15 Of The Finest Martial Art Films To Grace The 'Magic Lantern'

Not "Enter The Dragon" or any modern Jackie Chan/Jet Li films etc...
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1.
Duel to Death (1983)
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The best sword master from China vs the best sword master from Japan. Who will win? (86 mins.)
Director: Siu-Tung Ching
“ Perfection!(and includes a belligerent Cockatiel name "Dragon") ” - shawhore
 
2.
Odd Couple (1979)
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The titular 'Odd Couple' are Sammo (King of Sabres) and Lau Kar Wing (King of Spears). They compete... (97 mins.)
Director: Kar-Wing Lau
“ Great scenery; stylishly choreographed; understated script and outstanding perfomances from Hung Kam Po and and Lau Kar Wing in imperious form...everything a Hollywood film ain't! ” - shawhore
 
3.
Spooky Encounters (1980)
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Villager Bold Cheung (Sammo Hung Kam-Bo), known for his willingness to do anything courageous, bold or daring... (102 mins.)
“ Bombastic! ” - shawhore
 
4.
Warriors Two (1978)
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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. (95 mins.)
“ Very nearly a classic - still breathtaking though! ” - shawhore
 
5.
Tai fong siu sau (1982)
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(102 mins.)
“ Not short on wit and a pretty impressive turn out by Frankie Chan. ” - shawhore
 
6.
The Victim (1980)
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Chung Yao, a martial arts expert, has long been on the run from his stepbrother, who he caught trying to rape his wife on their wedding night... (89 mins.)
“ Smashing! ” - shawhore
 
7.
Ren xia ren (1982)
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Wah Li, known as Fat Boy to his friends, lives with his great-uncle the priest (Uncle). Together with his oddball friends Lai Li and Momo... (97 mins.)
Director: Wu Ma
“ Similar to "Spooky Encounters"(No.2) - A slightly more measured offering from Master Kam Bo, but still a spiffing good watch nonetheless! ” - shawhore
 
8.
The Incredible Kung Fu Master (1979)
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In a small town somewhere in 19th-century China, two brothers, each using their own particular style of martial arts... (89 mins.)
“ Lovely. ” - shawhore
 
9.
By Hook or by Crook (1976)
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(94 mins.)
“ Nice little Samo Hung film, yet again. ” - shawhore
 
10.
The Young Master (1980)
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After failing his fellow students in a Lion Dance competition, Dragon (Jackie Chan) is sent away from his school in disgrace... (101 mins.)
Director: Jackie Chan
“ Jackie Chan's best film. Done! ” - shawhore
 
11.
Yi chu ji fa (1991)
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A clumsy, easy-going but tough restaurant chef witnesses a murder of a cop. This leads him to a world of trouble, as the killer seeks to silence him. Luckily, the vengeful partner of the dead cop is there to help him. (97 mins.)
Director: Ringo Lam
“ Early-Nineties fare(slight darker undertones) with breezy action sequences and the subtext being dealt with nonchalantly...Excellent! ” - shawhore
 
12.
The Master (1992)
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Uncle Tak, the old martial-arts master and medicine in normal life has severe problems with his former student Jonny... (92 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
“ Only Jet Li film included in this formidable list, helped spendidly by the craft of Yuen Wah. ” - shawhore
 
13.
Mao tou ying yu xiao fei xiang (1984)
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(99 mins.)
“ Owl Vs Bumbo. Everything you'd expect from a Mid-Eighties Samo Hung film. ” - shawhore
 
14.
Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)
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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... (98 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
“ When Jackie Chan produced films worth watching, without pandering to or adjusting his style to suit a Western audience - "Drunken Master"; "Young Master" et al. ” - shawhore
 
15.
Lao hu tian ji (1978)
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Multi-Hand Chick asks Crazy Frog for protection after stealing someone's wallet at the casino. Foolishly he accepts... (97 mins.)
Director: Karl Maka
“ Kar Wing and Kam Bo a year before "Odd Couple" - you can tell.
Still, a stonking good flick. ” - shawhore