Kung Fu Movies to Watch

A list of kung fu movies that I enjoyed thoroughly.
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1.
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
“ At the age of 40, Chan provides some of the most intricate choreography highlighting his skills accomplished through his illustrious career. Amazing fight scenes and set pieces truly in a world of their own ” - deathrow_recordseva
 
2.
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
“ Semi-biographical accounts of Grandmaster Yip Man, who goes against the odds to protect his loved ones when his country is oppressed by Japanese occupation. Donnie Yen shines as the titular character giving his career-defining performance, with lightning fast Wing Chun choreographed by the legendary Sammo Hung. ” - deathrow_recordseva
 
3.
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
“ The first ever kung fu movie I saw, and still has a profound effect on me - Bruce Lee dominates the screen highlighting his fighting ability and charisma that very few leading men can surpass. ” - deathrow_recordseva
 
4.
The Prodigal Son (1981)
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A rich man's son (Yuen Biao) believes himself to be the best kung fu fighter in Canton. Unfortunately... (104 mins.)
“ A hilarious kung fu comedy featuring an all-star cast (Yuen Biao, Sammo Hung, Lam Ching-Ying and Frankie Chan), with fluid and hard-hitting fight scenes, intense training sequences and a lot of humour to go with it ” - deathrow_recordseva
 
5.
Magnificent Butcher (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ Yuen Woo-Ping directs Sammo Hung as Butcher Wing; Wong Fei-Hung's most popular disciple as he is framed for murder and on the verge of causing bad blood with a rival kung fu school. Each fight sequence is done to perfection, especially the long-take inducing duel between Yuen Biao and Lam Ching Yin ” - deathrow_recordseva
 
6.
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
“ Yuen Woo-Ping's wire-fu fantasy adds another angle to the Wong Fei-Hung saga with Donnie Yen as Wong Kei-Ying, and Yu Rong-Guan as the title character as they go head to head against a corrupt Manchu official ” - deathrow_recordseva
 
7.
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
“ Hard-hitting, violent and intense. Gordon Liu serves the action in Lau Kar-Leung's epic as a soldier-turned-monk who vows for vengeance after his family is betrayed on the battlefield. Awesome choreography with blood-soaked magnificence. ” - deathrow_recordseva
 
8.
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
“ Jackie Chan shines in the movie which solidified his place as the new star of kung fu cinema with this classic gem of the genre, with Hwang Jang-Lee as his fearsome opponent. Crazy fights with even crazier training sequences ” - deathrow_recordseva
 
9.
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.)
“ Another Wing Chun epic from Sammo Hung, fast paced brutal fights some light comedy and a plethora of kung fu stars ” - deathrow_recordseva
 
10.
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
“ Jet Li takes Bruce Lee's mantle as Chen Zhen in the remake of the 1972 classic Fist of Fury. Chen Zhen must face powerful opponents one after another in an array of amazing fight sequences as he swears revenge for his masters' death. ” - deathrow_recordseva
 
11.
Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
“ A surprise box-office hit before Drunken Master, Jackie Chan's breakthrough role sees him as a down-and-out-of-his luck servant, who is taught the deadly snake fist style, and must defend his teacher from a rival kung fu expert. Some amazing fights and training sequences captured with accuracy. ” - deathrow_recordseva
 
12.
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
“ Chang Cheh's mystery thriller sees the renknowned Venom Mob (Kuo Chi, Lo Meng, Lu Feng, Chiang Sheng and Wei Pai) go head-to-head in a series of action packed fight sequences and to recover a stolen fortune from the fearsome Poison Clan, which they all belonged to. ” - deathrow_recordseva
 
13.
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
“ Jet Li's rise to stardom was back on track with Tsui Hark's groundbreaking re-telling of the Wong Fei-Hung legend. Master Wong is tasked with defending the Chinese from foreign armies and also the future of his school as he sees his country suffer in turmoil ” - deathrow_recordseva
 
14.
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
“ Gordon Liu stars as San Te - a young rebel on the run who becomes a monk and must pass each gruelling training regime of the Shaolin Temple chambers of kung fu. ” - deathrow_recordseva
 
15.
Guangdong shi hu xing yi wu xi (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The movie involves two stories concerning the original Ten Tigers and their future disciples. (91 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
“ The Venom Mob team up with Shaw Brothers Studios' popular leading stars Ti Lung and Fu Sheng as they go head to head with corrupt Manchu officials, with amazing fight sequences highlighting the ability of its' star-studded cast. ” - deathrow_recordseva