One, Two, Kung Fu

My martial arts movie obsession list :)
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Dororo (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A female warrior who was raised as a man joins a young samurai's quest to recover 48 of his body parts from 48 demons and to avenge her parents death. (139 mins.)
Director: Akihiko Shiota
“ Bizarro movie about a samurai who's father sacrificed 48 of his body parts to 48 demons for world domination! It's a story of how he reclaims his body and takes revenge on his father. Sci-fi samurai ! ” - onverrabien
Shaolin (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After ambushing and killing his rival, losing everything in the process, dispirited warlord Hou Jie turns to a Shaolin monastery seeking salvation. (131 mins.)
Director: Benny Chan
“ Beautiful movie about coming to peace with oneself. And, great action - Shaolin style of course ” - onverrabien
Iron Monkey (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (90 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
“ Classic Kung-Fu, thank you Tarantino! The great Donnie Yen stars opposite :) Period piece. Good action and a good story. ” - onverrabien
True Legend (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Su Qi-Er retired from his life as a renowned Qing dynasty general in order to pursue his dream of a family and his own martial arts school... (115 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
“ It's a love story, really. Fantastic characters, good fighting, and even tears. ” - onverrabien
Bodyguards and Assassins (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1905, revolutionist Sun Yat-Sen visits Hong Kong to discuss plans with Tongmenghui members to overthrow the Qing dynasty. But when they find out that assassins have been sent to kill him, they assemble a group of protectors to prevent any attacks. (139 mins.)
Director: Teddy Chan
“ Great movie based on a Chinese history - the Chinese cultural revolution that began, I think, around the start of the 1900's. Very interesting. Dr. Sun!! There is no bad guy, there is no good guy. The way things went, the good guys became bad guys; bad guys became good guys. Good action throughout but the fighting was secondary to the cause! A nicely told account of a historical event that I knew very little about. Worth watching. ” - onverrabien
Ip Man (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (106 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
“ Based on a true story of a truly remarkable man - Ip Man! What a gentle soul - inside a fighting machine! Donnie Yen strikes again! ” - onverrabien
Ip Man 2 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Centering on Ip Man's migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts. (108 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
“ Which do I like better, Ip Man I or Ip Man II .... obviously, this is the second part of Ip Man's life and it's just as action-packed as the first! The story is a good one, but I'm in it for the fight scenes - they do not disappoint. ” - onverrabien
The Warrior's Way (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A warrior-assassin is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands after refusing a mission. (100 mins.)
Director: Sngmoo Lee
“ Stylized samurai meets western movie. Beautifully done! A Samurai leaves Japan after committing the ultimate betrayal of his clan - he could not kill the last of their enemy. Assassins follow! He ends up in a western town, perfectly happy, until .... ” - onverrabien
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf. (99 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chow
“ Brilliant! ” - onverrabien
Bunraku (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The story of a a young man who has spent his life searching for revenge only to find himself up against a bigger challenge than he originally bargained for. (124 mins.)
Director: Guy Moshe
“ Strange movie. Equally strange cast. Stylized gunfighter-samurai-gangster movie. ” - onverrabien
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (108 mins.)
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
“ Starring the amazing Tony Jaa - this man is incredible. So athletic. Skillz. Mad, mad skillz. His cousin in the film reminds me of someone I know, I'm sure it will remind you of someone you know. The girl side kick has an incredibly annoying voice. I hate her :) The fight scenes are amazing. Tony Jaa is amazing. A lot of fighting. His Muay Thai style is super fast, super strong. And he has soul xx Funny part: The car chase scene, they're driving around in these little Thai taxis! Unless you're from Thailand, been to Thailand, I don't know, it's just kinda funny to watch these little three-wheeler rikshaws scream around town. ” - onverrabien
Butterfly and Sword (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Dynamo Michelle Yeoh stars as a loyalist who attempts to keep the King's empire from being overthrown by a revolutionary group. (88 mins.)
Director: Michael Mak
“ Michelle Yeoh and Jet Li star. This is classic Kung Fu movie to me. Love triange - secret alliances - magik. I was not in love with this movie. It felt loooong. The fighting is good. Some bloody even. I've never seen Michelle Yeoh so hard and cruel! Skip to the credits - they run through ALL the fight scenes :) ” - onverrabien
Arahan (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
As a dorky cop falls in with five Tao masters who admire his c'hi, an ancient foe comes looking for them all. (114 mins.)
