Everybody Loves Kung Fu Fighting.....

by sushant_v1 | created - 21 Mar 2011 | updated - 04 May 2015 | Public

List of some kickass kungfu flicks from the 70's and 80's. (I have intentionally avoided mentioning the more popular kung fu flicks starring Jackie Chan , Jet Li etc..)

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1. The One-Armed Swordsman (1967)

R | 111 min | Action, Drama

A noble swordsman, whose arm had been chopped off, returns to his former teacher to defend him from a villainous gang of rival swordsmen.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Chiao Chiao, Chung-Hsin Huang, Yin-Tze Pan

Votes: 2,585

2. Heroes of the East (1978)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy

A Chinese man (Liu) marries a Japanese woman through an arranged marriage and manages to insult all of her Japanese martial arts family by issuing a challenge to her that is misinterpreted ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Yuka Mizuno, Yasuaki Kurata, Naozo Kato

Votes: 1,827

Chinese Kung Fu vs Japanese martial arts , One of Gordon Liu's best.

3. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

R | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A man studies kung fu at the Shaolin Temple to fight back against the oppressive Manchu government.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu, Norman Chu

Votes: 13,138

4. The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984)

Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Drama

The Yang family was the loyal strong-arm of the Imperial army. But a jealous General betrays the Eilte Spearman and their father to the opposing Mongol army. After an ambush of a battle, ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Sheng Fu, Lily Li, Kara Wai

Votes: 2,289

5. A Touch of Zen (1971)

Not Rated | 200 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A lady fugitive on the run from corrupt government officials is joined in her endeavors by an unambitious painter and skilled Buddhist monks.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Feng Hsu, Chun Shih, Ying Bai, Billy Chan

Votes: 4,615

A true epic . Brilliant story , choreography and action. One of Time Magazine's 100 greatest movies of the Century also first of its kind to make a mark at Cannes Film Festival.

6. Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

R | 97 min | Action

The final student of a dying martial arts master is instructed to locate the previous five students and defeat any evil ones among them.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Sheng Chiang, Chien Sun, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Meng Lo

Votes: 5,582

7. Come Drink with Me (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Crime

A group of bandits kidnaps the governor's son and demands their imprisoned leader to be set free in exchange.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Hua Yueh, Chih-Ching Yang, Hung Lieh Chen

Votes: 3,311

8. Five Element Ninjas (1982)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama

A young martial artist seeks revenge on the Ninja who kills his martial arts brothers and teacher. He finds help in the form of a new teacher (who knows Ninjitsu) and new brothers. Together... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Tien-Chi Cheng, Tien Hsiang Lung, Meng Lo, Michael Wai-Man Chan

Votes: 1,839

9. Five Fingers of Death (1972)

R | 104 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Two martial arts schools prepare for an important tournament.

Director: Chang-hwa Jeong | Stars: Lieh Lo, Ping Wang, Hsiung Chao, Chin-Feng Wang

Votes: 2,575

Said to be the film that brought the kung fu craze to the West.Also the one that gave the signature tune for Kill Bill years later.

10. Duel to the Death (1983)

R | 86 min | Action, Drama

The best sword master from China vs the best sword master from Japan. Who will win?

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Norman Chu, Damian Lau, Flora Chong-Leen, Paul Chang Chung

Votes: 1,581

11. Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976)

R | 81 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

57 Metascore

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.

Director: Jimmy Wang Yu | Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Tien Wu Chu, Kang Chin, Chun-Erh Lung

Votes: 3,864

Sequel to the One Armed Boxer , but there is no significant continuity. This is also considered far more entertaining. Really wacky action.

12. Return to the 36th Chamber (1980)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy

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. Desperate to reclaim their full wages, the workers ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lung Wei Wang, Hou Hsiao, Lun Hua

Votes: 2,835

13. Disciples of the 36th Chamber (1985)

90 min | Action, Comedy

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.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Hou Hsiao, Chia-Hui Liu, Lily Li, Jason Piao Pai

Votes: 1,425

14. Crippled Avengers (1978)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama

Three men, crippled by an evil warlord, become friends and learn kung fu with the help of an old teacher and his idiot pupil.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Kuan-Tai Chan, Feng Lu, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Meng Lo

Votes: 1,999

15. The Deadly Duo (1971)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Drama

A prince of the Sung Dynasty has been taken prisoner by Ching invaders and is being held in an impenetrable fortress by elite men of the Ching. A group of fighters loyal to the Sung set out... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Lung Ti, Feng Ku, Lei Cheng

Votes: 390

16. Two Champions of Death (1980)

R | 101 min | Action, Drama

The Wu Tang chief sends out his men, each of whom is given a symbol so they can recognize each other. The largest is given to Lee, whom the others are to obey.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Meng Lo, Sheng Chiang, Li Wang, Feng Lu

Votes: 437

17. 7 Grandmasters (1977)

Unrated | 89 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

An aging martial arts expert is gifted a plaque from the Emperor declaring him the Kung Fu World Champion. Unsure of whether or not be is deserving of this title, he embarks on a journey to defeat the 7 Grandmasters.

Director: Joseph Kuo | Stars: Yi-Min Li, Jack Long, Kuan-Wu Lung, Nancy Yen

Votes: 692

18. Legend of a Fighter (1982)

Unrated | 89 min | Action, History

The story of "Fok Yun Gap" also know as "Hou Yuan Chia" one of China's greatest marital artists.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Yao Lin Chen, Yeh Fang, Fung Fung, Hark-On Fung

Votes: 485

19. Executioners from Shaolin (1977)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama

A couple unite - she is fluent in the crane style of kung fu, he in tiger style. They have a son, but the boy's father is killed by the evil eunuch Bai Mei. Disguised as a girl, his mom ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Lieh Lo, Yue Wong, Lily Li

Votes: 1,177

20. My Young Auntie (1981)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Comedy

Cheng Tai-Nan (Kara Hui) is an honest and faithful servant of a dying patriarch who wants nothing more than to protect his vast wealth from his selfish, conniving nephew, Yung-Sheng. ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Liang Liu, Kara Wai, Hou Hsiao, Lung Wei Wang

Votes: 586

In the list for the gorgeoussssss Kara Hui !!

21. Drunken Tai Chi (1984)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Comedy

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.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Donnie Yen, Cheung-Yan Yuen, Lydia Shum, Shun-Yee Yuen

Votes: 642

22. Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy

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.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Liang Liu, Hou Hsiao, Kara Wai, Lieh Lo

Votes: 812

23. Ninja in the Dragon's Den (1982)

95 min | Action, Comedy

Two rival warriors, a Japanese and a Chinese, are forced to work together after their master has been killed by a mighty enemy.

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Conan Lee, Jung-Lee Hwang, Kaname Tsushima

Votes: 1,556

24. The Prodigal Son (1981)

R | 100 min | Action, Comedy

A rich man's son (Yuen Biao) believes himself to be the best kung fu fighter in Canton. Unfortunately, his father, anxious for his son's safety, bribes all his opponents to lose. After a ... See full summary »

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Biao Yuen, Ching-Ying Lam, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Frankie Chan

Votes: 2,719

25. Fo zhang luo han quan (1980)

90 min | Action

Aspiring barber and experienced kung-fu fighter Shang learns that his childhood friend, Siu Ming, has been framed for murder by an unknown villain. When Shang begins looking into the crime,... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Shun-Yee Yuen, Siu Ming Tsui, Lung Chan, Hsi Chang

Votes: 327

26. A Chinese Odyssey: Part One - Pandora's Box (1995)

87 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Fantasy adventure about the arrival of Buddhism in China. When the Goddess of Happiness tosses the Longevity Monk and his disciples out of heaven (because the Monkey King tried to attain ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Lau | Stars: Stephen Chow, Man-Tat Ng, Kar-Ying Law, Kit Ying Lam

Votes: 5,465

27. A Chinese Odyssey: Part Two - Cinderella (1995)

95 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The convoluted continuation of the adventures of the time-traveling, now-human Monkey King, who attempts to fulfill his divine destiny.

Director: Jeffrey Lau | Stars: Stephen Chow, Man-Tat Ng, Athena Chu, Ada Choi

Votes: 5,618

28. Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983)

Unrated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Chinese soldiers in an ancient civil war get caught up in a fantastical quest to save the universe.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Biao Yuen, Hoi Mang, Adam Cheng, Brigitte Lin

Votes: 2,158

29. Pedicab Driver (1989)

95 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

Lo Tung and his friend Malted Candy, pedicab drivers working the streets of Macao, have both fallen in love. The problem is that both their objects of affection - one a baker, the other a ... See full summary »

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Siu Chung Mok, Hoi Mang, Lung Chan

Votes: 727

30. Return of the One-Armed Swordsman (1969)

R | 101 min | Action, Adventure

After defeating The Long-Armed Devil and his armies, our nubbed hero has been living in retirement as a farmer, but circumstances causes him to come out of retirement and take on The Eight ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Chiao Chiao, Chia Essie Lin, Feng Tien

Votes: 1,025

31. The Magic Blade (1976)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Drama

Don't miss this one it is excellent. Chinese sword masters pair up to fight off yet another villain for the deadly PeacockDart. The ending is eye popping don't miss this one. Shaw Brothers come thru yet again

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Lung Ti, Lieh Lo, Li Ching, Ni Tien

Votes: 623

32. Shao Lin yu Wu Dang (1983)

Unrated | 87 min | Action

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.

Director: Chia-Hui Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Adam Cheng, Li Ching, Idy Chan

Votes: 720

33. Dragon Inn (1967)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Adventure

97 Metascore

When the children of an executed General are pursued in 1457 China, some heroic martial arts swordsmen intervene.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Polly Ling-Feng Shang-Kuan, Chun Shih, Ying Bai, Feng Hsu

Votes: 1,869

34. Cai li fa xiao zi (1976)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Drama

International favorite Alexander Fu Sheng cemented his stardom in this, the fourth film in his esteemed director's "Shaolin" series. Fu gives both a great dramatic and kung-fu performance ... See full summary »

Directors: Cheh Chang, Wu Ma | Stars: Sheng Fu, Jenny Tseng, Hsia Hui Wu, Lung Wei Wang

Votes: 144

35. Warriors Two (1978)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama

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.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Ka-Yan Leung, Casanova Wong, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Chia Yung Liu

Votes: 1,037

36. Knockabout (1979)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

The brothers and small time crooks Yipao and Taipao convince a martial arts expert to take them on as students.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Ka-Yan Leung, Chia Yung Liu, Biao Yuen, Kuang Yu Wang

Votes: 1,064

37. The Bride with White Hair (1993)

92 min | Action, Fantasy, Romance

Cho Yat-Hang, the unwilling successor to the Wu-Tang clan throne and the unsure commander of the clan's forces in a war against an evil cult, falls in forbidden love with Lien Ni-Chang, a killer for the evil cult.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Brigitte Lin, Leslie Cheung, Francis Ng, Elaine Lui

Votes: 3,008

Unlike the other regular kung fu movies on the list , this has a strong love story very integral to the plot....

38. Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Drama

A son tries to avenge his father, and gets two sword fighters to help him.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Pai Wei, Damian Lau, Kong Lau, Chiu-Hua Wei

Votes: 1,218

39. Legendary Weapons of China (1982)

R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Liang Liu, Chia Yung Liu, Kara Wai, Hou Hsiao

Votes: 1,096



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