, each of... (97 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
35.
Avenging Warriors of Shaolin (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two friends who long to be heroes join the fight against a Ching warlord and his students. They get help from a Kung Fu student and a rebel. They also save Hung Si Quan's life. (110 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
36.
Ninja Checkmate (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Supposedly dead, embittered former official, The Ghost Face Killer has returned and seeking revenge... (90 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kuo
 
37.
Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A disgraced former Kung Fu expert makes a living as a merchant with the help of a hot headed friend. When the men are harassed by gangsters, the merchant decided to teach his friend monkey boxing so they can defend their business. (116 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
38.
Kung Fu of Seven Steps (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A ruthless white haired general intends to take over a small town with the help of his "Five Hands Gang" (87 mins.)
Director: Chung Ting
 
39.
Long hu men (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two young kung fu experts are terrorized by an evil warlord whose weapon is known as the Hell's Wind Staff... (85 mins.)
Director: Chun-Ku Lo
 
40.
The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director Chang Cheh reunites the Five Venoms in his second biggest cult hit in the West. It's Lo Meng's most memorable performances whose showdown with fellow Venom Kuo Chue is artistically violent while being graphically artsy. (86 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
41.
Crippled Masters (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Two men skilled in the arts of Kung-Fu are betrayed by their master and crippled for life, one left with no arms and the other with no legs... (90 mins.)
Director: Joe Law
 
42.
The Magnificent Ruffians (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Yuan Ying Fei is the descendant of the one known as Golden Sword and himself is a master of the technique as well as being boss of the town... (82 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
43.
Dance of the Drunken Mantis (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A year after training young Jackie Chan in the Drunken Fist, Sam the Seed discovers he has a son, Foggy... (94 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
 
44.
Shui quan guai zhao (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After being beaten by some thugs, police officer Chin Tai Ba (Leung Kar Yan) learns the Sleeping Fist... (88 mins.)
Director: Wing-Cho Yip
 
45.
Crack Shadow Boxers (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
(91 mins.)
Director: Yao Hua Wen
 
46.
The Flag of Iron (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When director Chang Chen found new talent and blood with "The Five Venoms" actors, most of which were... (113 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
47.
Shaolin Warrior (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
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... (100 mins.)
Director: Chia Yung Liu
 
48.
Guangdong shi hu xing yi wu xi (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The movie involves two stories concerning the original Ten Tigers and their future disciples. (91 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
49.
The Unbeaten 28 (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Wu Shao Tung is raised to be the leader of the Wu Tang clan, who previously have been defeated by the evil Yen Chan tin and his clan. He is taught roughly and is shown how to defeat the Unbeaten 18, a cave of treacherous traps. (90 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kuo
 
50.
Killer Wears White (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A veteran and tough sheriff's wife has a gambling problem. He works both sides of the law. He gets teamed... (114 mins.)
 
51.
The Master (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Although injured, a martial-arts expert teaches an orphan his methods. (92 mins.)
Director: Chin-Ku Lu
 
52.
The Rebel Intruders (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Three refugees become sworn brothers during a war. One (Kuo Chui/Philip Kwok) works in a whore house... (99 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
53.
Fo zhang luo han quan (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Aspiring barber and experienced kung-fu fighter Shang learns that his childhood friend, Siu Ming, has been framed for murder by an unknown villain... (90 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
 
54.
Return to the 36th Chamber (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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... (99 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
55.
An Old Kung Fu Master (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An aging martial arts champion fallen on hard times, nicknamed "Bamboo Stick" after his favorite weapon...
 
56.
Clan of the White Lotus (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The monk Hung Wen-Ting fights against the evil priest White Lotus. (95 mins.)
Director: Lieh Lo
 
57.
My Young Auntie (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Cheng Tai-Nan (Kara Hui) is an honest and faithful servant of a dying patriarch who wants nothing more... (121 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
58.
Bloody Monkey Master (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Iron is the son of a rebel leader, but prefers to spend his days gambling and getting into fights. When his father's group is arrested and executed... (95 mins.)
Director: Kuan Tai Chen
 
59.
King of Fists and Dollars (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After a dire mishap at a mine causing many to die or become injured, Master Chien decides to not pay out any funds to the survivors of the victims... (97 mins.)
Director: Ming-Hua Chen
 
60.
Two for the Road (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A shipment of gold, collected as charity, is high-jacked in transit. Two con-men witness the robbery... (83 mins.)
Director: Chiu Lee
 
61.
The Masked Avengers (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Philip Kwok (Lizard venom) plays a repentant killer who vows to destroy the masked gang of which he was a member... (92 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
62.
The Prodigal Son (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A rich man's son (Yuen Biao) believes himself to be the best kung fu fighter in Canton. Unfortunately... (104 mins.)
 
63.
Martial Club (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(110 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
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65.
Shaolin chuan ren (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
As the names of Chang Cheh and Liu Chia-liang became legendary, all-too-often the name of their equally valued collaborator... (100 mins.)
Director: Chia Tang
 
66.
Five Element Ninjas (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young martial artist seeks revenge on the Ninja who kills his martial arts brothers and teacher. He... (107 mins.)
Director: Chang Cheh
 
67.
The 36 Deadly Styles (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Excellent martial arts film directed by ace director Joseph Kuo. Wai Chi (Cheung Nick), who learns the 8 Gods fist to revenge the death of his father to some cruel badly wigged guys played by Hwang Jang Lee and Bolo Yeung. (92 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kuo
 
68.
The 36th Chamber: The Final Encounter (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
To avenge his parents, Lao kidnaps the daughter of one of the men who betrayed his father in hope of luring him out... (83 mins.)
Director: Yang Ming Tsai
 
69.
World of the Drunken Master (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A winery owner and drunken boxing master trains two young boys in the art of drunken boxing after he catches them stealing from his winery. (98 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kuo
 
70.
Legendary Weapons of China (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (109 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
71.
Raiders of the Shaolin Temple (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The Wu Tang seek to destroy the Shaolin Temple. The monks of Shaolin pin their hopes on a lone disciple to hold back the Wu horde. Training him are various teachers, including two crippled masters. (89 mins.)
Director: Shi Hou Fong
 
72.
Shaolin vs. Lama (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Skilled fighter Sung Li Ting is looking for a Kung Fu master who can beat him in battle and teach him new techniques... (88 mins.)
Director: Tso Nam Lee
 
73.
Bastard Swordsman (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Chin-Ku Lu
 
74.
Shao Lin yu Wu Dang (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two friends from rival schools are turned against one another by a jealous chief who wants to eliminate those whose fighting styles may rival his own. (87 mins.)
Director: Chia-Hui Liu
 
75.
Jioksibi gwanmun (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Dragon Lee has his leg amputated and forges a replacement leg out of steel. (88 mins.)
 
76.
Zhang men ren (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(86 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
77.
Project A (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Fighting against pirates in "old Hong Kong". Chinese costume drama with plenty of over-the-top tongue in cheek action and music. (105 mins.)
Director: Jackie Chan
 
78.
Shaolin Intruders (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Shaolin Temple becomes suspect when several clan leaders are robbed and killed by the deadly Shaolin Palm technique. (89 mins.)
Director: Chia Tang
 
79.
Duel of the Masters (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Ah-fei and Dragon, students under the brother kung-fu masters Shorty and Uncle, are sent to clear the ghosts out of a haunted house...
Director: Tong Wai-shing
 
80.
Drunken Tai Chi (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A spoiled young man - on the run from a ruthless killer - hooks up with a puppeteer and his wife who are masters of the art of tai chi; the only style that can defeat the killer. (91 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
 
81.
The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Yang family was the loyal strong-arm of the Imperial army. But a jealous General betrays the Eilte... (98 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
82.
Revenge of the Drunken Master (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Accidentally discovering the operations of the Blood Ninja gangsters, a mischievous young man masters... (81 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Ho
 
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84.
Wheels on Meals (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Cousins Thomas and David, owners of a mobile restaurant, team up with their friend Moby, a bumbling private detective... (108 mins.)
Director: Samo Hung
 
85.
Mafia vs. Ninja (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Sewage workers Jack and Charlie get involved in an international Asian gang war when Jack helps the... (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Tai
 
86.
Disciples of the 36th Chamber (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Gordon Liu Chia-hui reprises his famous Monk San Te role as he tries to support and protect Shaolin her Fang Shih-yu who purposely attacks corrupt Ching officials. Fights by legendary action director Liu Chia-liang are to die for. (90 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
87.
The Young Vagabond (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Some of the best kung-fu actors star in this rare, colorful, action-packed story of one of the legendary Ching Dynasty Kwangtung Tigers... (85 mins.)
Director: Sze Yu Lau
 
88.
Police Story (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A virtuous Hong Kong police officer must clear his good name when the drug lords he is after frame him for the murder of a dirty cop. (101 mins.)
 
89.
Martial Arts of Shaolin (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Jet Li weasels out of the north Shaolin temple to assassinate a despotic ruler at the ruler's extravagant public birthday celebration... (99 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
90.
Wu Tang vs. Ninja (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(88 mins.)
Director: Kuo-Ren Wu
 
91.
The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young martial artist is caught between respecting his pacifist father's wishes or stopping a group of disrespectful foreigners from stealing precious artifacts. (102 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
92.
Kong shou ru bai ren (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Chy Chi Chong (Man Yuen Men) is determined to become a Kung Fu Expert, yet each time he begins to train... (87 mins.)