Director: Seung-wan Ryoo
“ Asian sensibilities this movie. Fun story. During an altercation, in full passion mode, he unlocks his chi and his chi is the key. He has the potential to be a master! A warrior from the centuries-ago past returns to destroy the world and it's up to the seven masters to stop him. The fighting is good and it wasn't as predictable as I thought it would be. ” - onverrabien
Tiger Cage (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A team of cops get brutally exposed to violence after raiding a drug operation and discovering a link between few members of the police force and an American crime syndicate dealing with drug trafficking. (92 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
“ Don't let the synopsis fool you. This was a terrible movie! I kept thinking, it has got to get better, it has to. But it never did. Even the Donnie Yen fight scenes couldn't get me to give this movie a decent rating. Horrible. Maybe its '88ness was too much for me. The extreme gun violence was unncessary. The acid washed, the hair, the acting. And they made a Tiger Cage 2?? ugh. Why? ” - onverrabien
Dragon Tiger Gate (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Three young martial arts masters emerge from the back streets of Hong Kong to help the powerless fight injustice. (94 mins.)
Director: Yip Wai Shun
“ I gave 'modern' Kung Fu movie another shot. I was wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Another awful '88 - no, this was 2006! You would barely notice the nearly 20-year time span. If anything, I would watch this as a comedy. ” - onverrabien
Merantau (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In Minangkabau, West Sumatera, Yuda a skilled practitioner of Silat Harimau is in the final preparations... (134 mins.)
Director: Gareth Evans
“ Iko Uwais and Tony Jaa must be one and the same. I don't care what the credit reads, these two are one. With that said, the fighting is fast and furious and this man makes it look so good! Easy story: good guy from the village goes to the city and ..sound familiar? Trouble finds him. There are little surprises in the plot but just watching this guy do his thing is entertaining enough.
Okay, so they are NOT the same person. But they could be twins separated at birth is how alike they are. ” - onverrabien
The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
On the hunt for a fabled treasure of gold, a band of warriors, assassins, and a rogue British soldier descend upon a village in feudal China, where a humble blacksmith looks to defend himself and his fellow villagers. (95 mins.)
Director: RZA
“ Meh. This movie was meh. I didn't not like it, but I didn't really like it either. Bottom line, I didn't care. I didn't care about any of the characters. The story had such potential and it just never got there. It was lacking. Unneccessary sex and violence too. I completely saw Rza's love for Kung Fu movies - all the elements were there, but it was shallow. So meh. ” - onverrabien
13 Assassins (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. (141 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ My god this movie is a blood bath! The story has depth, sure, but it was hard to watch there was so.much.blood. So much. And it was samurai blood so you know it's swords and body slicing in every direction. Dirt roads are soaked in blood. Soaked muddy blood. Bloody, bloody movie. ” - onverrabien
The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A master monk tries to protect a naive young physician from a thousand-year-old snake demon. A contest of psychic powers results in mayhem. (100 mins.)
Director: Tony Ching
“ Jet Li returns as a demon hunting Buddhist monk! I think 90% of this movie was CGI. Cool effects. Of course there's a love story! Familiar story of immortals messing with humans and the trouble they cause. And redemption, Buddhist redemption. Good action as well. ” - onverrabien
Dragon (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A papermaker gets involved with a murder case concerning two criminals leading to a determined detective suspecting him and the former's vicious father searching for him (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Chan
“ Hell yeah! The Yen is back! Okay, we've been through this story before - stranger comes to town, stranger saves the day, and stranger is found out for who he really is. BUT it gets better. It gets gnarly. Dramatic feud - fighting - love. The crucial scene ... I get chills just thinking of it. ” - onverrabien
Wu Dang (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
In early Republican China, rumors were going around about the treasure in Wudang Mountain. An American conspirator took his well-trained kung fu daughter to Wudang by sponsoring a Taoist martial arts competition, to steal the treasure. (100 mins.)
Director: Patrick Leung
“ Not a bad movie .. a martial arts tournament takes place on the sacred Wu Dang mountain - that's one story line. Treasure hunters battle Kung Fu masters for sacred objects - that's another story line. Lowly farmer is chosen to represent Wu Dang, meets girl - another story line. Love and death and fighting. If they had focused on the farmer and the tournament, it would have been a much better film. The fight scenes are good though and I did like how they incorporated the practice of sleeping Kung Fu. ” - onverrabien
Tai Chi Zero (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Yang travels to Chen Village to learn a powerful form of Tai Chi. Though villagers are forbidden from teaching outsiders, Yang becomes their best hope for survival when a man arrives with a plan to build a railroad through the village. (98 mins.)
Director: Stephen Fung
“ pertty good .. didn't realize this is a trilogy.. interesting story and good Kung Fu! ” - onverrabien
The Samurai of Ayothaya (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Based on a true historic figure during Ayothaya Era, the film depicts the life of Yamada Nagamasa, a... (100 mins.)
