Martial arts movies to make you kick the cat

great kung-fu flicks east and west.
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1.
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
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A man studies kung fu at the Shaolin Temple to fight back against the oppressive Manchu government. (115 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
2.
Afro Samurai: Resurrection (2009 TV Movie)
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When his father's body is stolen from its grave, Afro takes up his sword again to tear through an army of deadly foes led by a sadistic leader. (97 mins.)
Director: Fuminori Kizaki
 
3.
Akira (1988)
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A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop. (124 mins.)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
 
4.
Arahan (2004)
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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
 
5.
Armour of God (1986)
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Jackie Chan and his bumbling sidekick are sent on a quest through Europe to find a mysterious treasure held by a shadowy organization of monks. (88 mins.)
Director: Jackie Chan
 
6.
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
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An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown. (99 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
7.
Bloodsport (1988)
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Follows Frank Dux, an American martial artist serving in the military, who decides to leave the army to compete in a martial arts tournament in Hong Kong where fights to the death can occur. (92 mins.)
Director: Newt Arnold
 
8.
A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)
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Ning Tsai-Shen, a humble tax collector, arrives in a small town to carry out his work. Unsurprisingly... (98 mins.)
Director: Siu-Tung Ching
 
9.
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
 
10.
Dororo (2007)
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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
 
11.
Drunken Master (1978)
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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. (111 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
 
12.
The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)
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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
 
13.
Eastern Condors (1987)
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An action film about a daring commando raid into Vietnam to destroy a munitions dump left behind by American marines. (93 mins.)
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
Gui yao gui (1989)
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Impoverished teahouse worker (and martial-arts student) Abao is engaged to his boss' daughter, Little Chu... (87 mins.)
Director: Ricky Lau
 
16.
Erotic Ghost Story (1987)
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Three vixens have meditated for 1,000 years to able to shed their animal natures and become human. For the final month of their rigors... (90 mins.)
Director: Ngai Choi Lam
 
17.
Police Story 4: First Strike (1996)
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This installment of Chan's Police Story series has our hero trying to locate a missing nuclear warhead. (107 mins.)
Director: Stanley Tong
 
18.
Fist of Legend (1994)
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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. (103 mins.)
Director: Gordon Chan
 
19.
Fist of the North Star (1986)
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A practitioner of the deadly martial art "Hokuto Shinken" allies with two children and an expert in "Nanto Suicho-Ken" to fight against the rivals who kidnapped his lover and threaten the prosperity of mankind. (110 mins.)
Director: Toyoo Ashida
 
20.
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
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A discovery made by a kung fu obsessed American teen sends him on an adventure to China, where he joins up with a band of martial arts warriors in order to free the imprisoned Monkey King. (104 mins.)
Director: Rob Minkoff
 
21.
Ichi the Killer (2001)
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As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of. (129 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
22.
Iron Monkey (1993)
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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
 
23.
Goemon (2009)
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Based on a Japanese folk legend that echoes the tale of Robin Hood, this ninja thriller follows the exploits of Goemon Ishikawa (Yôsuke Eguchi)... (128 mins.)
Director: Kazuaki Kiriya
 
24.
Jigoku (1999)
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A frenzied cult classic by Teruo Ishii, the Japanese master of all thing taboo. 16 year old Rika wants... (102 mins.)
Director: Teruo Ishii
 
25.
Ip Man (2008)
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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
 
26.
Jipangu (1990)
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(119 mins.)
Director: Kaizô Hayashi
 
27.
The Karate Kid (1984)
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A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager. (126 mins.)
 
28.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
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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. (111 mins.)
 
29.
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
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The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle. (137 mins.)
 
