Gregor's Top 100 Eastern: Wuxia

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1. Ying xiong (2002)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, History

85 Metascore

A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Jet Li, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 160,438 | Gross: $53.71M

2. House of Flying Daggers (2004)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

89 Metascore

A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Dandan Song

Votes: 98,900 | Gross: $11.05M

3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

93 Metascore

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 232,298 | Gross: $128.08M

4. Da zui xia (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: 2,985

Come Drink With Me

5. Du bei dao (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: Yu Wang, Chiao Chiao, Chung-Hsin Huang, Yin-Tze Pan

Votes: 2,218

The One Armed Swordsman (1967) Return Of The One Armed Swordsman (1969) share this position!

6. Duel to 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 Cheung, Paul Chang

Votes: 1,506

7. Tian can bian (1983)

89 min | Action, Mystery

Hsu Shao-chiang stars as a veritable "Spider-Swordsman" - master of the "Silkworm Style" - in this eye-filling, mind-bending martial arts phantasmagorical which truly warrants the description: "unforgettable."

Director: Chin-Ku Lu | Stars: Norman Chu, Tony Liu, Jung Wang, Leanne Lau

Votes: 240

Bastard Swordsman 1&2 Share this position!

8. Sun lung moon hak chan (1992)

88 min | Action

This big hit at the Sundance Film Festival had audiences cheering. Set during the Ming Dynasty, this acclaimed production tells the story of a power hungry eunuch who employs an evil sect ... See full summary »

Directors: Raymond Lee, Siu-Tung Ching, Hark Tsui | Stars: Tony Ka Fai Leung, Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung, Donnie Yen

Votes: 3,150

9. The Lady Hermit (1971)

105 min | Action, Drama

A young Kung Fu student (Shih Szu) seeks a reclusive teacher so that she may learn to defeat the evil Black Demon. She doesn't realize that the servant woman she befriends (Cheng Pei-Pei) ... See full summary »

Director: Meng Hua Ho | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Lieh Lo, Szu Shih, Hsieh Wang

Votes: 235

10. Leng xue shi san ying (1978)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Chi Ming-sing is a former disciple of a gang run by overlord Yoh Xi-hung. Yoh's disciples hunt Chi relentlessly as he travels on a soul-searching journey. He comes to the aid of a seemingly... See full summary »

Director: Chung Sun | Stars: Sheng Fu, Lung Ti, Feng Ku, Lung Chan

Votes: 665

The Avenging Eagle

11. Ai nu (1972)

86 min | Action, Drama

The Four Seasons Brothel is run by a ruthless madam, Lady Chun Yi. Countless young girls have been kidnapped or bought and then sold into a life of servitude, prostitution, and torture at ... See full summary »

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Lily Ho, Hua Yueh, Betty Pei Ti, Lin Tung

Votes: 544

12. Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia (2006)

R | 114 min | Action, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Li Gong, Jay Chou, Ye Liu

Votes: 38,875 | Gross: $6.57M

13. Dragon Inn (1967)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Adventure

97 Metascore

The Eunuch of the Emperor has ordered the commander of his army condemned to death for betrayal and insurrection. The commander's family was was murdered to cut off his bloodline, but his ... See full summary »

Director: King Hu | Stars: Lingfeng Shangguan, Chun Shih, Ying Bai, Feng Hsu

Votes: 1,374

Dragon Gate Inn

14. Sien nui yau wan (1987)

Unrated | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

After a string of bad luck, a debt collector has no other choice than to spend the night in a haunted temple.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma, Wai Lam

Votes: 7,562

A Chinese Ghost Story 1-3 share this position!

15. The Bride with White Hair (1993)

92 min | Fantasy, Adventure, Romance

The sensitive swordsman Cho Yi-Hang is tired of his life. He is the unwilling successor to the Wu-Tang clan throne and the unsure commander of the clan's forces in a war against foreign ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 2,803

16. 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: 4,063

17. The Sword of Swords (1968)

106 min | Action, Drama

Jimmy Wang Yu had just exploded into superstardom as The One-armed Swordsman when he teamed with legendary choreographers Lau Kar-leung and Tang Chia for this exciting tale of master ... See full summary »

Director: Kang Cheng | Stars: Yu Wang, Pei-Pei Shu, Chung-Hsin Huang, Feng Tien

Votes: 128

18. Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979)

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: 1,018

19. Duo qing jian ke wu qing jian (1977)

96 min | Action, Drama

The Sentimental Swordsman epitomizes the lone, virtuous, heroic swordsman with a twist. The Oedipus complexed swordsman played by the popular Ti Lung, is a hero with weaknesses; he drinks, ... See full summary »

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Lung Ti, Li Ching, Tung-Shing Yee, On-On Yu

Votes: 243

The Sentimental Swordsman 1-3 share this position!

20. The Blade (1995)

105 min | Drama, Action

After the master of the Sharp Manufacturer saber factory abdicates and appoints On, his least popular worker, as his successor, On, unwilling to lead his surly colleagues, embarks on a ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Wenzhuo Zhao, Xin Xin Xiong, Sonny Su, Valerie Chow

Votes: 2,604

The Blade

21. Liu xing hu die jian (1976)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Drama

Two clans compete for dominance over the martial arts world in this classic of violent swordplay and political intrigue. A complex tale of deception and double crosses. Killer Clans leaves ... See full summary »

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Fei Ai, Kwok Kuen Chan, Shen Chan, Ping Chen

Votes: 438

Killer Clans

22. Tien ya ming yue dao (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: 579

23. Ru lai shen zhang (1982)

93 min | Action, Fantasy

The Buddha's Palm, a technique by which an ordinary hand is transformed into a formidable force. Ku, a blind recluse living in a cave, knows its secret, which proves to be as much a blessing as a curse as it attracts all manner of mayhem.

Director: Taylor Wong | Stars: Tung-Shing Yee, On-On Yu, Kara Wai, Alex Man

Votes: 239

Buddhas Palm

24. Ssang-hwa-jeom (2008)

133 min | Drama, History, Romance

A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard.

Director: Ha Yoo | Stars: In-sung Jo, Jin-mo Ju, Ji-Hyo Song, Yong-gu Do

Votes: 2,975

25. The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

57 Metascore

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.

Director: Rob Minkoff | Stars: Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Angarano, Juana Collignon

Votes: 93,934 | Gross: $52.08M

26. Golden Swallow (1968)

89 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

The indomitable martial arts team of director Chang Cheh and stunt choreographer Liu Chia-liang continues the compelling saga of Golden Swallow from King Hu's Come Drink with Me in this ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Yu Wang, Lieh Lo, Hsin Yen Chao

Votes: 485

Golden Swallow

27. Sha jue (1978)

85 min | Action, Drama

Famed actor Ti Lung plays a lone swordsman trying to defeat the "Number One Swordsman" as part of his vengeance package in life in Soul Of The Sword. He quickly learns however, that sometimes wanting is better than having.

Director: Shan Hua | Stars: Lung Ti, Chen Chi Lin, Feng Ku, Hui-Ling Liu

Votes: 194

28. Zhan shen chuan shuo (1992)

83 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

A simple fisherman helps a fugitive King in a fight, and offers him refuge in a hideout near his fishing village. When the King's group is attacked by his usurper brother, the fisherman is ... See full summary »

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Andy Lau, Kenny Bee, Anita Mui, Maggie Cheung

Votes: 783

Moon Warriors

29. Red Cliff (2008)

R | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

73 Metascore

The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.).

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 39,975 | Gross: $0.63M

Red Cliff 1&2 share this position!

30. Chu Liu Xiang (1977)

102 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Add a Plot

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Lung Ti, Fei Ai, Kwok Kuen Chan, Shen Chan

Votes: 249

Clans Of Intrigue

31. Xiao shi yi lang (1978)

89 min | Action, Mystery

Master kung-fu choreographer Tang Chia leads the king and queen of Shaw Brothers' swordplay, Ti Lung and Lily Li, to the amazing "Deer Sword" and escape from the insidious maze-like "Toy Land"

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Lung Ti, Li Ching, Tony Liu, Lily Li

Votes: 100

Swordsman and Enchantress

32. The 14 Amazons (1972)

R | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, History

The cast of The 14 Amazons is a veritable "who's who" of the golden age of Shaw Brothers swordplay adventures, and was not only a major box office hit (ranking 4th for 1972), but also a top... See full summary »

Directors: Kang Cheng, Shao-Yung Tung | Stars: Hua Tsung, Mei Sheng Fan, Chung-Hsin Huang, Feng Tien

Votes: 325

Judgement of an Assassin

Dragon Swamp

35. The Flying Dagger (1969)

103 min | Action, Drama

A wandering swordsman protects a family from the wrath of a clan chief.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Lieh Lo, Lei Cheng, Chih-Ching Yang

Votes: 108

The Flying Dagger

36. Ren pi deng long (1982)

95 min | Horror, Action

A psychotic craftsman pits two rival Kung-Fu masters against each other while designing special lanterns from a disturbing source.

Director: Chung Sun | Stars: Tony Liu, Kuan Tai Chen, Lieh Lo, Ni Tien

Votes: 467

37. Swordsman II (1992)

R | 112 min | Action, Fantasy

With an entirely new set of actors, this movie continues the story from Swordsman (1990). Blademaster and his martial arts school decide to retire to a distant mountain. Before leaving, he ... See full summary »

Directors: Siu-Tung Ching, Stanley Tong | Stars: Jet Li, Brigitte Lin, Michelle Reis, Waise Lee

Votes: 3,566

Swordsman 2

38. Ming jian (1980)

85 min | Action, Thriller

A swordsman and a samurai work together to find a blade.

Director: Patrick Tam | Stars: Qiqi Chen, Adam Cheng, Norman Chu, Jade Hsu

Votes: 289

39. Huang he da xia (1988)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Drama

In this martial arts action-drama, a swordsman named Toh Hong travels home after a long battle to discover his wife and children have been brutally murdered.

Director: Hsin-Yen Chang | Stars: Chenghui Yu, Chi-kang Chao, Shanshan Chunyu, Jianqiang Hu

Votes: 108

40. Bao biao (1969)

101 min | Action, Drama, History

Ying Ke-Feng, head of Peerless Manor, is an expert swordsman whose escort business transports 200,000 taels of silver to the capital each year. This year, however, he is afflicted with an ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Lung Ti, Ching Lee, Miao Ching

Votes: 459

41. Three Kingdoms (2008)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, History

His country torn asunder by civil war, Zhao Zilong, a common man heeds the call of duty and from the humblest of roots rises through the ranks on wings of courage and cunning to command an ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Lee | Stars: Andy Lau, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Maggie Q, Cunxin Pu

Votes: 5,569

42. Di renjie: Tong tian di guo (2010)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

75 Metascore

An exiled detective is recruited to solve a series of mysterious deaths that threaten to delay the inauguration of Empress Wu.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Tony Ka Fai Leung, Chao Deng, Carina Lau, Bingbing Li

Votes: 9,080 | Gross: $0.46M

43. Jian yu (2010)

R | 117 min | Action, History

Drizzle/Zeng Jing tries to start a new life after she had betrayed her gang and hid the remains of monk.

Directors: Chao-Bin Su, John Woo | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Woo-sung Jung, Xueqi Wang, Barbie Hsu

Votes: 6,619

Reign Of Assassins

44. Dung che sai duk (1994)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama

69 Metascore

A broken-hearted hit man moves to the desert where he finds skilled swordsmen to carry out his contract killings.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung

Votes: 11,312 | Gross: $0.17M

45. Cha chi nan fei (1980)

96 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

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Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Lung Ti, Jason Pai Piao, Li Ching, Tony Liu

Votes: 75

The Convict Killer

46. Qing gong qi shi lu (1983)

86 min | Action, Adventure

With the impending death of the Emperor Ching one candidate for the throne hires the lady assassin to get rid of another strong contender.

Director: Chin-Ku Lu | Stars: Tony Liu, Leanne Lau, Siu Chung Mok, Norman Chu

Votes: 72

The Lady Assassin

The Twelve Gold Medallions

48. Qing tie (1980)

98 min | Adventure, Mystery

Wong Yu is an upstart young fighter who gets a job to deliver a box which he is not allowed to know the contents of, but will be paid a fortune once its delivered.

Director: Chung Sun | Stars: Yue Wong, Kuan Tai Chen, Hsiu-Chun Lin, Hui-Ling Liu

Votes: 88

Rendezvous with Death

49. Wu lin sheng huo jin (1983)

85 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

A brother and sister seek vengeance for the death of their parents.

Director: Chin-Ku Lu | Stars: Leanne Lau, Siu Chung Mok, Jason Pai Piao, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok

Votes: 226

Holy Flame Of The Martial World

50. Xin du bi dao (1971)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama

Lei Li lost his right-arm in a sword duel with the master of a martial arts school, long ago. Now, he is able to defend himself well with just his left arm, and kung fu techniques. That he ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Ching Lee, Lung Ti, Feng Ku

Votes: 1,052

The New One Armed Swordsman

51. The Warrior's Way (2010)

R | 100 min | Action, Fantasy, Western

6.3