Director: Nopporn Watin
“ Actually, not bad! Pleasantly surprised. The fighting is good - he's a samurai come to Thailand so you've got bloody sword action AND furious Muay Thai. Based on a true historical character as well! ” - onverrabien
The Master (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
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
“ Like most Kung Fu transition American movies, this was mostly comedy part martial arts :) Asian humor can sometimes be lost in translation and I watched the dubbed version which added to the hilarity. This was in '92 and there's quite a bit of racial stereotyping/slurs throughout the movie. It's an interesting look at how the Chinese view culture in America. That aside, the fighting is good. Jet Li and his rival psycho killer are bad-ass fighters! Not usually a fan of "modern-day" Kung Fu movies, but this one isn't too bad. There are moments where you have to excuse the ridiculousness of what's going on but that's almost what makes it fun to watch, well, that and Jet Li. ” - onverrabien
Bangkok Revenge (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
After witnessing the brutal murder of his parents, a young boy is raised by a martial arts master who grooms him to be a lethal killer. Some 20 years later, it's time to take revenge on the assassins who destroyed his childhood. (82 mins.)
“ Wow. What a terrible movie. Many a bad actor in this one. Jon Woo stars (the guy from Tekken) and he's awful. His martial arts skills are good but not impressive. The Thai actors weren't the best either but I don't necessarily expect great acting - I do, however, think that if there is communication going on between two or more Thai peoples then they should be speaking Thai and not English. It was weird which scenes they chose to do in English vs. Thai.
Had they stuck with one story line, I could excuse the bad acting and mediocre Kung Fu, but there were too many tangents and it didn't make much sense. ” - onverrabien
The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Yip Man's resistance against invading foreigners, along with his romantic relations while under the tutelage of three Wing Chun masters. (100 mins.)
Director: Herman Yau
“ Takes you through the beginnings of Ip Man. GREAT movie! No, it's not Donnie Yen, but there are familiar faces and the fighting is excellent! Getting to know Ip Man and his philosophy - can't go wrong. ” - onverrabien
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible... (106 mins.)
Director: Andrew Lau
“ Donnie Yen!! Action packed and super fast fighting. ” - onverrabien
King of Beggars (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The spoilt son of a millionaire finds the love of his life, but she will only accept him if he proves himself as a kung-fu master... (101 mins.)
Director: Ka-seung Chan
“ Steven Chow! It's kind of goofy, sure, but its entertaining. ” - onverrabien
The Grandmaster (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee. (130 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ I'm sure I've watched all movies Ip Man related. This particular version of his life is all-encompassing, beginning to end. It was done really well. Zhang Ziyi is beautiful. I like how her story intermixes with his. The fighting scenes are gorgeous. ” - onverrabien
Wing Chun (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Wing Chun, a woman living in a remote village often pillaged by robbers. When Wing Chun finally loses her cool and defeats them... (96 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
“ Michelle Yeoh! This movie is pro-fem all the way! Michelle is fantastic. As usual, she kicks ass and looks good doing it. It's a sort of three-way love story, the usual campy-Asian humor - one of the ladies reminds me of someone I know, probably someone every Asian knows :) It has some lame moments, but all in all, the story is good and entertaining. Thankfully, it's not set in modern times and it's not everyday that a woman's skills are put to show so well. ” - onverrabien
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
47 Ronin (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun. (128 mins.)
Director: Carl Rinsch
Drunken Master (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (111 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
“ If this is what Jackie Chan is famous for, I agree!! Incredible stuff this guy can do! He's comedy - both in Asia and in America - something I'm not a huge fan of, but this movie is great! Jackie Chan, I am now a believer! ” - onverrabien
14 Blades (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A kung fu thriller set during the Ming Dynasty and centered on a secret service agent (Donnie Yen) in the emperor's court who is betrayed and then hunted by his colleagues. (114 mins.)
Director: Daniel Lee
Special ID (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A cop goes undercover in a ruthless underworld organization to stop a gang leader, only to put himself in great danger after being exposed by his former protégé and best friend. (99 mins.)
Iceman (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
An imperial guard and his three traitorous childhood friends ordered to hunt him down get accidentally buried and kept frozen in time. 400 years later passes and they are defrosted continuing the battle they left behind. (104 mins.)
Director: Wing-Cheong Law
“ This is part of my Donnie Yen movie list and it's terrible! Ugh. Sure, there are a few good fight scenes - it's Donnie Yen! But the story, the acting! It's all so terrible. ” - onverrabien
Once Upon a Time in Shanghai (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A laborer moves to Shanghai in the hope of becoming rich. But ends up using his kung fu skills to survive. (96 mins.)
Director: Ching-Po Wong
“ Loved it! Great Kung Fu. I'm a bit turned off by the eating scenes - they just shovel food in their already stuffed mouths. It's weird and I'm assuming it's cultural. Aside from that, good story line, decent acting, and the Kung Fu is fantastic. Action from the get-go. It's kind of a love story, but not between who you think! :) The death scenes are a bit dramatic with the music and the slowness, but all-in-all, enjoyable movie to watch. ” - onverrabien