30.
The Legend (1993)
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This Hong Kong martial-arts extravaganza tells of evil emperors and true love. The secret Red Lotus... (100 mins.)
Director: Corey Yuen
 
31.
Magnificent Butcher (1979)
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A plump butcher student of Wong Fei Hung, Lam Sai-Wing (Sammo) gets into trouble with a rival kung-fu... (108 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
 
32.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)
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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. (83 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
33.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)
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Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by the yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain. (89 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
34.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (1972)
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Ogami is hired to kill a tattooed female assassin. Gunbei Yagyu, an enemy samurai, happens upon Ogami's son, and sees his chance for revenge. (81 mins.)
Director: Buichi Saitô
 
35.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
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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. (95 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
36.
Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell (1974)
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In the sixth and final film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, the final conflict between Ogami Itto and the Yagyu clan is carried out. (83 mins.)
 
37.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (1973)
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Five warriors challenge Ogami to duels. Each holds a part of information needed to complete the assassination of a mad clan leader. (89 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
38.
Mr. Vampire (1985)
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The planned reburial of a village elder goes awry as the corpse resurrects into a hopping, bloodthirsty vampire, threatening mankind. Therefore, a Taoist Priest and his two disciples attempt to stop the terror. (96 mins.)
Director: Ricky Lau
 
39.
Ninja Scroll (1993)
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A vagabond swordsman is aided by a beautiful ninja girl and a crafty spy in confronting a demonic clan of killers - with a ghost from his past as their leader - who are bent on overthrowing the Tokugawa Shogunate. (94 mins.)
 
40.
On Guard (1997)
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The Comte de Gonzague schemes against his cousin, the Duc de Nevers, even though he is the Duke's heir and will inherit his estates... (128 mins.)
“ not martial arts I know, but great swordplay ” - Floating_Eyeball_Of_Khan
 
41.
Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
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Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial... (134 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
42.
Once Upon a Time in China II (1992)
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In the sequel to the Tsui Hark classic, Wong Fei-Hung faces The White Lotus society, a fanatical cult... (113 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
43.
Once Upon a Time in China III (1993)
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Master Wong and his disciples enroll in the 'Dancing Lion Competition' to stop an assassination plot and to battle an arrogant, deceitful opponent. (109 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
44.
Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)
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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
 
45.
Kujaku ô (1988)
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Two magically powerful monks who were separated at birth are reunited to fight the King of Hell. (86 mins.)
 
46.
New Police Story (2004)
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A hero cop accidentally leads his team into a trap from which he is the only survivor. Drowning his guilt in booze, he is eventually assigned a new younger partner who turns out to have his own secrets. (123 mins.)
Director: Benny Chan
 
47.
Police Story (1985)
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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.)
 
48.
Police Story 2 (1988)
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The Hong Kong super-cop must stop a group of blackmailing bombers at the same time that the villains of the first Police Story are out for revenge. (101 mins.)
Director: Jackie Chan
 
49.
Project A (1983)
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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
 
50.
Seven Samurai (1954)
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A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
51.
Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Star-crossed lovers must fight on opposing sides in a battle that will determine the next Shogun. (107 mins.)
Director: Ten Shimoyama
 
52.
Tokyo Gore Police (2008)
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In future Tokyo, a young woman in the privatized police force tracks down her father's killer while battling against mutant rebels known as engineers. (110 mins.)
 
53.
Vampire Hunter D (1985)
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A young girl requests the help of a vampire hunter to kill the vampire who has bitten her, and thus prevent her from becoming a vampire herself. (80 mins.)
Director: Toyoo Ashida
 
54.
Versus (2000)
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There are 666 portals that connect this world to the other side. These are concealed from all human beings. Somewhere in Japan exists the 444th portal.... The forest of resurrection. (119 mins.)
 
55.
Winners & Sinners (1983)
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Fresh from prison, five friends try to stay crime free but inadvertently find themselves caught in a Triad war. (108 mins.)
 
56.
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
 
57.
Zatoichi (2003)
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The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda. (116 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
58.
Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983)
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Chinese soldiers in an ancient civil war get caught up in a fantastical quest to save the universe. (95 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui